Yesha Callahan

Common Has Turned “New Black,” Says Racism Can End If Blacks Extend “A Hand In Love” To White People

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Fresh off of winning an Oscar for Selma, Common must have been initiated into the “New Blacks Society” and didn’t even tell us. During a recent appearance on The Daily Show, Common spoke about racism and how helpful black people could be to white people if we just extended a hand in love.

Why must these black celebrities forget exactly where they come from. I’d like to see Common tell people in the Chicago neighborhood he grew up in how black people should eradicate racism.

I’m sure they’d look at him like he was crazy.

How is extending a hand to white people going to help end racism, when a lot of racist white people won’t even shake a black person’s hand? Believe me, I’ve had my hand shake denied several times by the racist people I’ve encountered. Even if he was being figurative, I honestly believe there’s nothing black people can do to eradicate racism. It’s not our job. Because we didn’t start it.

This “New Black” phenomenon is getting tiring. I’m going to apologize to Rosa and Malcolm for Raven Symone’s and Common’s antics today.

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  1. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    What is wrong with what he said? I think the author above is twisting his words a little bit. He is suggesting that black people are tired of the fist and they want to extend a hand as I am sure most human beings want. Martin Luther King said the same thing (probably more eloquently). At the end of the day, that is what all humans want: to extend a hand and live peacefully. Of course, we still have to fight for our rights and of course white racism is rampant but he is saying the black youth ultimately want to extend a hand (meaning they want peace). We all want peace. Justice yes but ultimately peace. Come on now. Off on a tangent but Common is looking so foine. OMG! He is one hot man.

    • March 17, 2015 - Reply

      @K.C.

      “What is wrong with what he said?”

      When was the last time you heard a White celebrity say racism will end when Whites extend a hand in love to Black people?

      • March 17, 2015 - Reply

        @vintage3000

        That is not what I heard. I think he is saying as all of humanity says: all any of us humans want is the ability to extend a hand. It is figurative and metaphoric for me. I don’t think he means we want to help whites etc but I think he means we want harmony like everyone else. However, I fundamentally believe that harmony will only happen when we black people have true economic independence. We can’t have harmony if the people at the table are unequal in status. When was hte last time I heard a white celebrity say racism will end when a white celebrity extends a hand? Many times. There have been white celebrities saying that since some of them marched with us on Washington (Marlon Brando, ETC). There are many. However, again, harmony will happen not when celebrities say we need it but when we as sa community stop focusing on fighting back with words or fists but rather with our wallet. Stop buy form Asian businesses and stop relying on white businesses and build our own. To me any conversation besides that is a distraction and a waste of our time. Fighting with the fist will keep us exactly where we are now. Asians are not fighting with the fist, instead they are selling us our own products in our own neighborhoods and sending their kids to Harvard. We need to focus on better strategies. Attacking Common is a distraction, once again.

        • March 17, 2015 - Reply

          @K.C.

          You had to go back to the civil rights movement to come up with famous White people who supported Black America’s struggle for equality.

          In the past few years we’ve seen many A list white celebs champion marriage equality, the ice bucket challenge, global warming, etc. How many have you seen reference the high profile racially charged murders of Black people in the past few years? Only one I can think of is Ted Nugent, who referred to Trayvon as a thug who got what he deserved. At what point are White people told to take responsibility for their role in the venomous racial environment we have today? Somehow, someone ALWAYS finds a way to point the finger back at Black people.

          And where do you see Black people “fighting with the fist” against Whites? Asians can afford to be quiet, they are not being shot down in the streets like rabid dogs.

          And re: POC going to Harvard–there are online articles from Black students at Ivy League schools who have been accused of trespassing by campus security, and have had racial slurs directed at them by White students. My own nephew was stopped by a campus cop and accused of stealing the new Jeep his mother bought him. So there goes your attempt at respectability politics.

          The civil rights movement began with Black people “fighting back with words” because we had to strategize somehow. Those white frat demons who happily sang about lynching niggers–I suppose you think the Black students who attend that same university should have kept quiet about that instead of using their right to “fight with words”. No one is attacking Common, we have heard this shit for about a hundred years now, and my original question to you asked if you have heard any White celebs state that whites are even partially responsible for the racial tensions in this country. You replied “many times”, and gave examples from mid-last century. I’ll come up with one at least–say Bruce Springsteen and I believe he is sincere in his wish for equality for all Americans. But he still never said Whites need to “extend a hand with love” bs.

          Sure Black people want harmony like everyone else, tell that to White people who have difficulty co-habitating on this planet with people who don’t look like them.

          • March 17, 2015 - Reply

            @vintage3000

            vintage, you brought it on HOME!!!

            • March 18, 2015 - Reply

              @noirluv45

              thanks, Noirluv. Did you see on the news where they dug up a 2007 interview where Michelle Obama’s mother was skeptical about her dating a biracial man, and she said something like ;’well at least he’s not ALL white’-LMAO. So of course they are trying to paint the her as being a closet racist, when Black people have been collectively extending the freaking olive branch for a few centuries now. (let’s not forget how they glossed over Laura Bush’s vehicular homicide charge).

              I just wish the next time a Common or Raven makes one of these stupid comments in front of a predominantly White audience, a Black person like the educated people in this thread would be present to counter that foolishness.

