These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, Which as they kiss consume.
—William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act II Scene III (via penofthepeople)
Junius Stinney was the youngest person in America to be executed on death row in 1944 at age 14. He was quickly accused by the (white police) of ‘killing’ two little (white girls) with lack of evidence. His conviction and sentencing opened and closed in one day. There were no witnesses called and there was no transcript of the trial details and black people were not allowed inside the courtroom during that time.
[I always repost this because i don’t want anyone to forget about him!]
May Allah rest his soul in peace
Yes. I have no shame.
I am Racist against Stereotypes.
The typical stereotypes that plague all the minorities around the world. Black people being church-loving fanatics who wear overly-sized hats, talk with Ignorant Slurs and love Fried Chicken.
Spanish people who barely can say a decent word in English, dress scandalous and always throw Spanish in their conversations when clearly everyone in the room speaks English.
Asians who are overly smart, nerdy and lack proper communication skills in America.
The list goes on and on.
But before all the Minorites start hunting me down with pitchforks, look at yourselves first.
YOU LET IT HAPPEN.
The main example is Tyler Perry. Honestly, he is one of the most well-known African American Director and Producer in the Entertainment industry and look at what he creates. Pure Stereotypical material. (i.e., The Madea series, House of Payne, Daddy’s Little Girls, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, etc.) The basis for these stories are the same; a person is struggling with drugs or abuse, they go to church but it doesn’t help at first, they find guidance in a sassy-talking friend and then all of a sudden church clicks, hallelujers are raised and everybody goes and has Sunday Dinner. He puts African Americans is such stereotypical scenarios that its disgusting. Some African Americans don’t even go to church dressed like that! And most don’t have a Southern Accent dripping with humidity.
Most African Americans DON’T come from the south. They speak properly and don’t go threw these ridiculous scenarios. Some are raised in high-class neighborhoods with boarding schools, some are raised in a middle-class towns with a standard education and normal healthy life. Just because you’re Black doesn’t mean you were raised around Guns and Crack!
Instead of making these degrading movies, why doesn’t he make an intelligent thriller with a Minority cast, something thought-provoking such as "Inception", "Atonement", or "The Bone Collector"? No. Of course not. Why? Because it will flunk. Of course none of us want to see our kind in an intelligent movie. We need to step up and see the truth. We hate to be stereotyped but we’re all laughing along at the buffoonery on “Meet the Browns”.
As I was thinking about my disgust for Tyler Perry and reading ,"The Dream of Perpetual Motion", another thought occurred to me. Why isn’t this book in the African American section of Borders? Isn’t Dexter Palmer the author of this book, a Steampunk Masterpiece, African American? Yes his is but he doesn’t fit the typical mold of Black Literature.
Yes. I said it. Black Literature. Because that’s how the world has labeled those soft-core pornographic street ghetto romance novels that grace the lovely shelves of the African American section in any bookstore. Don’t tell me that this section is named because of historical books cataloged there because it isn’t. You will never see a graceful African American writer such as Dexter Palmer be placed in that section. He is upgraded to a more appropriate location placed by readers, the Fiction section. Do you think it is fair that great African American writers have to placed next to this:
This shouldn’t be what represents African American Literature. This sets us back by hundreds of years. Don’t you get it? We are keeping the stereotypes alive! There shouldn’t even be a section on African American Literature. Writers like Maya Angelou shouldn’t be labeled of her decent but rather for her work. It should blend in with all the rest of the books but it doesn’t. It’s the most ghetto-looking section of them all since any good literature is hidden among raunchy stagnant waves of oppression.
I know I’m not "Black" but I have African American friends and I have felt their hurts of Racisim.
ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR WENT THREW SLAVERY.
We are all Minorities and when one of us look bad, we ALL look bad. But who do we throw the blame to?
And who is to blame?
Us. You. Me. We are all to blame.
We, the buyers and consumers who condone this ludicrous behavior.
People, it is time to put our foot down.