By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
50 years later: Separating Reality from an Utopian Dream
NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN)-Since Miley Cyrus appeared on Saturday Night Live last night and the government of the United States has been “shut down” for at least a week, we, at Blackathlete.net, felt this article was necessary to be published and debated.
The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, along with the historic “I Have a Dream” speech delivered by Dr.Martin Luther King Jr., was seemingly hi-jacked by the raunchy MTV Video Music Awards’ performance given by scantily dressed, Dad’s little girl, Miley Cyrus, who shamefully “twerked” her way on stage for the all the world to see. (Read:On Miley Cyrus, Ratchet Culture and Accessorizing With Black People on BASN)
Hilariously, white America lost its “cotton-picking” mind when they saw their little fallen angel being turned into a little dirty demon right before their eyes, as if she was possessed by some god-awful evil spirit, twerking half-naked on stage.
But, the pimping of Miley Cyrus is nothing new.
Hollywood did the same thing to Madonna, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, Nikki Manji and even Mariah Carrey, just like the NCAA continues to do to college athletes (Read my article Politics of Corruption: Taking a closer look a college sports)
ESPN The Magazine knows this, especially with the annual publishing of their Body issue as well as Sports Illustrated with its annual Swimsuit issue.
But, make no mistake about it, I am no Puritan.
For, I love the sacredness and the beauty of the human body like anyone else, whether with clothes on or with clothes off cloth, or in slow motion or standing still.
A DIVINE SIGN
Therefore, Cyrus’s on-stage performance, could have been a divine sign for all our people to see? (Read my article Babylon is fallen!!! Apocalyptic athletic viewpoint on BASN)
Why? Because, I am certainly sure, Dr.King, who wanted complete integration into American society, didn’t want our children to integrate in such hellish behavior and conduct?
And, we shouldn’t worry too much about Miley Cyrus’s mental-state?
She is simply the latest “girl-gone wild” that Hollywood is going to pimp and exploit.
In other words, I don’t think we should call Iyanla Vanzant and Oprah to come Fix Her Life yet.
And why, we continue to try to save “our former slave-masters children” like we are still the hired help, honestly, is more disturbing that Hanna Montana’s performance.
Brooklyn, please stand up!!
And while this event was held in Brooklyn, at the Barclay Center, it was refreshing to find out that Jay-z wasn’t there to represent that foolishness. But it was sad, however, to see Lil Kim’s self-hatred displayed and her botched plastic surgery, which has her face looking like a Thunder-cat.
This is just another example of how the quest for Hollywood stardom and white acceptance has the ability to steal our people’s souls, just like Michael Jackson, whose 55th birthday would have occurred on August 29th, if he didn’t tragically die.
Maybe, North Carolina rapper J.Cole should have grabbed Lil Kim and looked her “dead in her eyes” and performed his hit song “Crooked Smile, which he rhymes:
Love yourself, girl, or nobody will
Though you’re a woman, I don’t know how you deal
With all the pressure to look impressive and go out in heels; I feel for you Killing yourself to find a man that’ll kill for you
But it’s clear that you can’t face what’s wrong; no need to fix
What God already put his paint brush on; your roommate yelling “Why you gotta take so long?”
To all the women with the flaws, know it’s hard my darling
You wonder why you’re lonely and your man’s not calling You keep falling victim cause you’re insecure
And when I tell you that you’re beautiful you can’t be sure
Cause he don’t seem to want you back and it’s got you asking
So all you see is what you lacking, not what you packing
Take it from a man that loves what you got
Now is it real? Eyebrows, fingernails, hair Is it real? if it’s not, girl you don’t care
Cause what’s real is something that the eyes can’t see
That the hands can’t touch, that them broads can’t be, and that’s you
Never let ‘em see you frown
Yes, this would have been a touching moment in a bad night of performances, which the new “self-proclaimed” KING OF NEW YORK, Kendrick Lamar, embarrassingly performed on stage as Miley Cyrus gyrated and simulated herself sexually with a larger foamed finger on stage with Robin Thycke, who with the help of hip-hop producer Pharrell ripped off Marvin Gaye melody to produce the hottest single of the summer. (Read my article:Who’s the Real King of New York? on BASN)
But this event, whether you deemed it appropriate or inappropriate, was simply a weapon of mass distraction from bigger issue facing Black America.
However, the serious question must be asked, was all of this ugliness a part of MLK’s dream?
Seriously, why would he want us to integrate into a burning house like the one we saw disgusting displayed on Sunday at the VMAs?
But after seeing that debauchery, why wouldn’t we want to separate and run as far away as possible from such filth in order to prevent the flames of destruction from catching us, especially when you start reciting MLK’s “I Have a Dream speech…”
one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!
Because, while the corporate media focuses all of its attention on that one I Have a Dream speech,” they fell to inform the general public about Dr. King’s speech delivered in Atlanta, Georgia in 1967, where he said later that his dream had become a nightmare.
“In 1963…in Washington, D.C.,…I tried to talk to the nation about a dream that I had had, and I must confess…that not long after talking about that dream I started seeing it turn into a nightmare…just a few weeks after I had talked about it. It was when four beautiful…Negro girls were murdered in a church in Birmingham, Alabama. I watched that dream turn into a nightmare as I moved through the ghettos of the nation and saw black brothers and sisters perishing on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity, and saw the nation doing nothing to grapple with the Negroes’ problem of poverty. I saw that dream turn into a nightmare as I watched my black brothers and sisters in the midst of anger and understandable outrage, in the midst of their hurt, in the midst of their disappointment, turn to misguided riots to try to solve that problem. I saw the dream turn into a nightmare as I watched the war in Vietnam escalating….Yes; I am personally the victim of deferred dreams, of blasted hopes.”
