R. Kelly: Sexual Predator or Scapegoat?

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I anticipate that this post will be unpopular. I acknowledge the contention that my assertions will certainly prompt and welcome the scathing comments in the section below. With that being said, I still very must feel that my perspective is worthy of articulation and exposure to those that care to listen.

Singer and R&B legend R.Kelly made headlines this week for allegedly assembling a sex cult consisting of underaged girls. These allegations bear a disturbing connection to R. Kelly’s previous trouble with the law, portraying Kelly as a an OJ-like figure–a haughty  recidivist who finagled through the loopholes of the American legal system.
I feel obliged to state that I have no respect for R. Kelly as a man. I do however, respect his talent. I perceive the ‘Pied Piper’ as an enslaved black who used America’s need to hyper sexualize the black man as a means to foment his career. While Kelly defiantly made family friendly songs like “Step in The Name of Love” and inspirational songs like “I Believe I Can Fly” and “The World’s Greatest” most of Kelly’s hits are sexualized slow jams to which I’m sure proved background music to the conception of many post millennials. His sexualized image fueled a career spanning over two decades with a plethora of adoring black female fans.

These fans remained loyal to Kelly even after a video surfaced of the singer issuing a golden shower to a then-fifteen year old girl. The charges were eventually dropped and buried in the past of a musician who was still able to maintain his mogul stature despite dramatic changes in the music industry.
While my argument is not to pardon R. Kelly from blame, it is that he is not the primary cause of the hyper-sexualized black female body that faces violation without consequence. R. Kelly was relieved of any legal responsibility in previous allegations of sexually violating a black female teen simply because the black female body bears no significance to the Western world outside of monetary gain. Consider how quickly the western world kills and incarcerates the black body.  The reason why Kelly was not susceptible to these consequences is not because of his riches, but because his “crimes” served an integral purpose in maintaining white supremacy. Moreover, the world was and is more interested in portraying Kelly and his victim as sexual beasts than to upholding the integrity of those they do not see as a human let alone bearing the presumed innocence of femininity or childhood.
To the western gaze, the hyper sexuality of the young black female body violently seduces Kelly. To this same gaze, Kelly is a sexualized being unable to resist the callings of his bestial urges. Together, these caricatured images of black sexuality function assemble the historical narrative of blacks as primitive and underdeveloped beings worthy of the death and incarceration that befalls them.

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Kelly, a melanated individual who believes his conventional success consummates his transition to whiteness, feels as entitled to young bodies as the white man did and does to young black females. Kelly, is a symbol of what happens when a morally impoverished black youth offsets a journey to acquire physical wealth and not a collective consciousness. As members of an oppressed collective, it is essential that we proceed with consciousness. To proceed without it, is to inevitably mirror our oppressors in thought and action.

There is also a large possibility that this ordeal is entirely fictional, and yet another means to lynch a black man by the rope of hyper sexuality. But the verity of these accusations does little to supersede its societal function. The scenario depicts how the black man and women are commonly pitted against one another and how the black male is villanized for implementing what he was nurtured to idolize—white male ideology.

The teachings of white supremacy are second nature to anyone not possessing a conscious gaze. I read The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, a few years back and was mortified at what Pecola’s father does to her on the kitchen floor. I resented Morrison for years, holding her in contempt for depicting the black man as indifferently robbing his child of her innocence.

It took me several strides into consciousness to realize that the father was a man systemized and nurtured to become an animal, a subjugate human who performs the dirty work of his master in his oppressed state. This is not an excuse, as his actions are detestable and hard to read, yet even more difficult to process as a factual fate rendered to so many blacks throughout the diaspora silent in the shame of their systemic violation.

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Kelly symbolically stands in the same image of this fictional black man who encompasses the factual narrative of so many other black males castrated by earthly demons who program the black body to inflict white evil onto their own people.

Kelly’s actions function to lure black women from blackness into the arms of feminism–yet example of society’s dedication to turning racist issues into sexist issues to further the cyclical disenfranchisement of blacks by hurling our struggle into oblivion. A second offense by a black praised for his prodigious talent, serves another blow to our collective identity alongside similar allegations afforded to other black greats like the late Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby, Kobe Bryant, amongst others. These allegations function to fuel white esteem and denigrate black collective worth in staining the black psyche with portraits of themselves that seemingly lack a moral compass.

