August 14, 2004

Defining Negro, American Black and American-African

In all of my writings that will appear on this page you will notice the use of words like Negro, American Black, and possibly American-Africans. When you see these words being used, know that they are not referencing the average Black man or woman; these terms are meant to describe a behavior if not a mentality.

The use of the word Negro is a throw back of sorts to a time when Black folk were scared to death of white folk and tried our best to win their approval. So when you see in my writings where I have referred to a so-called Black person as a Negro, know that I am describing their behavior or thought process concerning a particular philosophy or ideology, more than likely a political philosophy and ideology. The other two terms; American Black and American-African will be used to describe those Negro men and women who refuse to self identify as Black or African first. In most cases their refusal to self identify as Black or African first has to do with the history of the Black man and woman in America and in the Diaspora. Black folk have been running from our history for years, we refuse to watch movies that depict what happened to us as it happened, we refuse to read books that speak about the horrors we under went in this nation and in the Diaspora and most of all many of us hate ourselves and try to self identify as anything other than Black. When this behavior is expressed in Black folk in America it is usually from those who suffer from Stockholm Syndrome, they have fallen in love with our captor and now do his or her bidding willingly, they are ashamed of their African roots and cling on tightly to anything that may help them self identify as anything other than Black or African.

As I see it, being a Black Conservative is the number one qualifier for any of the terms above, the Negro men and women who call themselves Black Conservatives are men and women who have accepted a doctrine that is diametrically opposed to the needs and wants of Black men and women. They have chosen to align themselves with white folk that have a philosophy that appeals to the worst kind of people in all of America, the white racist. Whether they admit it or not, the same men and women that are voting for that openly racist Republican in Tennessee that have said if elected he will work towards keeping the “less favored races” from reproducing are the same people that are voting for Bush and the same people the Negro conservatives align themselves with. Make no mistake about it, I abhor the Negro Conservative and believe as Bill Maxwell believe;

“By all standards, some creatures are just plain strange, making us do double takes because their compositions or habits or appearances defy our sense of logic and our way of viewing reality. Take the wildebeest, the warthog, the hyena, the brown pelican, the Shar-Pei. These animals, seemingly wrought by committee, make us laugh or shake our heads. Another such creature, of the human kind -- and perhaps the strangest of all -- is the black Republican.”


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