          • March 20, 2015 - Reply

            @vintage3000

            Whoa whoa whoa! Hold on there sis. What are you trying to accomplish by this long drawn out response that seems to be attacking me? Are you suggesting in this post that I do not know what racism looks like? Who amongst us does not? My parents suffered every day at the hands of racism. I have multiple degrees under my belt, great qualifications, great personality and I still have to fit for every single thing as a black woman. I have seen pain in my family from the results of racism both externally from whites and internally from our own too. I have seen it all. The black cousin who stayed with a man 15 years only for him to tell her she was too dark to marry and he married a white woman he had known for less than a year. I know what it is like for whites to come up to me and ask me questions like I am a zoo animal. I don’t need to list my credentials for being a legit black woman here. So please curb the attack (at least that is how I am reading it). Here is what I believe (and I learned this from Deepak Chopra, Ghandi and MLK, Maya Angelou and so many other black “healers”: if I give in to anger and become hateful, whites win. If I allow my soul to be consumed by hatred and anger: they win. I am a clean soul. I am pure and good. I am made of love. That is how my creator created me and that is what I fight to be. If I hate, I become something my creator did not intend for me. I won’t give that to ANYONE. Now are you asking if there are any white celebrities or whites who have stood up for black people? Are you seriously asking that question? There have been many. As there have been quite a few blacks who refuse to step up to the plate and defend us when the time asks for it. So race does not determine courage but character does. I know better to think that a black person will automatically have my back and defend me publicly or that every single white person is out to destroy me. That is a false premise. MOST whites I have met have been unaccepting but not all. Come on. The world is not constructed that way. There are plenty of whites – the ones who go into war zones in Africa, New Orleans, who teach our kids, who work for prison reform, who fight for AIDS patients, who treat people and care for people. There are plenty. If you do not acknowledge them then the bad ones win. We must honor the people of ALL colors who are soldiers for justice. ALL of them. Those attorneys (liek one I know well) who works for nothing to get our boys out of the system. He went to a top Ivy League school and could be making millions but instead chose to help black men get out of prison. Are there many? NO but they exist. There are plenty of celebrities who give their time, money, and voice to causes dear and near to us. Too many to name. Seriously. Bod Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Matt Damon and so many other celebrities have acknowledged white racism and its role in destroying communities of color. Is that even a real question you are asking? YOU do the research and come up with it. You just want to argue for the sake of arguing right? We can be angry at racism in this country and honor the work that needs to be done without claiming that NO ONE is helping us to fight the fight. Come on now. Seriously. If we are going to do that, don’t accept the funds that these celebrities are constantly raising for causes that have nothing to do with their race. That is worth something. Common is right. We want peace. Do we want chaos? NO. We want peace. We are peaceful people and have been since the beginning of time, we are demanding through laws, economic strongholding and organized protest that whites create the peaceful environment we demand. We can go all violent and eye for an eye and all that and see how far that goes. Violence has crippled our communities. It does not work, I don’t care how much you insist it does. Also, DON’T EVER question my blackness. Keep that rant for someone else. It ain’t gonna work here and I am too busy to give you a list of how I step up to the plate. I ain’t a keyboard solider. Every day of my life is dedicated to helping my people. I just don’t need to condone violence to do it. I am about real change not romanticism.

          • March 23, 2015 - Reply

            @vintage3000

            I remember you now. I think you’ve been antagonistic before on a separate issue so I will not continue to debate with you. You are claiming that since the 1960s, there have been NO white celebrities who have put themselves on the line to support black issues. I am going to leave you with that false premise because it is too ridiculous and too false of a statement to engage you on. We can find a way to acknowledge the rampant racism in our country without ignoring the few brave white people who are on our corner too. Common has proven over and over again that he is on our side. He has even gotten backlash when Barack invited him to the White House because of some of his previous work which called out social injustice in this country. Common is not our enemy. He is a positive brother who dates us, respects us and sticks up for us. Buy the way,Bob Dylan’s work for our cause did not just stop in the 60s (see his Hurricane song), Springsteen is now, so is Bono of U2, so is Matt Damon, so is Ben Affleck and George Clooney etc. We have allies in some white people too. I would rather exploit their support rather than falsely claim no white celebrities since 1965 have EVER put themselves on the line to denounce racism. Get out of here with that. Admitting that does not take away from your blackness by the way. In fact it shows how secure one is in your race that you can also have the courage to say this person does not look like me but they are on my side too. Do your research. You are also arguing for the sake of arguing. You are basically just listing a ton of racially problematic cases that any idiot with a computer is aware of. Why are you repeating them for me? Like I don’t know there is racism on college campuses? Right, you are the ONLY black person who is aware of racial injustice. If you didn’t believe that, you wouldn’t continue to repeat this over and over again. You just want to argue so carry on.

  2. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    The problem is, this has not worked in the past. MLK was murdered for his non-violent benevolence along with countless others, including Native Americans.

    • March 17, 2015 - Reply

      @OSHH

      True. We have to fight hard and diligently but I still think violence begets violence. If we stay negative, they always win. We must check ourselves so we never become as hateful and disgusting as the people who hate us. I know it is all rhetoric but I think it works. Hard but it works. Let’s fight them where it hurts: through the wallet and the ballot box. Someone hates us, let’s not support them financially. That is the fight I want to see happen for us black people. On a side note, I had a woman give me the finger the other day while I was driving. Instead of giving her the finger back, I waved at her. It freaked her out. People start a fight because they want to see you fight back. It shocks them when you don’t. Just a thought 🙂

      • March 17, 2015 - Reply

        @K.C.