So, to those quick to compartmentalize a black man as a sexual villain— I would like to redirect your attention to the words of the late and great Malcolm X:

“If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

To what contempt will you hold a system that upholds the systemic soiling of black female bodies?

To reiterate I am in no way excusing Kelly, but evoking a sense of nationalism to assert that we as a collective have been wronged by a system that lures us to incessantly blame ourselves but seldom confront the  true villain and sole benefactor of global racism.

In closing, the power of blackness lies largely in realizing if and when we are being played. So while we may not be playing chess, our systemized state as blacks bears a close resemblance to a king being used to seize the most powerful piece of the game–his queen.

Article by CC Saunders

Boxing Match:Mayweather vs McGregor(Black Power vs White Power)

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I’m not sure how many of you follow boxing.  But there’s a big boxing match coming up.  The date is set for August 26,2017 in Las Vgeas. I think it could break pay-per view records. The boxing champ is Floyd Mayweather.  Mayweather has held the welterweight,light welterweight and light middleweight title. His challenger is MMA fighter Conor McGregor.  A boxer fighting a mixed martial artist is a bit unconventional.   McGregor has never even had an amateur boxing match.  Mayweather shouldn’t even be fighting this clown.  So I understand why some die hard boxing fans are against this.  They feel it’s disrespectful to the sport of boxing.  But this is clearly for the money.  Both fighters are looking to cash in. But boxing is about big fighters with big names.  And the truth is Mayweather has beaten all top contenders. Mayweather is a big loud mouth.  He’s great at trash talking and it really pisses off a lot of boxing fans.  This is a pattern that has gone on for many years.  Back in the sixties and seventies you had Muhammad Ali.  Ali didn’t want to go to Vietnam for religious reasons.  But many whites saw that has disrespectful and looked at Ali has a traitor to his country.  Many whites wanted to see Ali lose his heavyweight title.  Mayweather is much different than Ali.  Mayweather doesn’t really speak up for black people and is apolitical for the most part.  He is very flashy with his money and it turns off a lot of people. And he is currently have trouble with the IRS.  I know many black people that don’t like him.  But most I know will be rooting for him against McGregor.  Conor McGregor talks a lot of trash too.  But of course it’s a double standard when it’s a white man. Some say Conor is a racist.  Not a big surprise there right?

The bottom line is white people are always looking for their “great white hope”.  And they are really excited about tis fight.  As a matter of fact,most non-blacks always root against the black man.  Most Mexicans,Asians  and whites are going for McGregor.  I know Mexican coworkers that hate Mayweather with a passion. Most of them can’t stand to see a black man at the top of any sport.  They know they can’t compete with black men in basketball or football. That’s why so many Mexicans like soccer. They like sports where they can see themselves.  Nothing wrong with that.  But boxing is about one on one power.  And when a black man dominates in an individual sport they don’t like it.  And make no mistake this fight represents Black power vs White power.  That’s why boxing matches that are interracial create the most buzz.  Mayweather is American right?  McGregor is from Dublin,Ireland.  So where are the white Americans rooting for fellow American Mayweather?? I don’t see very many.  That’s because race trumps nationality.  It’s the same reason most whites root against Serena Williams even when she faces foreign tennis players.  Her black skin makes her an “other”.  Whites see her has different.  It’s the same with Mayweather.  Most whites want to see his 48-0 record broken.  Who better to blemish his record than a white man.  They are hoping for the “luck of the Irish”.

