As an African American woman, who lives in an all-black community in the city of Chicago, I find this interesting.
Do you agree with her? Or Disagree? The following article is my opinion on the Peggy Hubbard rant. She rants about several different points that I want to address in this OPINION article. The following things I say may offend a few people. The following things I say may enlighten a few people. Some people may agree with what I have to say. But again, I’m a young black woman with opinions, and my readers know this. So, I’m going to go into it.
There are some things she says that I disagree with completely and there are some things she mentions I feel are spot on.
I’ve heard that Peggy is an anti-black coon, she’s married to a white man and so is brainwashed, and she’s trying to bring the black race down with her racist ideologies. I’ve heard she lived in an all-black community at one time; I’ve heard she now lives in a white community. I will tell you right now that I’m not here to go back and forth with the insults. I’m here to agree or disagree. In my opinion, calling any black person a coon, when they have the guts to speak out, even with points I disagree with, is actually bringing our people down. Everyone has the right to their opinion and should be respected for it, as long as they don’t try to force those opinions on me. Being married to a white man doesn’t mean she isn’t black, so that’s irrelevant in the greater scheme of things. On the contrary, I have people telling me she’s really married to a black man…Rumors, rumors…
Overall, it doesn’t matter where she comes from or who she’s married to. She’s still black. Though it may have an influence on why she feels the way she does, I want to address her opinions as they stand, regardless of her background.
What I’m seeing is a bitter, angry, frustrated, black woman. A woman who is angry with her community (not her literal one, but as a black “community”), a woman who is angry that real violence isn’t being addressed, a woman who is afraid of being killed in her own neighborhood or was once afraid of being killed in black communities, a woman who kind of wants to see those black people who constantly kill be brought to justice. I’m also seeing a woman who has grown to hate black people. I’m not saying I don’t understand why she hates black people, BUT the fact remains. She has some deep-seated animosity within her heart. This animosity can come from what she sees in her community. Crime after crime in all-black communities has possibly made her bitter towards her own people. If she lives in a black community, she’s probably really frustrated. If she lives in a white community, that’s probably why she moved out of black neighborhoods and why she doesn’t live in one. This is understandable, but the fact remains. She is fed up with the black community. She is bitter towards the black community. She’s growing to hate her own people. This is so much so, that she denounces the campaign #BlackLivesMatter. She has become disgusted with this. And it probably won’t end there…
Here are the sections you will find in this article in regards to Peggy’s Rant (sorry about the length). She and others talk about:
- White Privilege
- Black Lives Matter
- Black People Are Violent
- White-washed, Anti-black, and Coon
In her CNN interview, when asked if she believed in “white privilege”, Peggy Hubbard states, “There is no white privilege”. She goes further to explain about some white people who have nothing, who scrap by to survive, and can’t pay their bills.
Let me just start by saying that this shows me that so many people, including those of the black race, don’t know what “white privilege” means.
Even other ethnic groups, especially white people, don’t understand what black people mean when they say there is “white privilege” in the USA.
Some black people who believe in it somewhat don’t understand what it means to the fullest extent. They may know it refers to white people having better jobs and better communities. But no. It goes much, much deeper than that.
My stand on white privilege? It EXISTS. Mostly, among WHITE MEN. Before all of you politically brainwashed people go, “Liberal, left-wing, Right-wing, Conservative” game, I just want to say I’m a free mental agent. I don’t get caught up in that game. Both parties have issues, and both have strengths. I just see things as I see them.
White privilege refers to the history of all nations of people in this nation, the USA, in comparison to white people. Of ALL the ethnic groups in the USA, white people have had the most freedom and access to the most resources to flourish in this nation. Most white people came to North America on their OWN free will. Therefore, their ancestors were well-prepared to handle the land, its challenges and all. They were prepared to wipe out the First Nations individuals. White people “designed” America. And they designed it by bringing their own ideologies, religion, and fashions from Europe. Their laws and policies were designed to suit them, not really including other ethnic groups.
Many African Americans came to this country as slaves. They did not have any choices, no freedoms, and weren’t educated in “white men’s” language or culture. They were just expected to be like animals. The Native Americans were equally treated harshly. Later, the Japanese experienced this oppression in Interment camps.
People may say history doesn’t affect us now. To a certain extent it does and to a certain extent it doesn’t.
“White privilege” doesn’t mean that there are no poor white people. It’s not to say there are no white people suffering. It’s not to say there haven’t been any white people who suffered oppression in this nation and other nations (especially the Irish, Italian, and Jewish). What it really means is that the really poor white people are poor, but all the really rich people, the billionaires, and the ones with all the power, are MOSTLY white.