        True you do not have to hate anyone and that is the wrong approach. I think most black folks have a live and let live mentality already though, we are not the ones preaching hate and intolerance. You cannot love anyone into loving you is the bottom line and agree hit em where it hurt$.

        • March 17, 2015 - Reply

          @OSHH

          Yup! $ is the language they all understand. We have a lot of $ power, let’s use it wisely!! You don’t like me? You don’t get my $$$!

        • March 17, 2015 - Reply

          @OSHH

          OSHH and K.C. and ALL of US

          Don’t expend any of your creator given energy concerning yourselves with being Loved or LUVed.

          Based on the Behavior not lip-service of most of BLOOD-relation, I am not Loved.

          BUUUTTTTT let me tell you who does LUV some ME and show me time and time and time again — My creditors, My lenders — And to me and for ME, that is my GREATEST Luv of All!

          • March 18, 2015 - Reply

            @RaiseTheBar

            I am not sure I am following you but for me love is everything. Self-love first and finding someone on this earth to love back. I think that is the reason we are on this planet, to share love. I know I sound like a Hippie, lol but I think it is true. I agree with you, DO NOT spend a second on people who don’t love you. DO NOT. Waste of time. You don’t love me? Keep it movin’. By the way, if your blood-relation don’t love you, I am certain you will find someone who you did not expect to give you a love you never imagined and in turn you will give that love back. Family does not always equal love. trust me, I know.

            • March 18, 2015 - Reply

              @K.C.

              “…we are on this planet, to share love. I know I sound like a Hippie, …”

              You sound like an “INDIVIDUAL” that isn’t “world-weary”

              It is such an ADORABLE sentiment — HOLD ON to it as long as it serves your SPIRITUAL evolution – It will serve you well in your life’s journey.

              Based on life experience, respectful with Lenders and Creditors enabled ability to finance down-time to rest a weary soul, ’cause if love means maxed out credit cards for 50 pairs of shoes for 1 pair of feet, fur coats, trips to the Holy Land, Home Foreclosures, auto repos, turned off lights, turned off phone service, them ridin’, then guilt-trippin’ me in their dyin’ then NO they do not Love Me; BUT, that’s okay, ‘cauze I do not Love Them. The Universe is an Excellent equalizer 🙂

              • March 19, 2015 - Reply

                @RaiseTheBar

                Oh honey, so sorry to hear all that. Listen, remember this and remember it well because someone taught it to me: if you keep surround yourself with abusive people and people who don’t have your best interest at heart, the Universe will think that is what you want in your life and will continue to give it to you. Once you claim what is good for you and surround yourself with loving people: more love will come. Took me a LONG time to figure this out. Do not spend another PENNY on people. Save your money. Get a money manager (some are free for the first sessions). Find out how you can improve your status not someone else’s. Every time someone asks you for money and you say no to them and it makes you feel guilty: take that money and give it to an AIDS organization you trust or a charity you trust. Better in the hands of the truly needy than in the hands of people who don’t love you. I am sharing what someone shared with me. Carry on sister and persevere! You will find the family the Universe wants for you and it will be perfect. 🙂

                • March 19, 2015 - Reply

                  @K.C.

                  Oh honey, so sorry to hear all that.

                  K.C.,

                  THANKS for taking the time out of your day to reply to my “keystroke rant” — it was only meant to explain my previous “Lender/Creditor” comment.

                  PLEASZ BE LAUGHLIN’, because I do. Stuff like that is Hilarious! — One just has to be in a personal place to appreciate the humor of the behavior.

                  ME = Money Management / Financially Savvy — They know it = the floorplan to their emotional extortion. Fool me once, shame on you, Fool me twice, shame on me. Luv to help those in need, WILL NOT bear someone else’s cross in life in addition to my own.

                  A Funny: Former co-worker and her sister would play a game they created called, “Well, Youz da Fool that _______” where one would try to out do the other about the degree of extreme something the other did for their unappreciative, what can you do for me /what have you done for me lately, Mother. Was always in tears from laughin’ so hard. I now play my version of that game with myself. SO, please have a good laugh, ‘causz it really, really is funnee.

                  • March 19, 2015 - Reply

                    @RaiseTheBar

                    Having a good laugh! Take care 🙂

      • March 17, 2015 - Reply

        @K.C.

        Hey, but K.C., again it goes back to what WE have to do. How come White folks aren’t publicly coming about what what THEY need to do to halt White supremacy? They won’t because it benefits them. They don’t give a rat’s behind about us. All this peaceful stuff hasn’t worked. I say righteous indignation and self-defense works when need be. We pacify them way too much, and they (not all) continue to be evil.

        • March 18, 2015 - Reply

          @noirluv45

          Believe me I understand your frustration and if I sound like I am all perfect and righteous, please note that is not my reality. I fail every day but my goal is to be peaceful and good. I just don’t want to give energy to people who dislike me. I used to work for a woman who hated me. No reason why. I found out later, I was more qualified than her and she could not handle it. I used to go home and pray for her (someone told me to do that). I stopped doing that and said I will not think about her one more second. It worked! It never bothered me anymore and I found a great new job away from her negativity. If there are white people who want to be peaceful and loving, I welcome them. Those who do not, they don’t exist. I don’t waste a second thinking about them unless I am on a black blog like this discussing it. Lol.