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Am I a huge Mayweather fan?  Not really.  He’s not pro-black or a Pan African.  As a matter of fact,he was asked a few years ago about helping out African.  He replied “What has Africa done for me?”  So he’s obviously not a very conscious black man.  He’s a loud mouth to likes to show off his expensive cars and planes.  But he has the right to spend his money any way he likes.  I’m not mad at him for his success.  I just wish he was a more positive role model.  I think he could do a better job at inspiring black youth who dream of big success.  Having said that, I still would like him to beat Conor in their bout.  I’m lookin at the bigger picture.  I think it’s important from a historical boxing perspective.  Many whites don’t want him to break the boxing record held by heavyweight champ Rocky Marciano.  Marciano was the heavyweight champion from 1952-1956.  He is a big hero in many Italian neighborhoods. His record was 49-0.  He never loss one fight.   But he only defended his title six times.  That’s not very much in my opinion. Other champs have defended it many more times. Not only that but  he beat a lot of weak fighters and their is speculation that many boxers threw those fights.  Boxing was(and still is) controlled by the mafia from what I understand.  And I think these Jewish promoters and Italian mobsters don’t want Marciano’s record broken.  And definitely not broken by a black fighter.  Mayweather has already tied Marciano at 49-0.  That’s why if he beats Conor his record will be 50-0.  But there’s a catch! If Mayweather beats him this win will have an asterick(*) next to it.  Conor is not a “real” professional boxer.  So whites people will be able to say Mayweather’s last fight was not against a real boxer so it doesn’t really count.  In their minds he’ll still be tied with Marciano.  And the record by their “great white hope” will still stand.  They sure are slick aren’t they?  White people never miss a chance to put one past you.  But regardless I still hope Floyd beats his ass!  Just on principle alone.

Black Male castration has never ended!

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This picture(above) is sick and very disturbing!  It shows the true nature of these depraved white demons that enslaved black people. It is a picture of a castrated black man.  We all know about the slavery,lynchings and rape of black women(and men) that went on during the Maafa. It truly was a holocaust in every sense of the word.  One of the atrocities that Europeans like to ignore is the castration of black men during this time.  They don’t like to bring this up too much.  It’s one of their horrors they like to keep buried.  But it’s the truth.  They were turning  black men into eunuchs. They treated us less than human!  Dogs,pigs and chickens were given more respect than us!  And the castration has never stopped.

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Now they are doing it through the media.  They’re doing it to us mentally through films and television shows. Look at all these pics(above) of black actors.  Actors like Eddie Murphy,Martin Lawrence,Jamie Foxx,Kevin Hart,Wesley Snipes and Tyler Perry have all dressed up like women.  These black actors and comedians have sold out for a dollar. They are destroying the image of black men.   This is just another process in the demasculinization of black men.  They are making black women seem more masculine yet at the same time making themselves look more feminine. America doesn’t want the black man to fight for his freedom and liberation.  They want a nation full of black homosexuals,transgenders and soft weak little boys.  They know that if we adopt this mentality we can never fight for our freedom.  Which is why this psychological warfare is so dangerous.  We must change our consciousness if we are to survive this mental onslaught.America doesn’t want strong intelligent masculine African men to be in our community.  So it’s a political and social necessity that they castrate the black man psychologically.

Blood debts must be repaid- Bobby Wright

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We must take the unequivocal position that if the Black race is to perish,the world must perish with us. Blood debts must be repaid in blood. We must never accept money and privileges as repayment for the mistreatment of our people. The past Black generations who suffer for no other reason than the color of their skin must be avenged not because of hate but for justice.

Bobby Wright

Lead a Nation

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This is a picture of Khalid Muhammad and rapper Tupac Shakur. Any black person that has a way of reaching the youth is seen as a threat to the white supremacy social structure. Muhammad was a powerful speaker that could touch the youth. And of course Tupac was the son of a Black Panther.  Tupac had the ear of millions of fans of all races.  But by being a great speaker he could get black people motivated as a collective.  If Tupac was allowed to live he could’ve been a great leader. He already had the pro-black influence as a child.  They were both seen as threats to this racist,corrupt white society.  Which is the reason they’re not here anymore.

Halos and Horns- Paul Ifayomi Grant

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I have been thinking about how to conceptualise an idea that I think most of you will be aware of, either consciously or subconsciously, but which I sense that a large proportion of the younger generations have not grasped. Now, I should make it clear that I think this lack of awareness is not the fault of the under 30s but is attributable to my generation’s failure to adequately teach them about how racism works, as well as the very skilled way in which Europeans continuously adapt and refine the way they express and operationalise the ideology of white supremacy.

