Black people sure love to talk and politick, but when it’s time to take affirmative action it’s mostly just *crickets*.

I saw the uproar coursing through the black community at the recent GwynethPaltrow situation. To summarize, she used the N-word and a bunch of black rappers/rap profiteers including Nas, The Dream and Russell Simmons came running to her assistance, slapping black people in the face. Jay Z, Beyonce and Kanye West were quiet as church mice.

The complaints from black folk were nothing I haven’t already said time and time again on this blog…

They’re sell outs!

They’re hurting the black community!

They’re trying to please white people over their own people!

I also heard “Someone should start a petition about this!” more than a few times.

I decided to answer that last call. I went ahead and put a petition up (took all of five minutes). It was titled “Jay Z Nas Rappers et al Don’t Speak for the Black Community.” I posted it on my Twitter timeline and a few of the sites where people are commenting on the issue. Then I came back about 8 hours later….

Still not one signature besides mine.

Then I thought about it — we have countless high profile actors, actresses, gurus, “conscious” rappers, authors, magazine editors, scientists, doctors, news pundits and such in the black community. Why can’t they be the ones to get a movement started? They not only have the fan base to get things going, they also have the money and resources to sustain it!

But they choose to sit silent. Do nothing. They just want to comment about stuff from time to time on Twitter. Big deal! 

Then they and the politicking crew will probably go and bump Jay Z and Kanye’s song “Niggas in Paris” in their cars on the way home.

I started a petition against Pepsi and its little racist Superbowl commercial over a year ago. Do you know the petition STILL hasn’t reached its initial goal of just 1,000 signatures? And to be honest I think the only reason it was as successful as it was (getting hundreds of signatures in a few weeks) was because white feminists got a hold of the story. Yet you heard countless black women complaining about the commercial throughout the internet. Countless news stories on the issue. I’m certain there were more than 1,000 black women interested in that issue, or am I wrong?

I don’t make any money off of this site, barely enough to cover hosting fees. I do this from the strength, because I really do care about black people. But I have to wonder sometimes if putting out this information is really making any difference.

So I decided to delete the petition. I’m going to for once sit back and let someone else make "it" happen. I’ll be waiting and 100% willing. When ya’ll are ready to do something instead of just talking about it, you just let me know. I’ll get behind it not only with talk on this blog but actual action.




  1. Anonymous On June 11, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Yes unfortunatley thats how we do it...wish I had seen the twitter post. We talk a good game but as with other races its usually the few that speak up for the many.

      Awake. Aware. Alive. On June 11, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    I am actually working on a post from this same issue. Do you know what I have realized, CBL, these entertainers DO speak for the black community because they are from whom the black community takes its identity. Think about it: fathers are not in homes, many black women live substandard lives, blacks have never bothered to educate black children themselves on black identity and history, and the older generation is dying so it really is the entertainment industry, namely the rap/hip-hop complex that tells black people who they are. Those of us who take our cues of identity from our history have to stick together and that is part of another problem, right-thinking blacks who haven't thrown in the towel yet, getting it together. Therefore, don't look to Hollywood for the answers. They ARE the problem.

    Peace and so glad to read your post.

      CB Lady On June 12, 2012 at 4:59 AM

    Thank you for your comments people. Awake, I agree with your thesis for the most part. I just know that personally they don't speak for my opinions and values. I guess in the grand scheme of things that is all that really matters, not what others may think or say about us. Pls tweet me your post when it's finished I'll Rt

      Anonymous On June 12, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    @Awake, please stop making generaliations. You seriously need to start using the words "many" or "some" before your statements. I know plenty of Black folk who do not live the way you have stated they live. They DO NOT have a public platform on which to speak and many(see how it's done?)black folk would rather listen to a self hating black man who worships anything that is non black, before they will listen to a well spoken, educated black man who takes care of his black wife and children. That is the truth. Many black folk know this and they are simply at the point that they can no longer waste time and energy on people who do not care.


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