          • March 18, 2015 - Reply

            @K.C.

            No, no. You do not sound all perfect and righteous at all, K.C. I like having these discussions with you. I hope I didn’t come off like I was attacking you.

            I understand your goals and desire. I feel the same way. I don’t give place to people who don’t like me either, but I do confront those who want to interfere with my life and those of my loved ones and friends. I think righteous indignation is necessary at times. Extending the olive branch hasn’t helped us. I’m not saying we should hate or judge a whole group by the dirty ones, but I’m also aware that this system is very strong. It’s been in place since they invaded America, and, K.C., they aren’t about to give up their place, so we have to fight for ours whatever way we can.

            I agree with you, K.C. When we give our thoughts over to negativity and hatred, it can take a toll on us. However, fighting injustice and evil take putting on our armor and not ignoring the fact that we are in battle. No war is ever won by people sitting back. Lord knows, America should know that.

            • March 18, 2015 - Reply

              @noirluv45

              Oh no, you don’t come off attacking at all. I think people on this site are pretty level-headed for the most part unlike Bossip (Lord!). I agree with your points. I am working on keeping that armor and still being peaceful. Trying to balance it. The good tool we have is that we have them figured out. They know nothing about us, we know everything about them. That is always an advantage in battle. We must not forget that. Lord knows, we are under attack when we step out of our house. Now with the internet, inside our homes too. I just wish black people like raven Symone did not cosign their hate. That child needs help. I reported someone on Facebook for putting up a picture of Michelle Obama and Barack Obama as apes. Facebook wrote me back and said this did not violate their terms. SMDH.

              • March 18, 2015 - Reply

                @K.C.

                OK good! I didn’t want to give that impression. 🙂 You are right about people on this site. It’s great to have good, mature, adult conversations. Don’t eeeeven get me started with Bossip! LOL!

                You are so right, K.C., about being under constant attack. Yes, we must keep our armor on. People like Raven and the “New Black” crowd are paid to sell out. They seek the approval of the master and are willing to sell their own out when they KNOW better.

                The fact that racist Whites spend so much time thinking about us makes me think, actually know, that we are NOT inferior to them. They hate us for who we are and what’s we’ve accomplish. Because of their “status” in this country, they can use the airwaves to showcase their demonic/hateful ways. Everything they have they stole from the Native American, but have them tell it, they are the creators of the universe. In fact, they paint Jesus as a White man, thus, God, in their eyes must be White. SMH. It’s so sick.

                I cannot believe FB said those mongrels did not violate their terms. Well, FB needs to get better terms. I don’t know why I should be surprised.

                • March 19, 2015 - Reply

                  @noirluv45

                  Agree on all points. FB: yup they need to do better with that.

              • March 18, 2015 - Reply

                @K.C.

                ‘Bossip’ is my trigger word, I have to go pray.

                • March 19, 2015 - Reply

                  @Jo 'Mama' Besser

                  That made me LOUGH OUT LOUD! Trigger word. Funny. Hot mess over there. Especially the men that come on there to bash black women. Hot mess.

      • March 17, 2015 - Reply

        @K.C.

        God bless you for waving at that lady. The bible says something along the lines of kindness turning away wrath….that works sometimes, but I have often witnessed that kindness is seen by people (regardless of race) who have evil spirits as a window to treat someone even worse. If you don’t fight back, some people double down on their mistreatment of you.

        • March 18, 2015 - Reply

          @ALM247

          I hear you. I am learning about balance. How do I disregard someone who is mistreating me and still fight. Balance. I am working on it! 🙂

      • March 23, 2015 - Reply

        @K.C.

        Lol, a white woman yelled “b*tch!” at me and drove off when she realized the parking spot she was runnin’ up on, I’d been waiting on. I beeped my car horn a short, friendly double beep. Must have driven her mad.

    • March 17, 2015 - Reply

      @OSHH

      Exactly! Our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. all went along with their lives trying to make it. Some (not all) white people willingly burned crosses on their yards, falsely accused them of crimes, etc.

      In last month’s issue of “Oprah” magazine her book club pick was a new author Cynthia Bonds. On page 117 of the issue, Ms. Bonds says, “My aunt was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. She’d been taking care of children for a white family, and according to most of my family, the father forced her into a relationship that went on for years. One night when they weren’t together, the town sheriff and his deputies took Carrie [Ms. Bond’s aunt] and two of her sisters to jail, raped one of them, dragged Carrie to a hilltop, and shot her over and over. No one was ever brought to justice, though everyone knew who did it. My grandfather died knowing that his daughter’s killers remained free. I’m glad that I’m in a position now to talk about these atrocities”.

      Our ancestors were minding their own business and working from a place of love and forgiveness, and they were met with hatred and more hatred.

      • March 18, 2015 - Reply

        @ALM247

        and that’s a known fact!

  3. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    Forgetting about the past is one reason why we are in this situation where we’re in now.

    • March 17, 2015 - Reply

      @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      Exactly, truth. There are so many Black millenials who think racism is a thing of the past, and it’s ok to say the n word around their white friends. Then they are shocked when confronted with bias.

      • March 17, 2015 - Reply

        @vintage3000

        SMH.

