Rock(1)It has been a longstanding joke that refuses to go away. The difference between Black people who are progressive and n-gers who are not.

Chris Rock has used to advance his career and heighten his chances of being a mainstream darling. As a writer for Salon recalls, back in 1996, comedian Chris Rock joked about why being Black vs. the other kind needs to be distinguished. “I love Black people, but I hate n-gers”. This seems to be his blatant attempt to explain how black people who are educated and about something tend to be tainted by their counterparts who are lazy thugs incapable of contributing anything meaningful to society. They are the ones that drag the good stock down and give them a bad name. They are the reason why the N-word was invented and still carries some relevancy.

Rock isn’t the only one who displays the damaging “holier than thou” attitude that brings a sense of divisiveness to the Black community.

Charles Barkely just recently ruffled feathers when he boldly declared his stance against the crop of Blacks that don’t respect the idea of success but instead balk at it because they are content being literal idiots. ‘When you are Black, you have to deal with so much crap in your life from other Black people…For some reason we are brainwashed to think, if you’re not a thug or an idiot, you’re not Black enough”. He then goes on to say something that proves how fragmented his views are, “There are a lot of people who are unintelligent, who don’t have success”.

While it might be true that a lot of Blacks are not necessarily deemed successful – that is practically relative. Everyone’s definition of success varies depending on your views on the matter. Barkley’s assessment is a searing reminder of how privileged Black celebrities carelessly generalize an issue that should be delicately examined. To say that most Blacks are unintelligent is a brutal untruth that does very little to advance the causes of racial equality. The idea that there are more stupid Blacks polluting all the hard work being rendered by more advanced Blacks is a detrimental ideology that should be discounted and ignored.

Others have chimed in and dug even deeper holes. Bill Cosby has been guilty of vocalizing his disdain for blacks who are uneducated and don’t speak intelligently. CNN’s Don Lemon has never hidden his disgust when it comes to blacks settling for the bare minimum instead of doing what he did to “make it”.

The tragedy is how these views downplay the sacrifices that were made to help propel the success stories. The uncle who had to steal in order to keep the lights on so that his nephew could complete his homework – or the other not so legal tactics that were implemented to put food on the table. Most of the “so called thugs” patrolling the streets today are actually brilliant minds who just happen to be the consequence of a system that is still in place. A system built to keep the black community on its knees. Sure, America is a place that provides the opportunity to become bigger than you ever imagined if you do the work. But it has never been that black and white – no pun intended.

To have people like Chris Rock, Bill Cosby and Don Lemon accentuate the notion that the Blacks who are still graveling at the bottom deserve to be there because they chose that life is unfair and exposes a deeper problem within their personal spectrum. Instead of ridicule and criticism – it would be more valuable to encourage and acknowledge the triumphs. The fight against the machine involves all of us regardless of how weighty our bank accounts are because at the end of the day, to the outside world, there is very little difference between black and n-gers.

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  • CAsweetface

    We know, we know, we know! These type
    of articles, discussion are starting to annoy me because the very same people
    that are fully aware of the damaging affects of that line of thinking talk to
    each other, blog about it, join groups about it so we are aware but the
    demographic who needs to hear this information is hard to reach so they never
    enter the discussion. I live in a very black neighborhood with blatant
    social/economic disparities. I feel as if even though I’m black and bought into
    a black neighborhood I’m in essence gentrifying the ward because I bring a
    certain level of education, expectations for myself and guests and I maintain
    my house a certain way. This doesn’t make me better I’m just who I am because I
    was raised middle class. Today, on the bus to the subway, were many colorful
    characters, per usual. Many dressed haphazardly, cussing, littering on their
    way onto and off of the bus and many other things many would find offensive.
    But I just sat there, listening to my music, casually reviewing and a part of
    me wish some would carry themselves differently but the logical more reasonable
    part of me knows just like I was raised by middle class, tax paying,
    straight-laced people, many of these folks were not. The judgment was gone. You
    are a product of your environment. So many people were left behind in this
    neighborhood and many others just like it while others, my extended family
    included, did whatever it took to not be forgotten. We also judge what’s
    acceptable and what’s no acceptable on white ideals. This is where I’m torn;
    how do we reach out to people in lower social-economic neighborhoods, lack of
    resources and education, and help them better themselves in all facets of their
    own lives the way they deem fit (not what society sees fit for them)? This site
    and many others like it are full of intelligent people talking about the same
    thing yet nothing is ever done and we are talking to the wrong people, EACH
    OTHER! Anyway…that’s enough…

  • Wanda

    “The fight against the machine involves all of us regardless of how
    weighty our bank accounts are because at the end of the day, to the
    outside world, there is very little difference between black and n-gers.”

    But what about our “inside world,” or were you just raised to care about what “others” think about you?

  • Bearlikesbones

    There are bad apples in every bunch. N*ggas are our bad apples. White folks didn’t break into my house, steal my packages, try to hack my wifi password, try to use my stove when their gas was cut off.

    • EbonyLolita

      Sounds like you need to move to a better neighborhood. If you went to a WHITE neighborhood w/the same income bracket the same ish would be happening. This “BUT WE NEED TO DO…..” is what a friend of mine calls an INTERNAL MEMO! Stop allowing whites to use the internal memo as a way of excusing THEIR racism & bias!

    • Shelly

      Other racial groups are able to label bad apples without using a derogatory term that labels EVERY SINGLE PERSON in that group. I wish people would stop brainwashing themselves into thinking that n*gger defines a specific set of black people when the word was designed to characterize us all. Also, you’re extremely ignorant for thinking that whites never do any of those things just because they haven’t happened to YOU.

  • BillipPhailey

    I’ve lived in NOLA, DC and ATL. I laughed out loud at this. Chile…bless her heart.

    I suppose when one of these brilliant minds yells “damn bitch your ass” or follows me, I’m being yelled at by Neil DeGrasse Tyson.