After reading a portion of that speech, on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice, we can’t only be critics of pop culture and Miley Cyrus’s poor rendition of twerking but, we also must be critics of American Imperialism, just like MLK did.
Especially, when you consider King’s often overlooked “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” address, that was delivered on April 4, 1967, just one year to the day before his state-sponsored assassination, which he called America “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.”
Yes, it is Time to Break the Silence.
Because, if we don’t, America will increasingly become a police state, a surveillance society and a prison planet, while the poor find themselves living in dilapidated houses like the ones seen in Detroit and around the country.
Therefore, we can’t continue to dance and party our lives away, while falling asleep at the wheel to the strange sounds of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Hanana Montana, Taylor Swift or Thrift Store shopper turned rapper Macklemore. (Read my article Big Brother is watching on BASN)
Because all that dancing and buffoonery want end the suffering, the unemployment, or the under employment drastically affecting our people. Or teach them about their glorious past and history.
And while a majority of Black people continue to applaud President Obama for being the first African-American president, we can’t be disconnected from the divine truth that governs our existence.
Or, become distracted by the constant chatter coming from political pundits on television, without having an honest dialogue about the political policies being implemented by his administration, which are based in white Domination and Black Suffering and for the defense of Israel’s wicked Zionist apartheid regime. (Where is Helen Thomas, the first woman to cover the President in the White House, when you need her? (R.I.P))
Why? Because, truthfully, Obama’s presidency is the continuation of President Bush’s, that promoted America’s military-industrial complex, which President Dwight Eisenhower warned us about some fifty years ago.
For this very reason, Barack Hussein Obama should probably have his Nobel Peace Prize taken away like the NCAA took away Reggie Bush’s Heisman Trophy.
The Unseen Hands
But for some odd reason, we have been seduced by his ability to give a good speech, play a little basketball and recite a couple of lines from a Jay-Z song.
So, in effect, we have actually accepted his illusion of power and rejected the truth that he is simply just another politician, whom despite what the “dreamers” want to believe, is controlled by the same unseen hands, who have money to buy lobbyist and influence legislation from a far.
Sure, we love to see Barack and Michelle holding hands and displaying Black love in the public, but their ability to change the Red, White and Blue, as the writer of the TheFieldNegro suggested: is never going to change “until the people in this country remove their blinders and stop playing cards with a rigged deck.”
With that said, some Black people, in the last five years, it seems, have given up and thrown away the tradition of our ancestors of Black struggle, Black Resistance, and Black Liberation in order to celebrate the America Dream, all because of Obama was elected and re-elected.
Sadly, despite Obama presidency, the United States of America’s government is still wicked.
Yes, Obama’s election maybe a sign to what is to come, a symbol of Black ruler ship as the world becomes browner by 2025.
But his presidency, however, was not a sign for us to go to sleep and start dreaming again like Dr.King did before he woke up, and was assassinated by the same government, who celebrates him today.
And truthfully, with Obama and Michelle in the White House, it feels as if many of us have cashed in ours checks, which Dr.King said contained insufficient funds…in order to purchased superfiscal stuff like fancy cars, expansive homes, and flat screen Tvs, while becoming shamefully delighted to be invited to the White House and sit at the table with these war-mongers, especially the dwindling Black Middle Class, whom I guess, desired to be a bunch of Butlers, like Lee Daniels suggested in his movie, in order to serve white folks until the world comes to an end.
But, I guess, that will all change now, after this government shutdown, as the country debates this healthcare bill.
Let’s not forget, Slick Willie, Bill Clinton, according to the book “Game Change” was overheard telling Ted Kennedy that Presdient Obama just”a few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee” during the Presidential primaries, which everybody’s favorite female politican Hiliary Clinton forced President Obama to denounce Minister Farrakhan on national television.
So, maybe, the former Food Network’s Paula Deen will still get her wedding wish after all.
And even though Princeton Professor Cornell West, who, ironically, is always dressed in a black and white suit, is not a butler, but a server of the people, brilliant said, he hates “President Obama’s compliancy for cowardliness”, which implies that the President has become satisfied with not speaking out against injustice.
Which could be a metaphor for all of us, according to Dr.West?
Because, now, “We are all about our careers and not our calling. We are all about our ambitions, and not our vocations…,” especially, the Black middle class politicians, who have fallen prey to the concept of Black faces in high places, only to see self-destructive behavior destroy many of them. As a result, their base has been bankrupted with bad-decisions made by Jesse Jackson Jr. and Kwame Kilpatrick.
Despite their shortcomings, however, politics is still a dirty game. Plus, anyone who chooses to get involved in it will have to dodge the mudslinging. But, regardless, how swift or smooth they think they are, they still will get some mud on their shirt and some SHIT on their shoes in the process.
Prophetic Political Agenda
With that said, let’s stay true to our ancestors, by never forgetting our history and struggle in this country and throughout the world.
Therefore, I can’t do it. You can’t do it. And President Obama can’t do it either.
Because, all great empires must come to an end. (Read my previous article Babylon is falling!!! on BASN)
Besides, the prophesy must be revealed.
So, in this case, President Thomas Jefferson was correct, “every generation needs a new revolution”
Now, let the revolution begin.
Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently the Editor and Chief of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles appear daily along with his controversial cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at email@example.com