“Banish The Bling:” Joe McCarthy Must Be Break Dancin’ In His Grave
The great Knee-grew author, Fox News contributor and chef (Juan-Tom Soup), Juan Williams writes…
“Banish The Bling
A Culture of Failure Taints Black America
By Juan Williams
Have we taken our eyes off the prize? The civil rights movement continues, but the struggle today is not so much in the streets as in the home — and with our children. If systemic racism remains a reality, there is also a far more sinister obstacle facing African American young people today: a culture steeped in bitterness and nihilism, a culture that is a virtual blueprint for failure.
The emphasis on young people in today’s civil rights struggle is rooted in demographics. America’s black, Hispanic and immigrant population is far younger than its white population. Those young people of color live in the big cities and rely on big-city public schools.
With 50 percent of Hispanic children and nearly 70 percent of black children born to single women today these young people too often come from fractured families where there is little time for parenting. Their search for identity and a sense of direction is undermined by a twisted popular culture that focuses on the “bling-bling” of fast money associated with famous basketball players, rap artists, drug dealers and the idea that women are at their best when flaunting their sexuality and having babies…“The real question is how one does battle with the culture of failure that is poisoning young people — and do so without incurring the wrath of critics who say we are closing our eyes to existing racial injustice and are “blaming the victim.”
Who controls the “Culture of Failure,” the culture of “Bling-Bling?” Who indeed is “poisoning” young people? Who controls what Fiftee Cent burps out of his Gucci sewn handkerchief head? Who controls Hip Hop? Who controls MTV? Cable TV? Hollywood studios? Who has black children believing all they need is one ‘misogynistic, gangsta-refried’ record deal? That all they have to do is trade their black dignity for some gold plated chains?
“They get you drunk and then lock you up for being drunk; they sell you whiskey and then lock you up for being drunk. They sell you a deck of cards and then lock you up for using them…Many of our people turn to crime. Stealing, gambling, prostitution; crimes that have been organized by the white man… You don’t organize any crime HE organizes the crime!”
HE organizes the brainwashing and the propaganda, too. The white man trots out his “colored mind doubles” (Ishmael Reed) to savage black people and to smudge the fingerprints of racism/white supremacy on the door knobs of our wretched condition. White people control the words and images of black people on the radio, on television, on the movie screen. They have a vested interest in degrading our people – it sells – and they utilize all of their powers to affect this (real) degradation for profit.
And then they get their Juan-Toms to cover their tracks.