Do you see that man in the picture? That’s Troy Johnson, he’s the webmaster and owner of AALBC.com
It’s the worlds largest online bookstore that focuses entirely on black literature. It’s a wonderful place. This post, and it’s title, are not about him. Yet, I need him today. He inspired this post. I’ll get back to him.
Btw, please excuse my blog voice, but I am going to serve this up in my black militant flavor. I wonder if I should pitch this rollercoaster from the front or from the back? I think I am going to start from the back end. Well, I mean I am going to move ahead in time.
**A voice from across the street answered the pitiful cries of Little Black Sambo... **
Didn’t you Uncle Toms know that game was made to be sold and not told.
Didn’t you notice that Republicans only voted bipartisan when the issue was
about war. Didn’t you realized that when you voiced your constitutional right to
run your mouth, we knew that some of you freedom riders would ride right into
our trap. We bought and sold you dumb ass niggas. You always did love the rope.
It looks like the pigeons have come home to roost. You’ve been hanging
yourselves. Too late now mutherfukers, guess who’s coming back to
dinner! We made you look, you dumb ass crooks. You took you eyes off the real prize. You were too busy talking about each other, a fake ass budget problem and white women . I nigger never could resist a white woman and talking about white peoples money.
December, 2009 :
Troy Johnson is one of the nicest men you’d ever want to meet. His morals and family values are second to none. He could easily be considered a Man’s Man. I’ve had the honor of being around Troy for the last ten years. He seldom gives his opinion without supporting evidence. Well, most of the time.
See, Troy holds a BS from Syracuse University, an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He now makes his home in Harlem. Yeah, he’s educated, but first and foremost, he’s a black man, in all it’s splendor. See, Last year I was planning a trip to NY, New York to attend The NAACP Centennial Author Pavillion, 100 years 100 Authors. The list of great authors included Walter Mosely, E. Lynn Harris, Terry McMillan, Dr. Ben Carson, Judge Greg Mathis, Viginia Deberry and Donna Grant, Cornell West, Dr. Dorothy Height, Hill Harper, Bonnie Glover, Asha Bandele and many more.
Since I knew my boy Troy lived in Harlem, I thought I’d cut my cost by spending a few nights at his house. Well, I think I made my move too soon. After I hit Troy with the idea, he replied:
"Carey, as much as I would like to accommodate you. I have two teenage daughters living with me -- I'm not sure they'll be able to keep their hand off you!"
Now see, I think that was a soft version of "Carey, I've read your stories and there's no way in hell I would let you come anywhere near my daughters or my neighbors or my plants. I'll see you in the lobby"
Oh well, back to his site and this post. Over there we get it on. The topics of discussion can flow from books to the present state of gloom for the print media. One minute we might be talking about the war in Afghanistan and end up talking about booty in Brazil. Really, there seems to be a problem with brothas that slip off to Brazil to imbibe in Brazilian sex. Troy went to Africa this year - really.
But what about a time called now? This week the topic opened with Sapphire's new book and slowly but surely moved to the shoulders of President Obama. Don’t ask me how we got there. You couldn’t handle the truth. Anyway, in response to another poster, Troy said the following.... Troy:
"Robymarie, honestly I admire Cynique and Chrishayden more than I admire Obama. I supported Obama 100% simply because he appeared to be a viable Black candidate. I also hoped that he would help all people through his actions. I also thought he would help young Black folks, in particular, by the example he would set just by being president and proving anything is possible. Right now, unfortunately, it looks like I was wrong"
Listen, since this is a personal type blog, I can say that mess pissed me off, and let me tell you why. It's not because [he] used 2 regular postee's names to compare with Obama. It's because that statement lacked balance. So much so, it inspired this post. Listen, if you look at the dynamics of most boards, or blog spots, the strong and fearless voices rule the day.
Granted, they may not be "right" or saying anything worth hearing, but they have little fear of sharing their opinions. Some would say they are opinionated individuals. Considering that group of individuals, where does that leave the rest, or how would the rest be classified? Well, without getting too deep, I believe it's safe to say, many of them would/could be followers. Sure, they may have a mind of their own, but the average person has a "lynch mob" mentality. Many would not agree with the "lynch mob" analogy and I understand. However, who will admit they are easily lead or that they are quick to surrender their thinking to someone else. Yet, it still remains true – they are easily lead – thinking is one of the hardest things to do. More so, it’s been proven that if I person can’t say what’s on their mind, they seldom can do it. I didn’t say they didn’t want to speak their mind. It’s simply that they may not have a complete vision. Plus, many individuals feel the most comfort while riding in the arms of popular opinion. Come on now, you know we live in a vortex of monkey-see-monkey-do. Denial is an ugly thang.
Troy is a leader, and consequently, I believe all individuals like him should listen to their own words with a very discerning ear. People will get behind leaders that have a platform and a voice. Sure, I am fully aware that many do not see themselves as leaders or role models. However, that leadership role, which can be a conscience endeavor or not, can do harm. Considering all that I've said – opinionated individuals, followers, passive people, ignorance, lynch mob mentalities, popular opinion, entrenched haters, platforms, etc – It’s time I move to the silver bullet of this post.
If not he, then who? Who’s on first? If not Obama then who? Who’s on deck?
Yes, it is our constitutional right and responsible to voice our concerns about the ills of our nation. Yet, I wonder if some negroes have taken assimilation to a new level. In voicing our concerns regarding the decisions of our president’s policies, shouldn’t we consider the down side of doing so without a balance in our words? Seriously, no words, witticisms or excuses can wither that basic fact.
"But Carey, we can’t give him a pass".
Who said anything about a goddamn pass!?
Game is to be sold and not told. Shouldn’t we pass along the four food groups of love, compassion, understanding and trust, instead of the ugly stick of hate and disdain? I believe it’s in our best interest to UNDERSTAND that Barack Obama is standing on first. Shouldn’t we TRUST history. If history serves us well – in our hearts – we have to know he’s the best pitcher we have. If no, who so? Is it not wise to wrap our comments in LOVE and COMPASSION . He has enough entrenched haters that say nay, and bark at the moon.
I get so tired of reading the comments of Obama’s "back seat" supporters. What’s the purpose of giving a hint of praise only to be followed by conjunctions like "BUT" – "However" – "Yeah But" and "I told you so"? Those words tend to water down the preceding passage, and in some cases, completely negates them. The praise becomes a mere afterthought.
Miss me with that "we should tackle our problems with color blindness" bu*lshit. If you believe that shit, or if that’s your battle cry, I have to ask you who really is the blind mutherfuker.
Look, I realize there are some niggas out there that love talking like white folks but let me leave you with the following words from "our" forefathers:
The original 1892 text is:
I Pledge Allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible with liberty and justice for all.
- Francis Bellamy, "The Youth's Companion"
Uuuuumm, my flag in 1892?
The current version went through many changes— as provided for under Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 4, US Code.
This is my version: I pledge allegiance to my dad and the truth for which he stands. Because he’s the leader of my home, I will be indivisible with liberty and justice for all.
~CareyCarey "A Black Man’s View"