SPECIAL EDITION: My thoughts on #GeorgeFloyd #policebrutality #police #blacklivesmatter #GeorgeFloydProtests #GeorgeFloydMurder #Christianity

Helloo,

Firstly I am going back to putting out new blog posts every Thursday at 8pm GMT. Now to the body of the post…..

 

I realised that I never put out a statement about George Floyd on my blog.

I would just like to offer my condolences to his family especially his beautiful little girl who is now growing up without a father.

I absolutely do not condone or support the violent MURDER of George Floyd.

One thing that I have noticed from all the footage and stories being told is how fundamentally racist, untrustworthy and frankly dangerous the USA police are.

To be honest I have to go to the USA for my PhD research and some other reasons as well but I now don’t really want to do that. I am genuinely thinking about how I can get away with not going there, as I am genuinely scared of going to the USA right now and it’s not because of COVID-19 *cough* Trump *cough*.

I was thinking about moving there at one point but what if I settle down and have a son and my son takes after my mothers side of the family and is dark skinned? Also, I am brown, WHAT AM I GOING TO DO? lol. I will have to “the talk” with him (and myself) about not resisting the police and then I will have to tell him that George Floyd didn’t resist but he was still murdered …. 😦 Whenever he goes out, I would be scared for him. Will he get arrested for no reason? Will he actually come back at the end of the day? Will he get equality in schooling/university? More to the point,

Will he come back alive at the end of the day?…

I’ve watched the police in video clips beating the stuffing out of ethnic minorities.

I’m sorry but this crap has been going on for ages and the politicians did nothing substantive. The chiefs of police did nothing. Subsequent presidents did nothing. The major Christian musicians, churches and influencers have either not done enough or nothing at all. This stupidness has been going on for ages unbeknown to myself yet all the years I have been listening to the output of major white Christian agents (musicians, mega church pastors, influencers) and I haven’t heard major attempts at sermon series tackling racism from the major white Christian agents either.

Yes you…

I’m talking to you sunshine…

No I’m not talking about somebody else. I am talking to you. Do take this personally.

THIS IS A MAJOR PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE AND DEALING WITH IT IS PART OF PASTORAL CARE, ITS YOUR JOB AS A PASTOR AND YOUR DUTY AS A CHRISTIAN INFLUENCER TO KEEP ABREAST OF THESE KINDS OF ISSUES AND ADDRESS THESE ISSUES BEFORE PEOPLE DIE. Surely you people knew what your police were doing to ethnic minorities?…. Even I knew I just didn’t know how bad it was. Where were you people? You knew this was going on? Where were your books? Where were your sermons? Where were your songs? WHERE WAS YOUR MOOOONNEEEEEYYYYY?????

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This police brutality is absolutely the USA’s dirty little secret. They say the Russians are this that and the other. Well guess what, there is no difference between what their police are doing and or allowing and what the police of the Russians, Chinese and North Koreans do. It’s just the USA has the FRONT to pretend to be some kind of international universal standard and bastion of morality and YOU’RE NOT!

The USA government is hypocritical and will not fully admit they have problems or fully disclose the extent of the police brutality and the systemic racism present in the USA police.

DEAL WITH YOUR PROBLEMS America, the protesters are not your enemy. DEAL WITH THE REAL PROBLEM.

The USA justice system has absolutely no credibility in my eyes. You hear all these stories of people saying that they are in prison and they didn’t do it and the police framed them or the police beat a confession out of them etc. I used to think yeah yeah yeah. BUT NOW!!! I think all of those cases need to be revisited. How many people have been electrocuted, given lethal injections (hung or however else the USA executes people) who were innocent? Damn you…

(obviously this rant excludes all the hard working, decent people who have been campaigning all this time and those who genuinely didn’t know but when they found out galvanised best they could or those who have been campaigning all this but were not well known like that poor old white gentleman who the police shoved over and cracked open his head).

 

I was watching a trashy #realityTV show which showed an example of exploitative #cultural practices of #AfricanAmericans, here are my thoughts…

Hello everyone!

So! The other day I was watching one of those trashy reality TV shows about plastic surgery gone wrong… Anyhoo, I was pleasantly unsurprised by the stupidness I saw.

