John Hope Bryant

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Posted by Jeffery Pure-Funk Mitchell on Sunday, August 30, 2015

There Are Many Black Experiences In America

14355735_10154658998407125_1793096207441756965_nSo who defines what it is to be black in America? Who defines what the black experience is and is this experience monolithic? If I am black but don’t have the prevailing agreed upon experience of oppression, does it mean I’m not really black?

Or does it mean THERE ARE MANY black experiences in this country. And I’ve said before, one day a segment of black folks who sympathize with my experience but who are presently not openly vocal about it are going to start speaking up.

JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE BLACK AND I AM TOO DON’T MAKE YOUR EXPERIENCE MINE! We ain’t all the same nor do we have the same perspective or opportunities.

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Modern Day Slavery?

14390778_10154663122882125_6127379658689631462_nIn light of recent events, I guess I should feel guilty eating the white devil’s Friday free pizza. With my brothers under siege how dare I accept a token handout meant to keep from realizing I am nothing but a modern day slave! Just because he breaking me off right and I love what I do in a very professional environment, I am still under the white devils rule in this giant steel tower located downtown of one of the worlds most exciting cities. Just because this so called “employment” affords me a comfy living, health insurance, ability to travel all across the country (did I tell you I went to New Orleans this year?) and the etc, it is still slavery built on the backs of my ancestors! And as soon as I get and finish one more slice I will hang my head in the deepest shame realizing what i have become…

I’ve become full, that’s what I’ve become. A full fool…

A fool for the system! A twisted, callous system that has little regard for the individual and the highest regard for profit and revenue. Imagine a nation of 300 million people based on a capitalistic template where $$ and greed so often corrupt good God fearing men!!

Protesting Accomplishes What?

20141018_132949Lay on the ground all you want, all you gonna get is your clothes dirty. Get up off the ground and go review the evidence! Try checking the official “what really happened,” ya might get your feelings hurt to find out pookie lied…

And after you get your clothes clean, go into these neighborhoods and witness what the REAL issue is. Education, economics, disenfranchisement, etc. Guess what? Even if you get rid of every so called racist crooked cop in the world the REAL issue will still exist!!

The Black Sell Out Song

10599241_10152966798132125_8569855368526510979_nYou call me a sell out and an uncle tom
But I got a resume a quarter mile long

You protest the system, demanding it to change
While I’m working with it, I’m in it getting paid

Then I take that money, I turn it in to class
Used not only in a school room, but against a social past

So when I’m walking down the street, the first thing that “they” notice
Is not the color of my skin, but my smile and my motive

So if you think they see you as some kind of lesser thing
That just may be on you and the presence you don’t bring

It’s Not Just Skin Color, That’s Way To Simple An Explanation

20141127_083549It’s not one’s skin color, thats way too simple of an explanation especially for those of us who seemed to have transcended that idea. It takes work and most times a person has to change to become part of the “accepted class.” Hell, I know I did and where I don’t “adjust” I fully accept the consequences. If you feel that everyone and everybody should be welcomed into the accepted class that’s a whole other utopian discussion.

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