I have previously written about why the idea of ‘Black Firsts’ seems to be so important to Afrikan people and long ago came to conclusion that it is because of the heartfelt, deepseated, aching desire of so many Afrikans to be/feel accepted by Europeans as their ‘equals’. The underlying thinking is that each ‘Black First’ proves to Europeans that we are capable of performing some task; or performing in some arena of life, as competently as Europeans and hence they should abandon their ideology of racial superiority. Of course this theory has been tested to destruction and proven to be utterly without merit, as the ultimate Black First, the election (twice) of Barack Obama proved.

The reason that Black Firsts don’t change they way Afrikans are viewed, no matter how talented the ‘Firstee’ is; or how conspicous their achievement, is because it is an idea that runs completely counter to the fundamental nature of racism.  Racism is an irrational philosophy/ideology/religion, hence its operation is not impacted by evidence or rational arguments. Paradoxically, as well as being irrational racism is also  rational in the sense that it is instrumental, which is to say that it helps Europeans to achieve their primary group goal; which is to exercise power and domination over groups they classify as nonwhite.  Put these two things together and you can understand why Black Firsts never stood a chance as a tactic or strategy to defeat racism.

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The above image, from an infamous Benetton advert, almost perfectly depicts the idea I am seeking to convey.
The easiest way to conceptualise halos and horns is to understand that viewed through the lens of the religion/philosophy/ideology called white supremacy; every Afrikan child is metaphorically born with a pair of horns and every European child is born with a halo above their head. In other words all Afrikans are born guilty until proven innocent and all Europeans are born innocent until proven guilty. The practical ramifications of this are that an Afrikan can make one slip in an otherwise blameless life and be condemned to unforgiveable, irredeemable guilt, whereas as European can live a life of exploitative abuse, and except in the most extreme cases, always have the possibility of redemption.

What this means is that the positive things you do can only help yourself whilst the negative things you do will damage other Afrikans. That is to say that your positive deeds and achievements are never generalised to the wider group by Europeans – except in areas of stereotypical Afrikan achievement such as sport and music – however your negative deeds or failures can be; and are, attributed to being part of a group that is designated as inferior.

I will illustrate the above with a real life story. I have changed some of the details to protect people’s identities.
Once upon a time there was an intelligent young Afrikan woman named Adeola who wanted to be a solicitor. She grew up in humble financial circumstances and went to a very poor school, however she overcame these barriers as well as the ubiquitous racism and graduated well from University. She then had the task of securing a contract with a firm of solicitors to undertake her articles and after a relatively short period she was successful in this task. As was her wont she worked hard and qualified as a solicitor. She had been made aware by her boss that she was the first Afrikan trainee solicitor that the firm had ever recruited and thus felt a bit of added pressure in the sense that she did not want to ‘let the side down’. Anyway her boss was very pleased with her performance and two years after she was recruited, and just as she was qualifying, the firm recruited Femi, another hard working young Afrikan. Adeola gave Femi the ‘don’t let the side down’ pep talk and sure enough Femi prospered and qualified without any hiccups. Adeola’s line manager was pleased with both her and Femi and the following year recruited Tunde, who was not quite so focused and methodical as his predecessors. Tunde was not terrible but he was definitely not good and one day, after he had made a bit of a cock up, Adeola’s line manager turned to her in exasperation and said “If I had recruited Tunde first I would never have recruited another black trainee solicitor”. She thought it was a compliment to Adeola, however Adeola had an epiphany; and started to understand the subtleties of how racism works. She saw that whilst the halo is not transferable the horns definitely are!

The above story took place some years ago and of course in 2017 no white manager would be as honest as the manager in the above scenario. However just because someone does not say something does not mean they are not thinking it or acting upon it.

The moral of this story; and this article, is that our achievements should be motivated by the desire to help ourselves, our families and our community. Trying to get Europeans, as  a collective, to respect our humanity, intelligence etc. is a waste of time and psychological energy. The first respect is self-respect as an Afrikan and the ironic thing is that even those people who don’t like you will respect you if you have commitment and integrity. Remember, people can like you without respecting you whilst they can respect you without liking you and the latter is always preferable to the former, although in an ideal world most of us would choose to be both liked and respected. These are the things we need to teach our young people to prepare them for an anti-Afrikan world.

Article by Paul Ifayomi Grant