      • March 18, 2015 - Reply

        @vintage3000

        You are right. Some Millennials have to see that the struggle is not over. The structural problems of racism, poverty, misogyny, and other evils still exist internationally. The n word not only slanders black people, but it has been used by many to stereotype human beings in a vicious, derogatory way. The word is anti-human and we will continue to stand up and speak up for our black brothers and our black sisters in season and out of season.

  4. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    he said “we want to extend our hand in peace, not a fist”
    Who’s we? I’m not them. I support extending a black fist with brass knuckles anytime if need be. None of this peaceful hocus pocus. I’m not about this pacifist bs of reaching out hands in love and forgetting the past. White man came into the Americas “In Peace” with cute little Peace Treaty’s and broke all of them, every. single. time.

    I don’t want peace. I want Liberty. Liberty doesn’t come from the disenfranchised extending “peace”. How did America get it’s liberty again from Britain?? Did America offer a hand in peace with the British government to get Liberty? Oh.

    Liberation >>> Temporary “Peace”

    • March 17, 2015 - Reply

      @disqus_6sinns1216

      Not to taunt you or anything but since you bring up valid questions, I hope you don’t mind if I ask the following: where does it stop? What does violence get us? How does violence work in places like the Middle East? Also, this is beyond white people for me but how do we answer violence in our own neighborhoods? Do we answer the rampant violence of our youth against one another with more violence? I think it is time we what we still have not: use our MONEY to fight them. Let’s not support people who hate us. Let’s build our own infrastructure, businesses and support system. We are so financially powerful and we have no clue. I hate to say it but I think the Asian communities get this concept. They come here, buy from each other, support each other and build their own businesses. Heck, they even have a monpoly on our communities. Getting more ammunition to fight white people is not realistic in my opinion. Instead, let’s communicate with them in the only language they understand: money. You want to portray us on TV in a bad light? Let’s call all the advertisers who we support and who advertise during their shows and boycott. Your cops kill our kids? Let’s not buy from their businesses in that town until justice is served. I believe this is our next mountain to climb and we can do it. I can’t wait for the day when we are not financially dependent on the white community. All the other stuff is just distraction. More violence is worthless collateral. It has no value in the end. Our money does. Financial Liberation. This I wait for. Also, I still believe in the concept of peace: peace with the planet we live on, with each other and peace within ourselves. Powerful tool. If you are in harmony with everything around you then you can focus on you and depend on you and not anyone else.

      • March 17, 2015 - Reply

        @K.C.

        K.C. I agree 100% about economic independence and building our own infrastructure. That’s what we did during segregation. Integration didn’t help us; it hurt us because we lost ourselves and became “them.” We got a foot in the door, but got the door slammed on it, so now, we have to depend on them.

        When we had our own infrastructure, guess who tore it down (remember Black Wall Street?) We are the only group of people who don’t have our own homeland. The Chinese have China backing them up. Mexicans have Mexico backing them up. They keep their solidarity all in the family.

        • March 17, 2015 - Reply

          @noirluv45

          “Integration didn’t help us; …”

          because INTEGRATION = Eurocentricity in Blackface, Brownface, Yellowface, Redface, etc.

          INTEGRATION never meant acceptance and respect of fellow human beings in their unique differences.

          • March 17, 2015 - Reply

            @RaiseTheBar

            Exactly!!!

        • March 18, 2015 - Reply

          @noirluv45

          Yes, thank you! I am all for one multicultural family and one global community. That cannot happen if we are still short a dollar. We used to go to the local black doctor or local grocer. We can do it again if we focus and make it a priority.

        • March 20, 2015 - Reply

          @noirluv45

          The main difference with Black Wall Street is white folks put an end to that by burning the town to the ground and killing black people for being prosperous. Maybe today it might work. MAYBE?!

          • March 22, 2015 - Reply

            @OutstandingWorldCitizen

            “Maybe today it might work.”

            YES!!! — The past does not “automatically” equal the future.

      • March 17, 2015 - Reply

        @K.C.

        “Let’s not support people who hate us”.

        I have discussed this very concept with a family member, and that family member pointed out to me that that is the issue. We often don’t know who truly hates African Americans. Most people have learned to paint on false smiles in public while their hearts are elsewhere. My family member also pointed out that if we truly knew who supported concepts of racism, African Americans probably wouldn’t be able to support very many retailers.

        “Let’s build our own
        infrastructure, businesses and support system. We are so financially
        powerful and we have no clue”.

        I agree with the two sentences above. It’s very complex, though. In the meantime, who is going to be able to replace WalMart, Target, KMart and the grocery store? Something like that will take time. There is sometimes so much back stabbing within the African American race that we often end up undermining our own best interests.

        • March 17, 2015 - Reply

          @ALM247

          Very true. I watched a documentary on Netflix about Black spies during the civil rights movement. They were paid by the federal government to infiltrate meetings in churches, the homes of their friends, etc. Black people were being lynched, shot down in the streets and these traitors were still running back to whitefolks,, all for a few coins.

          • March 17, 2015 - Reply

            @vintage3000

            vintage, they did the same during slavery, and they are doing the same today.There are a lot of traitors in our race.

            • March 18, 2015 - Reply

              @noirluv45

              @noirluv, Word. Now the traitors have all these modern platforms to shout their ignorance from.