Banks, department stores like Macy’s, Walmart, most of the White House, and other areas of big business and political power are RUN by white people. It doesn’t matter that there are some white people who haven’t experienced this. There are hardly ANY black people experiencing this.
How many banks do black people own? Who owns Walmart and other major supermarket chains?
White people can say, “Whose fault is that? All black people have to do is get an education and they can start their own businesses and banks.” Ah, but you see it’s not that simple.
Chase bank has been around since 1799.
Walmart has been around since 1962.
Just two to name a few.
The white people who created these companies were not billionaires the moment they started these businesses, were they? But, at the time that these businesses were created, white people had laws that could support them. They could get any job to help fund their side businesses. Walt Disney worked at a bank and was able to save to fund his cartoon company. They didn’t suffer segregation. They were able to promote their businesses in newspapers. They were able to influence politicians. They were able to have a hand in politics and vote for politicians that could support their businesses. These white MEN were able to build business and political empires.
And who do you think they gave these businesses to after they died? Their children. The businesses passed down the family line. And guess what? We now have WHITE BILLIONAIRES.
Back in those days, black people didn’t have that privilege. So what passed on to our black children today? Black people just got their freedoms in the 1960s, but there were still white people who didn’t like that. Black people were denied a lot of job opportunities well into the 1970s! Starting their own businesses was even harder!
And it’s already hard to start a business and make a profit as it is.
So now, black people have to start from scratch. They are where those white men were back in 1799…More than 200 years ago. Guess what that means? It may take another 200 years before our black children actually benefit from modern black-owned businesses and before they become TRUE billionaires.
This is what white privilege means. It means that those who were born into families that owned major companies were able to easily find employment through inheritance and were able to prosper TO THIS DAY because of it.
This is not to say black people couldn’t have done the same thing. Madame C.J. Walker was the first millionaire who was female and black. Still, it was hard for her to reach the white community, who didn’t want to be bothered with “black-owned’ products, which is why she never became a billionaire. Many black people didn’t have a choice but to buy white products after slavery because they didn’t HAVE anything. So, white businesses flourished off of the money that blacks, and other ethnic groups, gave them, as well as the money from their own people.
Another thing that “white privilege” refers to is the language and culture of our land. Let’s be honest. White people invented America. Everyone else was just forced here or forced to comply with white culture. The language of the land is from Europe: English. The fashions were re-invented versions of what people wore in Europe, like trousers, dresses, wigs, etc. The religions that dominate this country have been big religions in Europe. The big businesses doing the hiring are run mostly by WHITE people.
The standard for getting a job is acting “professional”, right? What is acting professional in the USA? Acting like we have been groomed to act: Like white people. We are expected to speak the English language “correctly”, dress the way white people say is “professional”, like wearing a suit and tie, skirts and dresses, etc., and among other things. These standards were created by white people. And all the other ethnic groups are expected to comply to these standards if they expect to be hired by jobs. It has been in USA culture for so long, we think wearing suits and ties to work is NORMAL. English has become the main language because people beat First Nations and Africans out of their language. Spanish-speaking nations were forced to adopt English in the west-though clearly they were there first! Now, English is the main language. And anyone who doesn’t speak “right”, is a “weird foreigner” that needs to assimilate.
This land was designed to reflect white ideologies. This doesn’t mean that there are things from white people I don’t like or appreciate. I’m not bitter or resentful, and I don’t hate white people now for something their ancestors did. But still, I know for a fact that people from different backgrounds may find it harder to find “jobs” because they don’t fit what is considered “professional” and that’s a world designed mostly by white people. Some white people may be poor, but they seem to speak English better, they tend to know the right outfits to wear, and they seem to understand politics so well because they DESIGNED this nation. This gives them an edge with even minimum wage jobs.
This gives them a distinct advantage over other ethnic groups who have been forced into this land (like black people were), forced to comply to this land (like First Nations people or Hispanics in the west), or came way after the laws were created (like East Asians and Middle Easterners).
The chances that there could be ANY billionaires of ANY other ethnic background besides white is SLIM to NONE. As you’ve seen, it took HUNDREDS of YEARS for white people to become billionaires. Only 60 years of true freedom for black people can’t make up for HUNDREDS OF YEARS.
No, it’s not all white people’s fault, especially children born way after segregation. BUT they still have it better than other ethnic groups.
For those of you Caucasian/white individuals who still don’t understand what I’m talking about and how this CAN affect the success of black people, let me put it in a way you can understand.
Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears are both famous women (and this is not to compare their music styles, images, age, or anything, so just stay with me here). You can say both women have had the same opportunities to become famous, which is why both of them are. You can say that it was their choices to become rich and it was just as easy for both of them. You can say where they came from doesn’t matter because they are both rich. And you’re right about one thing. Their differing backgrounds didn’t make the difference in their success.
