*Saying that the image of a white Jesus is racist and offensive to African Americans, a North Carolina based minister is calling for a national boycott “Son of God” movie that opens in theaters this weekend.
Minister Paul Scott aka TRUTH Minista of the Durham, NC based Messianic Afrikan Nation says that he is outraged that even in 2014, many people in this country still promote the, historically, inaccurate image of a Caucasian Christ.
He is asking that the black community not support the film which is to be released on February 28, which, ironically is the last day of Black History Month.
Ima be fresh as hell if the feds watchin’ – Feds Watchin’ 2 Chainz
*Many people across the country are upset over the outcome of the George Zimmerman trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin. And rightly so.
The trial was a miscarriage of so called justice if I’ve ever seen one. However, the fact that we can’t sleep on. is that for the past two weeks the whole ‘hood has been on trial.
From the day that the George Zimmerman trial began, most of the focus of the media was not on the death of an innocent 17 year old Black kid, but on how Black folks in Sanford, Florida and ‘hoods across America were gonna react if Zimmerman was found not guilty.
While people in this country claimed to be on a nightly “verdict watch,” in reality, they were on a 24/7 “riot watch.” What is interesting is that the tactics the Feds used to monitor black rage in Sanford were the same ones that they have, historically, used over and over again when they think that there is the possibility of “urban unrest.” The preemptive strike against the hood has gone on for decades.
One of the strategies that they used in preparation for the Zimmerman verdict was to call together “local leaders” (preachers/community organizers) in order to get their followers to remain calm after the verdict was announced. They have used this tactic before. During the pre-LA Rebellion in 1992, the Po Po instituted a program called “Operation Cool Response” where they reached out to the same group of folks to keep the streets from gettin’ rowdy. So, since one of the current catch phrases in Hip Hop is “turnt up” maybe they call this ”Operation Turnt Down?”
Also, according to media sources such as USA Today, the Sanford Police Department set up snitching operations called “rumor control hot lines” to keep tabs on the streets. So, if you heard your next door neighbor blastin’ F*** the Police by NWA verdict night, it was your civic duty as a law abiding citizen to call the snitch hot line and drop a dime. This tactic has also been used before.. According to Dr. Patricia Turner in her book. “Heard It Through the Grapevine,” rumor control networks go as far back as World War II as “an effort to prevent potentially adverse hearsay of all sorts from gaining credibility.”
The media has, also, long played a role in snitching on the hood. I’m sure that many freedom fighters during the Black Power Movement were confused as to how statements they made to a mild mannered news person wound up in their court case file. According to Samuel Yette in his classic work, “The Choice: The Issue of Black Survival in America” , in 1969, the Justice Department subpoenaed the “unpublished notes of reporters from Newsweek, the New York Times, CBS and Time Life” who had interviewed members of the Black Panther Party.
I also found it strange that the pre -verdict police predictions of no violent protests in major cities across America was followed by a post verdict CNN map pinpointing protests across the country that they claimed to be nonviolent. So the question becomes, how did they know? There had to be some level of surveillance both pre and post Zimmerman verdict.
What is most ironic is that barely a month ago, white America was all up in arms by the “Prism” revelation by Edward Snowden that accused the government of using social media and cell phone data to spy on American citizens. If there
had been an announcement that a Tea Party or a National Rifle Association protest had been monitored because of unsubstantiated threats of violence, you can best believe that there would have been hell to pay. But since many people in power think that Black people are only interested in rap music and reality shows, there was no such outcry.
African Americans did not really need an Edward Snowden to tell us that we’re being watched, as researchers such as the late Steve
Cokely ,warned us about the intelligence community 20 years ago. We have a long history of being under the microscope via the military or the
Feds that goes back to the Marcus Garvey Era of the early 20th century.
And more information is being revealed everyday.
One of the most interesting things that came out of the trial coverage was Fox News’ revelation that the US Justice Department’s Community Relations Service, took an active role in the Trayvon Martin rallies, last year. The agency was set up in 1964 and, supposedly, serves as a “peacemaker for community conflicts over race.” But the same question must be posed that was asked of FBI agents during the Civil Rights Movement, “are you protecting us or are you watching us?”
Although the powers that be would like to downplay the outrage in the hood over the Zimmerman acquittal it must be noted that they invested a lot of time. money and resources to keep the hood in check.
The tactics that were used against the Black community during the recent Zimmerman trial seem to have been taken right out of the Richard Nixon playbook on “Law and Order” and anyone one who cannot see that is either blind or stupid.
“She’s so self conscious/has no idea what she’s doin’ in college” (All Falls Down)- Kanye West
*On the block, he was once known as “Big Ferg,” now ,after a couple of years at Hillman College he prefers to go by his government name, Hamilton Winston Ferguson III . He no longer has time to kick it with the homies like he did back in the day. Nah, he’s too busy discussing philosophy, economics and heavy intellectual stuff with his new upwardly mobile college chums. However, every homecoming weekend you can find him in the club gettin’ tipsy and rockin’ to Rick Ross. No different than the brothers on the block he left behind….
