The Deserving Poor, Welfare and American Dreams

Throughout the historical landscape of the United States a dream has been engrained in a pseudo-American identity. Some call this the American dream; others might refer to it as the American fallacy. Unfortunately, people who experience poverty in the United States very rarely have the opportunity to call this dream a reality. The trajectory of the poor is contextualized inside of a dichotomy. This polarization is two fold: those who are “deserving” and those who are “undeserving.” Furthermore, due to this dichotomous assessment, over the last hundred years the struggle to be considered “deserving” has dictated and been interwoven into policy, public opinion, and political agendas.

What "Do" do We do?

Standing in line at Potbelly’s deli, I hear “Excuse me, but.. I was just wondering what you do to your hair?” About sixteen inches of curly, usually frizzy, untamed, natural madness and somehow women ask me this a few times every week. Sometimes her hair looks just like mine, sometimes it’s heavily processed and looks like it  wants to be treated like mine, and once in awhile she has thin, straight,  blonde hair and a little girl by her side whose outgrowing pigtails.

Herman Cain's 9-9-9 Plan Has 6-6-6 Written All Over It

The number of Beast is a term in the Book of Revelation, of the New Testament, that is associated with the first Beast of Revelation chapter 13, the Beast of the sea. In most manuscripts of the New Testament and in English translations of the Bible, the number of the Beast is 666. Those who dwell on the Earth are deceived into making an image of the Beast as a means to worship his authority. It is the lamb-horned beast who breathes life into the “image of the beast”, so that the image becomes alive and is able to speak. It also declares death to anyone who does not worship the authority of the Beast. (Revelation 13:14-15)

 

While Herman Cain may not be a beauty or a beast, his 9-9-9 Tax Plan is just as surreptitiously deceiving  as the image of the beast. Cain has offered what he calls a simple tax plan to take the place of the current tax code, which he says is too complicated. Cain, a Republican candidate for president, touts a 9-9-9 plan: a 9 percent income tax, a 9 percent sales tax and a 9 percent business tax. When you denude all the masked up talking-points and actually examine the plan at it’s core, it spells Ronald Wilson Reagan sorry I meant 6-6-6.

How Can I Lead A Generation?

We hear it everyday, “Somebody should do something about…” or “this generation needs a good leader”. I have found that in my generation there is hope for such remarks. Many of my peers are not only in agreement but actively pursuing leadership in different ways from leading marches for a trauma center on the south side of Chicago to working Obama’s campaign. I am inspired by the power that we have as youth but also cautious because power without direction can be fatal. I find myself examining my role in this climate of change.

A recent experience in a school caused me to look my responsibility in the face.

No, the Government Does Not Want Your Guns

Remember when last month NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre talked about the,”massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the Second Amendment in our country”? Yeah, I’m thinking he was a little off. Sadly, paranoid gun talk and fear is how the NRA recruits new members, but his whole the “government wants our guns” myth is being shattered by the real non violent movement that started with Occupy Wall Street.

Hey, remember when the Tea Party folks were excising their “right to bear arms” by showing up where the President was speaking strapped and even went as far as marching on Washington with their guns? And remember when the secret service and police tear gassed, harassed, beat and arrested those Tea Party protestors? You don’t? That’s because it never happened. If the government was really about taking away guns they had a perfect opportunity to crack down on a group of obviously delusional individuals, packing heavy artillery, and showing up in areas of high security. If President Obama wanted to hatch some “conspiracy” he had a perfect opportunity at that time.

On How Beyonce Parties

Happy Halloween.

Although it was my initial instinct to write a nice little note to white college students about prudence in choosing Halloween costumes, since most of the parties happened last weekend, it seemed like an irrelevant post. Instead, I will wait for a photo gallery on the HuffPo and pretend to be appalled. So this morning, I’ll briefly consider another kind of racial performance. That’s right, Beyonce in whiteface–sorta.

In case you missed it, Ms. Knowles-Carter released her third video in as many weeks last week. This time, it was the visual for the jam, “Party.” The original, featuring Kanye West and 3-stacks, is so dope, mostly for phrases like “You got the swag sauce, you drippin’ swagu,” and “Black like havin’ yo’ cousin back.” Gems of genius, really. This video version denies us the pleasure of seeing Ye and Dre kick with Bey and replaces them with that dude, J. Cole, who apparently forgot to read the “Don’t ever try to fill in Dre’s footsteps–ever,” memo. But that’s not why I’m writing. Here’s the clip:

The Minstrel Case Studies

I’m disturbed by the way case studies, especially those facilitated by the University of Pennsylvania, approach Black men. They screened me last week for an investigation into how Black men make good decisions. Their questions violated my dignity: asking first if I was sexually active (what they determined as the essence of a relationship) and then followed up with a curiosity about “chicks on the side” I may have. For representatives of an Ivy League school to speak to me in a such a manner revealed the set-up. Race theorist always talk about the symbolic creation of “niggers” through knowledge, and indeed this study was the concrete conspiracy.

The 6(66) CREEPIEST Rap Songs EVER!

With Halloween just around the corner, I feel it’s my duty to freak everyone out with my blog this week.

So for your listening and viewing (dis)pleasure, I present to you the 6(66) Creepiest Rap Songs Ever.

Heavy Metal usually gets all the credit for producing music that keeps sane people up at night. But don’t get it twisted; Hip Hop has cursed us with some of the sickest and most sadistic sounds ever committed to tape.

Don’t believe me? Keep reading, if you dare …

 

The 6(66) Creepiest Rap Songs Ever!