But their history has everything to do with how each woman got there. Miley Cyrus is clearly MORE privileged than Britney Spears, even though both are rich. How? It didn’t take Miley much to find success and fame because her dad was already a star. Trying to find auditions? Not a problem. Daddy could buy her a ticket to L.A. so that she could audition to be on Disney Channel. Become a singer? Daddy has connections. Whatever Miley wanted to do with her life would’ve been much easier for her than for Britney Spears. She is “privileged” because she came from a family that already had power and money. It gave her a distinct advantage over Britney in comparison to when Britney was her age.
Britney didn’t grow up rich. She did many talent shows and auditions. No connections got her in the Mickey Mouse Club. She had to audition. She had to show what she had to judging eyes. She had to work harder.
If Miley screws up financially, guess what? She has daddy to help her out. If Britney screws up, who can clean up her messes but herself? Though both girls are successful, despite their backgrounds, their backgrounds and experiences still influence their futures. Miley’s privileged lifestyle gives her more advantages than Britney.
Privilege can be put out in many different contexts. But just like the analogy of Britney and Miley, white and black people exist on opposite sides of that spectrum. To a certain degree, there is always the privileged over the have-nots. But in the case between white people and black people, white people have had more opportunities to be successful than black people have. That’s white privilege.
Of course, white privilege varies as well. White women clearly didn’t have the same privileges as white men. They couldn’t own business and had no political rights in 1799, when Chase bank was founded. In 1962, when Walmart was designed, very few women worked!
Still, magazines, television shows, and other media outlets honored the “beauty” of white women and they still do. White women have always gotten more attention when speaking out about gender inequality than the black women who have been speaking out against the patriarchal society since the 1700s. Black women were never considered “real women”. But you can say this benefited black women in some ways. Black women have always held jobs and owned businesses, which is why the first female millionaire was black. This was why the first female astronaut to travel in space, Mae Jemison, was black. The first woman to run for president was black. Where white women were mostly objectified by men, black women were always working to help their families survive and were seen “beyond their looks”. They had no choice. There were not stay-at-home moms. So, I should say in some ways, white privilege has acted against white women when it came to their goals…
Those of the Catholic faith, like the Irish and Italians, and Jewish faith were also barred from progressing in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Immigrants were treated harshly by natural-born Americans.
Still, white immigrants could prosper as long as they gave up their customs and faith. They could easily build up businesses if they assimilated.
No matter how hard Black people, Asians, Hispanics, and First Nations tried to assimilate, they were still not accepted.
This is what “white privilege” means. So whenever someone uses this term, this is what they are referring to, even if they can’t explain it well.
And this is why I disagree with Peggy. “White Privilege” does exist. I believe her response is because she’s ignorant on the subject. She doesn’t realize the context to which it exists and this is mostly due to her living in an all-black community (though some say she lives in a white suburb, too…) with a white man who loves her. I’ll explain this later…
Me believing that white privilege exists doesn’t mean I’ve filled my heart with hatred. I haven’t become racist myself. I still wouldn’t mind getting to know people of various backgrounds and learning their histories and their stories. I have friends that are white. Still, I know “white privilege” exists out there and if it is going to be overcome, I believe there are a few things black people have to do to overcome it. We can’t change the past, but we can change the future.
White privilege exists, but it doesn’t make a black person’s choices for them. It shouldn’t stop them from achieving in this white-influenced world. However, because of white privilege, black people’s “ideas” of success are influenced by “white” thinking. Money, cars, clothes, homes and many other things have seeped into black culture and is now the definition of success.
Black Lives Matter
Clearly, Peggy is against the Black Lives Matter movement. She feels it is a sham, designed to support thugs in the black community.
Before I get into my stand on this, I just want to say one thing. Whatever side you stand on in this matter depends on the community you grew up in and how you’ve experienced black culture. Your stand on the issue depends on WHERE YOU LIVE or LIVED.
Yes, black people come from all sorts of backgrounds with varying experiences.
From my experience, many of the people who support #Black Lives matter don’t live in all-black communities, weren’t raised in black communities, and in fact, live among mostly white people or mixed races. That’s the first thing I noticed. The other black people that support #Black Lives Matter are people who have had run-ins with the law. The rest are young black men and ALL men have more of a desire to break the law than women do, based on statistics.
Alicia Garza, one of the women who first coined the term #BlackLivesMatter, lives in Oakland, California. She has white cops because white people LIVE nearby. She lives in a mixed community.
Where do YOU live?
Most of the people against #BlackLivesMatter LIVE in all-black communities or HAVE LIVED in all-black communities.
