Media and The Modern Day Slave Mentality

Posted: February 14, 2013 in Black History
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bobAlthough I said I’m not doing monthly themes anymore, I still feel it appropriate to discuss a lot of “black issues” during Black History Month because it’s one of the only times of the year that black people might just pay attention to them. Hence the common thread of “black topics” this month. I stumbled across this video on YouTube and while I don’t agree with every single thing that is stated or the language and terms used, I still think the overall points being made are important to recognize. I apologize for the poor quality as well, but hopefully you’ll still get the gist. ALSO, PLEASE BE WARNED THAT THE VIDEO IS PRETTY EXPLICIT.

Like many my age or older, I don’t remember learning a whole lot about slavery growing up. Sure the fact that it happened was mentioned, but it was never delved into at length or in detail. The overall storyline was always this: it happened 400 years ago, Africans were forced to come to America against their will via slave ships, they worked on plantations picking cotton and other things, they were beaten and treated unfairly, and Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery. That was generally it. So whenever I heard the word slavery in regards to black people I just always pictured Africans in shackles or plantation workers picking cotton. That was about as far as my imagination went.

It wasn’t until I watched this video, that my interest was sparked to dig deeper and find out more specifics. That’s when I went and watched the movie “Goodbye Uncle Tom” (the movie that these scenes were pulled from). That’s when I got a real idea of what had really been done in detail to my ancestors. It also opened my eyes to the parallel themes we witness today in the media, the black music industry, and the black culture period. Basically it explains a lot as far as the high sexual energies in media today, the exploitation of black women in the media, the black male’s agreement and participation in the exploitation, and the acceptance of that exploitation by black women.

The women we see in the media, in these music videos, etc. who are practically naked, twerking, booty shaking for the world to see, selling their sex, and leaving nothing to the imagination are the minority. That’s right! There are more black women who are against that type of behavior than not. The issue is that those women will never get major platforms in mainstream media. Therefore, all you see is the same ole’ faces (pardon same ole’ asses) because that is what appears on TV. The media is how the majority of black people are being raised and guided in this day and age. Children don’t go out and play anymore. They plop right down in front of the TV and MTV and BET are spending more quality time with them than the parents. So because we see these images over and over and hear it talked about and glorified in the music we listen to from early on, we really start to believe that this is what we should be doing – walking around wearing as little as possible and shaking our ass for cash and attention. The black male thinks it’s cool and adoring to put his black women in front of the camera to bust it open for the entire world to see. This means he’s “big pimpin”. He’s running sh*t. He doesn’t even realize, in actuality, that he’s telling all the world to take his black queens and have their way with them. I love the comparison the video points out when they show how the women were being exploited by the effeminized black male during slavery and how, ironically, it looks exactly like a lot of the music videos we see today. The problem is that most black men and women won’t admit this because they don’t see the similarity. They don’t see the similarity because they can’t! Why? Because we’ve never learned exactly what slavery really was. So if you don’t really know what something is, how can you possibly know when you’ve become a part of it, an aid to it?

Don’t get me wrong. I listen to a lot of rap and hip-hop. Yes, I enjoy the music. However, I think it’s important to draw the line between listening to something cool to bop your head along to and actually taking it far enough to draw your principles of life from it. Dig deeper. Know where and why this behavior started before you join the mass minority in the movement to make the mass majority of black people appear as sex crazed, self-exploiting, modern day, mentally enslaved ignorant numskulls.

  1. YBF says:

    This is some strong stuff here. I hope others get enlightened from it. Keep up the great research!

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