One thing did stand out however, an African-American transsexual woman (so a man who decided to get plastic surgery and hormones to make himself look like a woman) went to the plastic surgeons with his actual woman friend, something had gone wrong with his plastic surgery and the doctors fixed it. Anyway, we know what the Bible says about homosexuality, that’s not what this blog post is about…

The surgery was a classy place and the surgeons were professionals but they both looked like drag queens even though only one was but that’s not what this blog post is about…

They then proceeded to wiggle their behinds at the surgeons in a manner that I have seen many African-American’s incl, Beyonce do. Beyonce claimed this was African cultural dance… One was loving it and the other was totally unimpressed, well what can you expect from a trashy reality tv show but that’s not what this blog post is about…

The show does a background bit on each patient and their background bit showed them at a burlesque dance club and they were dancing like strippers, the drag queen was especially good at it.. :-S I’m sure there’s more to their lives than that but that’s still not what this blog post is about…

What bothered me and what this blog post is about is how those two people the drag queen and his friend (who was also African-American) misrepresented African-Caribbean people, particularly African-Caribbean women. When people see that kind of stuff they tend to think that that’s what we are all like and it’s just not true, one moment of stupidness can set our whole ethnicity back to the 1700’s.

No offence but sometimes I see African-American’s (not all, I repeat NOT ALL), doing and saying some very stupid things and claiming it as their culture but it’s not their original African culture it’s, a culture that has been shaped by slavery and it is not their original culture. Let me give you a little lesson, come children and let me teach you….

African-American culture is comprised mainly of the scraps of African culture that the White slavers allowed them to keep. The music, food, suspicions of education, lack of community cohesiveness and the hyper-sexualization of the African-Caribbean female. Why did the slavers allow them to keep certain parts of their culture and stamped out others?
The Music
The music placated and pacified the enslaved Africans, making it easier for them to accept their slavery. Had a holistic effect on the enslaved peoples, offsetting the horrors of slavery, providing temporary relief, making it more manageable and gave them a sense of community and belonging. It pacified the enslaved African’s and gave them the illusion of choice and freedom,
How it benefited White people: The holistic effects made them less resistant to White rule.
How it still benefits White people: The enhanced psycho-social realities of stardom and seeing African-Carribbean people as “stars” gives the hope that “anyone can live the American dream” and “look we’re equal see Beyonce is rich etc…” This distracts them from the fact that they are still being ruled by White people. Give them a few famous people to make them think that all is well when it is not.