          • March 18, 2015 - Reply

            @vintage3000

            I think someone of them were greedy slaves. I think others were threatened or tortured.

            • March 18, 2015 - Reply

              @BillipPhailey

              Yeah that was another tactic, divide and conquer. Forcing human beings to beat and murder each other-smdh they are sick life forms.

          • March 18, 2015 - Reply

            @vintage3000

            What’s the name of the documentary? Sounds interesting.

            • March 18, 2015 - Reply

              @Bearlikesbones

              Spies of Mississippi, it’s still playing on Netflix.

          • March 18, 2015 - Reply

            @vintage3000

            @vintage 3000: one of my friends told me about that special you mentioned, that’s so sad how some of our people worked to harm something that would benefit us. But during slavery sellout blacks did this

            • March 18, 2015 - Reply

              @Mary Burrell

              Hi Mary, yes Black people betraying each other goes all the way back to Africans selling others into slavery. That’s another hot button we don’t like to talk about but its true.

        • March 18, 2015 - Reply

          @ALM247

          It is going to be hard work. If we want to buy cars, get a great deal quickly (Target) or whatever it is we depend on. However, we can start small. Go to the black doctor in your neighborhood. Buy groceries at the local black grocer. Buy your human hair from a BLACK supply place and not a Korean one. Of course, if the black businesses are not on point then don’t buy from them either. However, let’s make it a goal. We can do it! Small steps and we can get there.

        • March 18, 2015 - Reply

          @ALM247

          I agree. It will take time but that is the only way black people will ever make a difference in this world. We have tons of power but it’s not being use. We have to start opening and bouncing money between black businesses. Once white people start losing money since we won’t be supporting them then maybe their attitudes may change or maybe worse we will really see their true colors when they go to the extremes sabotaging what we are trying to build.

      • March 17, 2015 - Reply

        @K.C.

        I do agree with your points. 100% too. BUT. I what I do NOT believe in, is black folk extending a peaceful hand with racists so racism can end. I do not believe that peace & harmony can end racism whatsoever.

        • March 18, 2015 - Reply

          @disqus_6sinns1216

          I guess that is where we differ. I don’t like violence. I don’t even like people raising their voice in my house. If people come in my house and want to act the fool, I kindly show them the door. Took me a while to get here. I used to be someone who liked a good fight but I realized it wasted my time. I meditate and trying to get peaceful inside myself and I realize I need peace all around, not just within me. Anyway, I understand your frustration though because it is hard to adhere to this every day but I believe violence is EXACTLY what white people want and expect from us. They love when we fight them that way they can point the finger at us. Also, it’s a game they understand well since they are such perpetrators historically. Surprise them. They don’t expect us to get all cool headed on them and start acting with our wallets. This would be a true threat to white power structure. We fund their racism with our money. We support their businesses even when they hate us. Time for us to stop that. Anyway, you and I can agree to disagree.

          • March 18, 2015 - Reply

            @K.C.

            I would say that I’m nonviolent, not anti-violent.

            • March 18, 2015 - Reply

              @BillipPhailey

              I am both nonviolent and also anti-violence. I still consider myself a fighter though. Been through a lot. Black women in general are great fighters and survivors.

      • March 17, 2015 - Reply

        @K.C.

        ” use our MONEY to fight…”
        ~~~~~~~~~~
        “…build our own. To me any conversation besides that is a distraction and a waste of our time. …”

        ___________________________________

        FINANCIAL independence — FINANCIAL MASTERY!
        If this is your personal TRUTH, then YOU get it. Don’t wait, LIVE your personal TRUTH.

        Make it a Family Affair and a Generational Affair and HOPEFULLY a Community Affair.

        GOAL: Homeownership / Self-employment (if possible)

      • March 18, 2015 - Reply

        @K.C.

        They also marry their daughters off to wealthy white men.

      • March 18, 2015 - Reply

        @K.C.

        I agree and in an ideal world for us that sounds perfect. However, they own the system. They own the banks, trade organization, minerals and infrastructure etc
        I think there can be a movement on a smaller scale but never dominant. There’ll be another J. Edgar Hoover monitoring the movement and its power (there already is). You better believe there will be a shut down if things get too powerful. Everything is monitored and tracked including this blog site. If government informants were able to infiltrate and destroy the black community back then, I can only imagine how they can take control now…

  5. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    It’s asinine attitudes like Common’s and others like him that impede the continue development of Black people. His kind of “advise” keeps Blacks in subservient, second-class existence which is just where many whites want them to be.

    • March 17, 2015 - Reply

      @mariah asphalt

      It’s asinine attitudes like Common’s and others like him that impede the continue development of Black people.”

      I agree with you on this, and I wonder what type of social and emotional bubble he has lived in this entire life to say something like this. He is from Chicago. A TON of people in Chicago have direct roots (parents and grandparents) to the deep South.

      Is this a condition of his Oscar win, to make racists feel no obligation to change their thinking and their ways?

    • March 18, 2015 - Reply

      @mariah asphalt

      I see where you’re coming from, but we can’t go ‘eye for an eye’ and ‘blow for blow’ in this country. It’s not ours to begin with and never be. Despite how many wars we fought, how many American companies are Fortune 500 because of slavery, systematic oppression being the reason the U.S. is a superpower today, sports teams we play on, sing/dance/shuck n jive for them …it will never be ours.

