Cynique Posted May 3, 2010 Report Share Posted May 3, 2010 Right up there with the perennial debate about who’s to blame for the relationship rift that exists between black men and black women, is the ongoing finger-pointing that goes on in regard to what constitutes a self-hating black person. Lately, a person’s attitude about Obama can become what triggers accusations of self-hate. But first it becomes relevant to offer a definition of a “self-loving” black person. Supporting the president unconditionally because “white people are just out to get him“ is a priority for the self-loving black person. Making fun of or chiding him for not honoring the promises that got him elected is tantamount to blasphemy. The connection between criticizing Obama and hating yourself apparently has to do with the idea that black people are interchangeable and to give the president’s job performance a C- makes one ashamed of oneself because “he” is “us“. To really be a card-carrying self-loving black person, one seemingly has to reject anything that smacks of white envy and embrace everything that is black. Of course this creates a conflict in regard to black people who self-loving blacks consider to be Uncle Toms. An inconsistency occurs here wherein a self-loving black person rejects certain other Blacks if they don’t love what he loves. This, of course, is where making a distinction between a black person and a negro comes in, - a distinction that’s ineffective because there is no unanimous consensus about who rates as what; only opinionated assessments. All of this raises the uncomfortable possibility that where our esteemed President is concerned, he could fit the self-lover's definition of being a sell-out. He has, after all, out of expediency, chosen to be a president of all the people. And this is as it should be. He simply cannot be a “black” president and since he had to have know this before he ran for the office, he also had to know that showing any affinity for his fellow blacks would be a “no-no“. How lucky he is that his self-loving supporters abandon their criteria and excuse him from qualifying as a black self-hater because, by their standards, he compromises his blackness, - not to mention how his wife gets her hair permed, not daring to wear an Afro I personally dismiss anyone who says I‘m a self-hater because implicit in such an insinuation is that black self-hate is synonymous with admiration for whatever is white, as if white people have a monopoly on productive behavior, as if this is not a human survival trait, that transcends race. Yes, because I know they could do better, I cast a jaundiced eye at things some black folks do that result in them becoming their own worst enemy. But I don’t sweat it, and I usually find humor in it. I am who I am, a woman who identifies herself as black, who loves the freedom of being true to myself. No problem. No self hate. Think what you will, I know better. In conclusion, it can be deduced that the subject of black hate is a many-faceted issue, one that is rife with vacillating debators. And to those who would smugly attempt to point out that I “doth protest too much“, I say that this is a subject that lends itself to an in-depth analysis, and, beside that, this board needs something to wake it up. z z z z z z z Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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