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.
Remember the MEDIA IS POWERFUL.