  6. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    Common is way too old to be this dense. Doesn’t he realize that his grandparents and great-grandparents already tried to get along with people of other races?

    You can’t bargain with the devil.

    All white people are not racist, but for those who are, they have a vested personal interest in convincing themselves that they are superior solely based on the color of their skin. Pastor Tony Evans has a great statement on this. He said something along the lines of “Racism is not a skin problem, but racism is a sin problem”. He also points out that those who have sinned need to do the work.

    That’s the issue. There have been some white people who have marched for Civil Rights over the years, but their cousins, uncles, mothers, etc. who did not share their views are the problems. It is the SINNER’S job to apologize and STOP SINNING. It is not the job of the person who has been mistreated to extend the olive branch.

    • March 18, 2015 - Reply

      @ALM247

      IMO, I believe EVERY white person holds onto some aspects of the white supremacy ideology.
      A month ago, on my Tumblr page, I posted a question and a comment. In the post, I stated that if the concept of white privilege was abolished, based off of the votes from the American citizens, I believe every white, American citizen won’t give up their privileges.

      • March 18, 2015 - Reply

        @Michelle

        They most certainly wouldn’t, Michelle. The thing is how many of them have the guts to admit they have privilege. Many seem to be in denial or they think privilege means being wealthy.

        • March 18, 2015 - Reply

          @noirluv45

          Yes, there are study after study documenting white privilege. Denial is a horrendous reality. We should talk about these issues and establish fundamental solutions where we have true freedom.

          • March 18, 2015 - Reply

            @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

            Yes, indeed, truth. Isn’t denial something! Solutions is what it’s about. They can’t even be honest with what they know is true. SMH again.

            • March 18, 2015 - Reply

              @noirluv45

              As Malcolm X said, in order for the problem to be solved, the knife must be taken out and there must be healing. Some of them deny even the wound caused by the knife (which is the system of white supremacy). If they deny the wound, they certainly don’t want the knife to be taken out, so healing can transpire. Solutions are needed and the solutions will be diverse. Each of us have diverse gifts, therefore the solutions will involve health, economics, cultural growth, familial development, and other things. A lot of the young black people know technology better than tons of people, so we can use technology and cooperative economics as a way for us to be truly free.

              • March 18, 2015 - Reply

                @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

                in order for the problem to be solved, the knife must be taken out and there must be healing. he was right but that will take a long time.

                • March 18, 2015 - Reply

                  @TheBurningBush

                  It will take a while.

                  • March 18, 2015 - Reply

                    @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

                    right on brother, where is sister CourteyrrR?

                    • March 18, 2015 - Reply

                      @TheBurningBush

                      I don’t know right now. She is probably taking a break. Newsone is not the same with the new Facebook comment section. We both love Sister Courtney’s wisdom and we appreciate her great intellect.

  7. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    I guess these Black celebrities are playing the puppet roles. Seriously, someone must be paying them speak nonsense.

    • March 17, 2015 - Reply

      @noirluv45

      I am wondering if they are slipping something into these folk’s coffee at these industry parties?

      • March 17, 2015 - Reply

        @ALM247

        I’m wondering that too, ALM! What the heck is going on. It’s funny how all these “New Blacks” are coming out the woodwork, and when they are, they are talking to White people. SMH.

        • March 17, 2015 - Reply

          @noirluv45

          When you look at history, we see the Ghetto Warsaw Uprising, we see the slave revolts, etc. These events show that self defense is never equivalent to unjust violence. I will never forget what those savages (as in white racists) have done to our ancestors.

          • March 17, 2015 - Reply

            @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

            Yes, truth! History can’t change, and they haven’t changed since they crawled out their caves. We are fighting the powers of evil. It’s a spiritual battle.

            • March 17, 2015 - Reply

              @noirluv45

              For a long time, the racists have used war, sex, money, media propaganda, etc. as a means to try to manipulate and control all of us. The bad news is that we have a long way to go. The good news is that there are many black people globally who reject naivete and who seek justice in uncompromising terms. I recently saw a website on Afro-Australians and their experience mirror our own in many ways as black people (like in racism, economic issues, and standing up for their human dignity). This is a spiritual battle. That is why one secret is to not only learn wisdom, but to find time to meditate, eat healthy, and treat our people right. When we treat our people right, then we will be blessed. At the end of the day, the spiritual manna can enrich our hearts and our souls as one people.

              • March 17, 2015 - Reply

                @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

                Let the church say, “Amen!”

          • March 18, 2015 - Reply

            @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

            Brother if we forget, our ancestor’s souls shall weep. My father told me this when I was a kid

            • March 18, 2015 - Reply

              @Chazz A

              Great Words. People just want human beings to be held accountable for their deeds. Our ancestors and our cultural legacy in general has been about building. We should build, be honest, and be just. We don’t need accommodation. We need justice.

              • March 18, 2015 - Reply

                @truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

                Word is bond!

        • March 18, 2015 - Reply

          @noirluv45

          maybe they have cast a stupid spell on some of these so call new blacks.

          • March 20, 2015 - Reply

            @TheBurningBush

            Yes, that could be it. Something is going on because many are coming out of the woodwork. It just seems contrived.

            • March 20, 2015 - Reply

              @noirluv45

              it is very contrived and the white house might be behind this!