It’s that time of year again. A time for football, elections and most importantly, college homecomings. Matter of fact, at most HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) homecoming even surpasses graduation weekend as the social event of the year.
However, the question that I have always had is, how do our institutions of “higher learning” always manage to find the lowest form of entertainment for their homecoming shows? Is there some unwritten rule that you have to get straight ig’nant every homecoming weekend ?
Don’t get me wrong. I get it. After spending four hours a day slavin’ over books in boring classes, every homecoming weekend (or in many cases, every single weekend) students feel the need to get their party on and blow off some steam. But some people have to cope with harder situations. What about the Brothers and Sisters trapped in the ‘hood who say that the reason that they walk around with a 40 and a blunt all day, with Gucci Mane blastin’ through their headphones is to escape the pain of ghetto life ?
What is sad is that Black colleges have always been viewed as the breeding grounds for future leaders who are gonna take African Americans to the next level. So why do they support rappers who are hell bent on leading our children down a path of destruction by paying them major dollars to perform at their homecoming shows every year?
Contrary to popular belief , Hip Hop artists (unless they are 50 Cent status )don’t make their money from cd sells. The newer artists make their dollars by touring clubs and college campuses. And homecoming season is their time for cashin’ in.
So although, we try to blame the current state of Hip Hop on Hen-Dog from the ‘hood who is always downloading Waka Flocka Flame cds or Lil Bobby from the ‘burb’s who gets 15 dollars from mumsy very Tuesday to vicariously rep the ‘hood through Lil Wayne, the real culprits are the college brainiacs who actually bankroll the mysogynistic, minstrel murda music.
Some like to give rappers like Chief Keef a pass, sayin’ that they are just reppin’ their hoods. Problem is, if you are reading this while chillin’ in your dorm room, listening to a Chief Keef mixtape ,you ain’t. Actually, you are guilty of exploiting the people who really have to live that way for your own entertainment pleasure.
Traditionally, college students are supposed to be representing the best hopes and aspirations of an entire race. Although many students are beatin’ people over the head this fall about how our ancestors “died for our right to vote” what about those who died for our right to read a book ? What is your responsibility to them?
This is not to say that all college students have neglected their responsibilities.
Back in 2004, a group of women at Spelman College, protested against Nelly’s Tip Drill video, causing the rapper to abort his visit to the campus instead of facing the music. Also, back in 2009, students at FAMU and NC A@T demanded to know why their student funds were going towards modern day minstrel shows.
The responsibility also rests on Black students on predominantly white college campuses ,as they also have the worst forms of Hip Hop at their homecoming events. If Black college students on these campuses allow rappers to run across stage droppin’ the N bomb all homecoming night they should not be upset when their college professors greet Biffy the next Monday morning with “ good morning Mr Armstrong, “ but give Tyrone a fist bump and say, “what up my n*****”
Can Black college students really change Hip Hop. Of course they can.
There are many examples of entertainers who became superstars based solely on the support that they received from white college campuses.( Hootie and the Blowfish being just one example.) They even created their own genre called Frat Rock. That begs the question, why have Black college students not rallied behind political Hip Hop artists that kick knowledge instead of supporting every hot new artist on the radio talkin’ nonsense? Maybe they could create a genre called HBCU Hip Hop that represents the mission statement of their schools?
Also, perhaps they could use their Hip Hop classes for forums to develop ways to use rap music as a way to make social, political and economic changes in society instead of a way to get an easy A or kill time discussing who is the greatest lyricist of all-time, Jay Z or Biggie?
Fortunately, on every campus, there is always that courageous person who is not afraid to speak the truth. There is that small group that appreciates real Hip Hop. Somewhere ,there is an underground organization that is willing to go all out, to make sure that Black children have a future. This is the movement that will bring change. And when those revolutionists link up with like minds on other campuses, you will see not only a change in Hip Hop, but the condition of the Black community ,in general.
Unfortunately, most college students are tryin’ too hard to be like “the streets” instead of inspiring the streets to be like them.
Rakim told us back in the day that “follow the leader is the title, theme, task.” But what happens when there are no leaders to follow?
