Unapologetically Black

Markitta-1011ad

Turning Pain Into Laughter Since 2011

Some people say we’ve got a lot of malice
Some say it’s a lot of nerve
But I say we won’t quit moving until we get what we deserve
We have been bucked and we have been scorned
We have been treated bad, talked about as just bones
But just as it takes two eyes to make a pair, ha
Brother we can’t quit until we get our share
Say it loud: I’m black and I’m proud! ~James Brown

I am a black woman and I love all things Black. I love my brown skin and think that all shades of black are beautiful. I’m a paid member of the NAACP and was very active in the collegiate chapter of the NAACP when I was in college. I was a committee chair and sat on the executive board during my entire undergraduate career. I was a paid member of the Black Student Association also. I’m all for equal rights, equal opportunity, and the uplifting of ‘my people’. I support as many black businesses as I can and make a conscious effort not to participate in the putting down of other black individuals, or any individuals. But can a person be too pro black? To radical when it comes to enlightening society of the injustices done to the black community? Can someone play the race card too much, making EVERY situation an injustice toward black people? Well, I have a friend that we’ll refer to as Joe Black. Mr Black has been elected as the president of the “If It Ain’t Black Then It’s Just Wack” club. His job as president includes informing his subjects, on a daily basis, just how bad the human race treats all black people. I had the opportunity to ask Mr Black a few questions and I got some pretty interesting answers:

Me: You’ve been filling up your followers Instagram timeline with a lot of controversial posts on issues regarding injustices toward black people. People kind of see you as the king of informing the black, and white, community that the black race hasn’t come as far as the world says we have. What feedback have you gotten regarding your Instagram pics and Facebook status’?

Mr. Black: The most I’ve heard is, “Why are you posting this stuff?” or some of my white friends and followers have tried to convince me to ‘forget it’.

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Me: So why all the ‘informative’ posts now? Not that you haven’t always been pro black but you’ve been on it lately.

Mr. Black: You remember hearing the saying, “If you don’t want black people to know something put it in a book”? I started reading more. Plus I started watching more documentaries on our history. Lastly, some of the things I use to wonder about when I was young, come to find out I was right about most of what I thought about.

Me: How do you view the police? Do you respect their authority? Have your views on their roles and responsibilities to the community, as far as providing safety and security, changed any after doing your research? Especially in light of the recent incidences of black men being shot and killed by police officers.

Mr. Black: I don’t care too much for the police. Had one call me a nigger to my face once…at my own home. I do, however, respect a good cop but that doesn’t make them that good if they’re not fighting to change the things they see that are wrong. They keep quiet! They provide safety and security but mostly for whites against people who look like me. I do respect their authority but as you can see they abuse it…A LOT!

Me: How do you view other races? Particularly whites.

Mr. Black: I respect other races and their culture. However, I do wish that my race (African Americans) would build our own. Hell, we have a $1 trillion-dollar spending power. That, along with building up our own communities and businesses, generates much power. Sometimes I wish we had never integrated.

Me: WOW! Life without integration! How do you think things would be today?

Mr. Black: Before integration we were a ‘together people’. In every way, together. We had black cities, banks, businesses, etc. It wasn’t until we integrated that we started dividing. We integrated into a system that wasn’t created for us (black people). So they can and have made the rules to keep us out, down, divided, and dumb! Their laws are not made for us.

I have to admit, I kind of agree with his thoughts on integration. But to look at his Instagram and Facebook posts, one would think that he is extremely radical and against anything that isn’t Black. Fortunately, I know Mr. Black personally so I know this isn’t the case. But can one be too ‘pro black’? To the point where they seem to be racist against all non minorities? This is a quote from one of Mr. Black’s Instagram post:

“Besides what I posted the other day…another Black Man has been murdered! That’s number 111+ dead Black Men! Don’t want to hear ‘Let’s go to church and pray’. #FuckThat #FuckAmeriKKKa”

Do you get tired of your Facebook and Instagram friends filling up your timeline with reminders of how badly black people are treated? How much we went through to make it to today? How much is too much? Is it necessary to remind everyone that racism is still very much alive and the injustices to Blacks occur on a daily basis?

Check out some of Mr. Blacks posts and let me know if you think it’s ‘too much’:

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Kitta, a native of Jackson, TN, is a Laugh Coach, blogger and co-founder of Can I Laugh Now? This Traveling Media Personality is a graduate of the University of Memphis, where she earned her degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice.  Kitta believes in spreading joy, one laugh at a time.

Kitta, a native of Jackson, TN, is a Laugh Coach, blogger and co-founder of Can I Laugh Now? This Traveling Media Personality is a graduate of the University of Memphis, where she earned her degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Kitta believes in spreading joy, one laugh at a time.

One thought on “Unapologetically Black

  1. Lol it’s funny because I know who Mr. Black is! But he makes some interesting points regarding not intergrating. I wrote a blog post called Do All Lives Really Matter and I mentioned how our race was so much more unified back in the Civil Rights era. Back then we had a common cause to fight for but now it seems like everyone is just out for themselves. The only time we seem to want to come together is when someone outside of our race kills one of our own.

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