Dec 19th 2011 5:28PMDecorative?! Anyone with a small amount of common sense could see that's not the case. As for the chemicals in the girl's hair, white folks don't use color or perm? Clearly, racism hasn't gone away simply because we live in a new century. It's not surprising that most whites don't view themselves or their counterparts as racist because most have never been discriminated against based on color. If some person of color calls you out of your name, they're just giving back what they've rec'd. Doesn't make it right. I'm just sayin... Until you've walked in those shoes, you have no basis for comparison. If this divisiveness had never begun, there would be no need for the United Negro College Fund, the NAACP, BET nor any other institution focused on a particular group. Most minorities have television networks that address their cultures and their issues, and that's not racist. I could name a dozen primetime shows that have not one black person on them nor any other person of color, which is not indicative of the world we live in. As long as the playing field remains unlevel, there will always be a need for people of color to create their own venues for addressing their issues. You get what you give and when you dish negativity, you can't cry "racist" when the victims decide to return the action.
Jun 8th 2011 11:24AM@SAY WHAT - well said. Most folks could give a hoot about anyone's sexual preference. Heterosexuals don't feel the need to profess their sexuality to the world. Why do some members of the gay community feel the need to shove their preference in everyone's faces? No one really cares who you sleep or live with. At the end of the day, we are all human beings and universally, most of us do similar things like wake up, care for our families, go to a job or earn a living in some way, then come home and live our lives - period. I love Wanda and have always thought her a huge talent. But whining about "equality" for the LGBT community is just old and tired. Our humanity makes us all equal. Touting your sexual preferences in overt ways only fuels the negativity attached to your choice. This is a clear example of "less is more." The insecurity that overt behavior suggests in wearing your sexuality on your shirt sleeves just lends itself to less support and more negativity. Sometimes, it's okay to just live your life and BE QUIET. That by no means entails hiding who you are, but again, the only folks who feel it necessary to highlight and magnify their sexuality are the LGBT community and the reality is, it's just not necessary. If one is happy with their choice and living in comfort with it, why is their a need to shove it in everyone's faces? Answer: NO NEED AT ALL.
Jun 1st 2011 5:35PMI cannot believe that in the 21st century we are still feeling the need to defend ourselves about how we look. Black people, WAKE UP. Someone said in an earlier post that we have lost our ability to just LOVE US and bought into Hollywood's version of "us" by bleaching our skin, wearing weaves and so forth. In the 60s and 70s, we were "black and proud" and we were "sisters and brothers." What happened to that? We spend entirely too much time explaining ourselves to others when there is NO NEED. We are who we are and we look the way God intended us to. If anyone has issues with that, please let that be THEIR ISSUE. Why own someone else's OPINION about our looks or our culture? I work on the fringes of Chinatown in my city and they don't feel a thing about observing their culture right here in the good ole U.S.A. So why is it, we, who were BORN HERE, cannot continue to be who we are wherever we go? As much as we'd like to blame Hollywood or white people, we are as much to blame for our sisters (yes, I said our SISTERS) feeling denegrated based on skin-color. Come on, people. We've got REAL SURVIVAL ISSUES in our communities and yet we waste precious time, energy and resources talking about this mess. Bottom line, don't allow the media, reality t.v., Hollywood nor anyone to define YOU. If you love yourself, no one can make you feel less than. Stand tall and proud and let no one define you based on skin color because at the end of the day it is the content of one's character that really counts.
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