TRUTH Minista Paul Scott’s weekly column is “This Ain’t Hip Hop,” a column for intelligent Hip Hop headz. For more information on the No Warning Shots Fired lecture series contact email@example.com or visit No Warning Shots Fired.com Follow on Twitter @truthminista
*”Every brother ain’t a brother/cause a color could just as well be undercover” — Welcome to the Terrordome Public Enemy
They had procrastinated for years, but unable to ignore the issue any longer, the Hip Hop Supreme Court put the hottest rapper in the game, Fake Graham aka Frizzy on trial for hate crimes against the Hip Hop community. The rap justices ran off a list of charges against the artist including tarnishing the legacy of real Hip Hop, disrespecting women and most damaging,excessively using the N word, when, technically, he wasn’t even Black. While the charges were being read, Frizzy just yawned and nodded in agreement. It took five minutes for the justices to come up with a guilty verdict. But when it came time to decide what the punishment would be, they argued and debated so long, that finally Frizzy told them to call his people when they reached a decision , got in his limo and sped away…
People have been complaining about the atrocities done in the name of Hip Hop for decades and how the rapper of the month has sold out to corporate interests at the expense of the culture. However, when the question becomes, “ So, whatcha gonna do about it” there is never a definite answer.
Perhaps the best example, today, is Hip Hop’s glamor boy, Drake. The issue here is not the former kid show actor’s, lack of “street cred” nor whether you find his music irritating to the eardrums. But the fact that he drops the N bomb in so many of his lyrics. Even on his latest track, “Enough Said” with the late Aaliyah , Drake seems to have a certain affinity for the word.
In all fairness, rappers have been saying n**** since the first Hip Hop park jams and you would be hard pressed to name one Hip Hop artist that doesn’t use the derogatory term. But the difference with Drake is; he ain’t Black.
If you look at the Jewish mother rule, if your mama is Jewish, that makes you Jewish. And since Drake’s father is an African American but his mother is a white, Jewish Canadian, that makes him the latter. (I didn’t make the rule, I’m just telling you what it says,) This is also compounded by the fact that you would be hard pressed to see where Drake even identifies with the dark side of his family tree, unless you consider hangin’ out with Lil Wayne and excessive use of the N word as evidence of his African roots.
Although, one may argue that the one drop rule and the dominance of melanin in his skin may make Drake racially “Black”, that has nothing to do with what that makes him culturally. So what we are dealing with here is not race but the politics of cultural identity.
Who can and cannot say n**** has long been debated in Hip Hop. Latino entertainers like Fat Joe and Jennifer Lopez have gotten by on the “Latino’s are n***** too” argument and white women like V Nasty and Gwyneth Paltrow, supposedly, have obtained signed ghetto passes from Hip Hop’s elite, allowing them to use the word. However, it is an unwritten rap rule, that while a Black rapper can use the word at will, a white rapper is subject to a beat down for even using “nickel” in a sentence without clarifying his statement.
And most white Hip Hop artists aren’t that stupid. Although, they may hire Black rappers to use the word on their Cd’s. they will never utter the word, themselves.
Case in point is when Dave Mays and Benzino, formerly of The Source Magazine went on a wild, witch hunt to find evidence of Eminem saying something even remotely disrespectful about Black people years back and came up with nothing really tangible besides a lyric in a long lost unreleased track.
But what if the person has dark skin, but, culturally, is a card carrying member of another ethnic group.? Should he be given a pass to use racial slurs without being called on it?
Herein lies the Drake dilemma.
There is a certain amount of hypocrisy surrounding Drake’s use of the word . Although he will ,undoubtedly, use the Black half of his genetic makeup to justify using the N word, I doubt very seriously if he would ever use his Jewish half to justify using the “K” or “H” word. Nor would he hide behind the First Amendment and get a swastika tatted on his arm.
Nor should he.
However, if Drake did use anti-Jewish terms with the same frequency as he uses anti-Black terms he would not be celebrated in the media as the greatest thing in Hip Hop since Run DMC, but would be demonized in the press for “spewing venomous hate speech “ and forever condemned as an anti-Semite on some organization’s hate group list. To date, nobody has tagged him an “anti-Hamite” or “anti-Khemite.”
Every ethnic group has the God given right to defend its culture, that is the only way to secure its survival for future generations. However, it becomes problematic when the blatant disrespect of a culture is roundly applauded on one side but, vehemently, condemned on the other.
Ultimately, it is not Drake’s fault for disrespecting the Black community. Nor does the fault fall at the feet of any individual commercial Hip Hop artist. The blame lies with every rapper who grabs a mic, every Hip Hop writer with a laptop and every Hip Hop fan who listens to the radio because we co-sign the madness.
Even the most militant critic who continuously blasts the state of Hip Hop would become a 13 year old teenage girl if Drake just looked in his direction.
“OMG…Like…did you see the way that Drake just smiled at me? Awwww!”
At some point we have to begin to stand on principles.
Let’s be clear. No one should use the N word , whether it be the hate speech of White people or the self-hate speech of Blacks.
And until we come to a general consensus as to what should be done to those who diss Black culture, we will still be talking about this 100 years from now.
Like Drake asked on the Aaliyah song, “Is this even still a discussion, don’t you ever wake up disgusted ?”
TRUTH Minista Paul Scott’s weekly column is “This Ain’t Hip Hop,” a column for intelligent Hip Hop headz. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His website is NoWarningShotsFired.com