      • March 18, 2015 - Reply

        @ALM247

        funny I was thinking on the same line but a good and valid point and it’s very well possible. I was thinking they have the ability to cast some kind of stupid spell on them or someone in high places like the President Obama who Common know and is from Chicago ask him to say something like that.

        • March 20, 2015 - Reply

          @TheBurningBush

          I’m going to Amazon right now to check out this book. Thanks, Burning Bush.

          • March 20, 2015 - Reply

            @noirluv45

            it’s not much in it about race however it’s one of those books you have to take your time and read it but when you are done you will be amazed and your eyes will be wide open and you will see why they would produce a show like Empire, why they fight some wars, how they use mind control etc.

  8. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    amazing what a little recognition, a little money and ‘inclusion’ does for the ego. black people have extended hands, arms, shoulders, backs, feet and lives — all in the name of love, peace, acceptance and inclusion. black people have fought alongside whites in every battle this country has engaged in – including the american revolution. black people have given their lives to uphold and support the ideas and ideals of freedom and democracy in this country — which we still do not have. the countries this government has engaged in war with over the years are more respected than the american black people who fought for, and some died for, this country’s morals, ideas and ideals. black americans have fought in segregated wars in defense of this country! whites show their gratitude and love by excluding black americans from the history of this country as much as possible. blacks have nothing to apologize for. turn out the lights, light a candle, burn a little incense, extend your hand in the name of forgiveness and love and ‘rape!’ is screamed. whites do not need our love, our support, our extended hand(s), our lives. they want us to disappear — they wouldn’t even miss our money.

  9. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    Be careful when you extend that hand, you just might pull back a nub.

  10. March 18, 2015 - Reply

    Common Sense is not Common….Point proven. SMH.

  11. March 18, 2015 - Reply

    Geesh who’s next… Mos Def, Nas… I thought Common had some common sense. Have we not been extending that hand for the longest. If you ask me I think generally speaking we are some of the most forgiving people on this earth. It would be nice to live in that Kumbaya world where you extend that hand and people accept wholeheartedly and willingly, ready to move forward, assessing their honest feelings of others and dealing with them, but the truth is “they” keep taking us back there. The simplified world and way of doing things that folks like he and Pharrell occupy once money comes into play is not the reality that many face daily. It’s not the world we live in. The responsibility is not solely ours.

    • March 23, 2015 - Reply

      @Nicole

      Nas is already gone. When Gwyneth Paltrow said the N-word on Twitter, Nas came to her defense. He said he would slap someone for her. He said that some people get a pass, and she is one of them. Google it.

  12. March 18, 2015 - Reply

    Now, you see why he was given (yes, given) an Oscar. The Oscar is a White award and they won’t give a Black person such if that Black person isn’t acting in their interests.

  13. March 18, 2015 - Reply

    Common is serving the interests of White folks. Do you all really think he’s that talented of an actor/rapper to be given the platform he has now?! Common is doing like all famous Blacks who are rewarded by Whites – he’s choosing paychecks over Black upliftment and dignity. But, this is to be expected when, we, Black people are largely a powerless group with no power to economically punish those of us who sell us out.

    • March 18, 2015 - Reply

      @Kamala Jones

      We have a ton of economic power, we just don’t use that power very often. You should check out the Clutch post on the economic Black out from last Black Friday. Someone on here was adamant about getting a food juicer. We have to get organized and get our priorities straight.

  14. March 18, 2015 - Reply

    WHERE HAVE COMMON BEEN LIVING has he been brain dead and just woke up from a deep sleep cause what he is asking is what black folks been doing every since they meet white people, when the first white person step foot in the soil of Africa before they bought black people here and made them slaves, that’s what black folks have always done extend a hand in love to white people. This sound like something Obama ask him to do.

  15. March 18, 2015 - Reply

    The late great Malcolm X once stated that after a black man achieves a
    certain amount of success and accolades that make Caucasians feel comfortable, he then becomes the spokesman for black people, under the guise of white
    supremacy. In my opinion, this is the position that Common has taken. Now he has to tap dance for the Hollywood gatekeepers so I’m not surprised, although I seriously doubt that he believes this ridiculous notion.
    Racism travels far beneath the surface of basic hate. The system of white supremacy has to be dismantled and replace with a system
    of equality in terms of social, economic, financial, educational and civil rights.
    Instead of extending a hand of love to Caucasians, we need
    to pool our resources and develop our own infrastructure and political
    agenda. Black people achieved all of this during reconstruction and segregation and it can be done again, but it will take a lot of hard work and dedication.
    As long as white supremacy is the status-quo and this country continues operate under a two party political system and a broken justice system, equality will never exist.

  16. March 18, 2015 - Reply

    I agreed with 99.9% of what he said. But that 1.11% was major: ‘Lets forget about the past’???? Major slip up on that part.

  17. March 18, 2015 - Reply

    I can’t believe we are going back into the age of begging white folk to like us. I’m over that. Good luck to Common for trying to make something work that didn’t years ago. M

  18. March 20, 2015 - Reply

    I love how Jon gently took him to task. “First that hand and hurt needs to be acknowledged to move on.” It went right over Common’s dumb empty bald head. I think the “you’re different talk” must have gotten to him. The oldest most BS shiz folks pull on idiots like him.

    • March 23, 2015 - Reply

      @OutstandingWorldCitizen

      He (Common) just lost all his cuteness, didn’t he???

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