(N.B. I was going to say “How it benefited racist White people” but then I thought, the things that racist White people did benefited ALL White people in some way so I’ll just say White people in general. Think about it, not everyone was a slaver in the late 1700’s early 1800’s, some were abolitionists like William Wilberforce BUT THEY ALL STILL TOOK SUGAR IN THEIR TEA…..(which would have been farmed by slaves)
The Food
The food, highly seasoned to this day and unhealthy levels of salt. Why? This is because slave food was made up of the scraps of what White people didn’t want to eat, so it was highly seasoned to make it more palatable to hide what they were actually eating.
How it benefited White people: Again, this helped to pacify them and stop them rising up, helping them to cope better with their disenfranchisement.
How it still benefits White people: It’s unhealthy and gives hundreds of African-American people lifestyle diseases every year, they then have to go to White people go to “Massa” and willingly hand over their money to help cure them. White people are capitalising off African-American’s still using slave coping mechanisms with their food.
Lack of interest in education
The lack of interest in education and the cannibalistic (metaphorically) way some African-American’s and other people from the African diaspora who live outside of Africa can behave is appalling. We really do have a problem in our communities when someone wants to better themselves they are sometimes rejected by the community as trying to be “uppity” or “lazy and don’t want to work”. Rubbish.
How it benefited White people: Stopped the enslaved African’s and the eventually emancipated African’s from educating themselves and getting ahead in life. It kept them perpetually subordinated even after slavery. It also gave them reason to assume that African-American’s were feeble minded, not possible of educating and happy for a lower position in life.
How it still benefits White people: It splits the communities making them disorganized and means they have to constantly look to the White man to help them and they are never able to rise to a position to be able to help themselves. It stops them from sorting out their communities fully and gives any White people who still believe in Eugenics or are just racist for racist sake reason to assume that African-American’s are feeble minded, not possible of educating and happy for a lower position in life. Keeps the whole community subjugated and reluctant to improve.
Lack of Community Cohesion
This cultural phenomenon is particular to people from the African diaspora. Not necessarily a problem initially created by White people but it has been worsened and exploited by them. The hierarchy according to skin colour THAT WAS CREATED BY WHITE PEOPLE -_-
How it benefited White people: It stopped the African’s caring for each regardless of colour other and fixing their communities and rising up
How it still benefits White people: It stops the African diaspora caring for each regardless of colour other and fixing our communities and rising up, voting as a cohesive ground en mass and making sure someone like Donald Trump never gets into the Whitehouse again!
The Hyper-Sexualisation of the African-American female
This plays into the hands of the imperialist agenda of White patriarchy. The idea that the African-Amerian woman is somehow overly or overtly sexual, whereas White women are pure and virginal. We see this in modern times when we look at the overtly sexual way some female musicians, models, you name it anyone African-American in the public eye is viewed/presented, some of them don’t even realise what they are doing.
How it benefited White people: For years during slave times this trope was used t legitimise African-American women being seen as nothing more than sexual animals and good for nothing else. This trope has been also been used to justify the abuse, disenfranchisement and rape of African-American women because if they are hyper-sexual animals they were asking for it right?
How it still benefits White people: Gives them leave to still treat our women with suspicion like animals and continue to use us sexually and discard us cruelly when they are done. This also is off-putting for White men who maybe do not want to associate with us because of it and stops White women wanting to be us further separating the ethnic groups, lifting the White women over the African diaspora women, keeping both the White women and the African diaspora women subject to White men’s ideas of womanhood and keeping the African diaspora women subject to African diaspora men. (African diaspora is just another term for someone with African heritage).

I’ve got nothing against White people, I’m into my vanilla in a big way. All of my boyfriends were White despite my first crush being Jamaican. I can’t help it if I keep on bumping into White guys who like Brown women but understand what is going on and don’t set your people back to the 18th Century with your behaviour.

There is nothing inherently wrong with art, food, not wanting to go to university and sex. However, just understand that these things can be distractions from your purpose. Watch the kinds of cultural traditions that racist White people encourage you to do. These things can be distractions that help to debase you and your people.

Be weary of these tropes and make sure that your behaviour is your own and not the outworking of patriarchal White man’s imperialistic vision designed to debase and make money off you. We (African-Caribbean people) have a rich heritage that has been stripped of all of it’s colour, it’s community and dignity by slavery. Do not misappropriate it. When you see other people wiggling their bums and gyrating claiming that as culture don’t emulate it, it’s not our culture, it is an imperialistic reading of what a “Black person” is. Such behaviour is encouraged because it dehumanizes us and that makes us easier to exploit and make money off us.

I refuse to take on collective guilt for other peoples stupidity but that does not mean that people outside of the African diaspora don’t have a collective understanding of us either.

That drag queen who was African-American and his friend lived up to the stereotypes put in place way back in the Antebellum south. The White man who he was giving his money to, to help fix his self inflicted problem was encouraging him and his female friend to do the things that kept him wrapped up in the predicament he was in, in the first place, which rendered him no choice but to willingly give his money to a White man. (He got implants so he could look bootylicious and act like a whore and he was being bootylicious and acting like a whore in the surgeons office and the surgeon encouraged him and his friend to carry on but wanting to be that way is why he ended up in the surgery giving the man money do you see the cycle?). There’s nothing wrong with being sexy, we are all sexual beings because we’re human but be sexual and sensual not debauched and contextualise it properly. Right place right time, in a way that doesn’t compromise you:

e.g. bikini on the beach, great idea! bikini at a funeral… maybe not lol.

Certain cultural activities are also used to pacify ethnic groups, acting as cultural opiates, making you happy to accept your lot and not fight for progress because you’re having too much of a good time, whilst giving the ruling class reason not to allow you too. Take Britain for example. In the late 1950’s there were race riots, the African-Caribbean population wanted better treatment and there were racial tensions. So what did the British government do to appease them and make them quiet down.? They let them have a big party that they still do annually known today as the Notting Hill Carnival…

How nice…

Catherine