This is the irony.
This is not to say that ALL people living in all-black communities stand against the movement. This is to say that if there are ANY people against the movement, it’s the ones LIVING in all-black communities.
Black people who live in mostly white communities experience white privilege and racism A LOT more, up close and personal, than the black people who live in all-black communities. Though the black communities experience it, white people don’t even exist in the universe of black people living in all-black communities. This is because they don’t often see white people for miles. I’ve worked with teenagers in all-black communities and many of them don’t even realize they are the minority in this country! This is because all they see around them are black people.
Black people in mixed or white communities more than likely have white cops, a white mayor, white business-owners, white teachers, white administrators, white post office managers, etc. Most of the people in power in mixed communities are WHITE.
So when black people say, “We have to stop these racist cops from killing our people”, they are admitting to the fact that WHITE people actually live in their community. These black individuals have actually been exposed to white privilege, but also have lived among it. They more than likely live in nice homes and their children go to prosperous schools. These are the black people that will say, “Peggy is racist for saying all black people are violent. Peggy is racist for acting like all black people want to do is kill.” In mixed communities, less black people COMMIT CRIMES. I don’t know why this is so. Black people who live among white people experience more racism than black-on-black crime. SO, these individuals probably wouldn’t understand what Peggy is saying. These people don’t live in the “hood”. They don’t understand “struggle”. They couldn’t possibly understand what Peggy is talking about. It’s nonsense to them.
The biggest criminals in their neighborhoods ARE probably the cops. And racists obviously tend to gravitate to neighborhoods where their race dominates.
Treyvon Martin lived in a white community, clearly. He was the victim of racial profiling. This happens in “mixed communities”.
There are a few black people who live in the white communities that are against Black Lives Matter. It could be because they moved out of an all-black city to escape violence or it could be the white people in their neighborhood have been nice to them. But majority of people who are fighting on the side of this movement haven’t lived a truly all-black experience. Peggy is rumored to have lived in both a white and black neighborhood…Hard to say which, but she’s still got a few points regarding all-black neighborhoods and how these communities influence black culture overall (especially through music).
If you live in an all-black community, such as myself, in the city of Chicago, Detroit, Harlem, you see racism to a looser extent. In fact, most black people in all-black communities HARDLY experience PERSONAL racism because there are no white people living in their communities!
In my community, there are no white people for miles. My neighborhood is greatly segregated, if you want to know the truth. All the cops, school teachers, administrators, even the MAYOR is black. So we can’t cry racism when a cop shoots down an unarmed black man, like some of these other neighborhoods do. Yet, black people are not any more respectful of black leaders in this community.
Is it that racist cops are the problem? Or is it that there are black people who just don’t want to follow any laws? Is it a bit of both?
Black people in black communities experience black-on-black crime more than they do racism. Racism hasn’t been as traumatic for them as black-on-black crime. In fact, racism often doesn’t seem real to people who only live among their own kind. They only know racism by what they hear, not from personal experience.
The black people who live in black communities and support Black Lives Matter are more than likely criminals, family members of criminals, or have been surrounded by black people all their lives and have never gotten to know other people, allowing them to be swept up in any cause that seems to support black people.
I agree with Peggy. As someone who lived deeply among black people, Black Lives Matter is a sham to me.
Here are the reasons why:
1)I live in an all-black community. I’ve been a victim of black-on-black crime. I’ve seen neighbors lose their lives. I’ve seen classmates shot down. I used to be afraid to walk home from school. Afraid to go to school. Afraid while in school. I’m scared of going to work even. I help educate mostly black students. I live that life, that life where young men think being shot IS NORMAL. I work among children who don’t care a lick about black history, children who just want to “twerk” their way through life, children who think stealing and killing and getting locked up is COOL. My story is the stereotype. But you know what? I can’t ignore that. I can sit here and say, “Oh, I can’t make the black race look bad. Every community has their problems”. But when are we all going to fix the problems in each of our communities instead of brushing off the issues? Do I have to lie to myself in order to “fit in” with black people? I have to ignore the crimes that have been committed against me?
And okay, I can’t rely on white cops to support me 100%, but if I can’t trust black people, then who should I stand for and who should I stand against? All I have are black people, and I can’t even trust them. A white cop may be racist, but when a crime was committed against me, a white cop drove out of his jurisdiction to help me. Where was my fellow black man? Committing a CRIME against me.
Many of the people in my neighborhood tried to move into “better neighborhoods”, including me. Why would we try to move if living in a black community was such a paradise? Clearly, it’s difficult to live in all-black communities. Why do you think some black people even live in white communities?
I hear some black people saying that they wish the whole nation didn’t have any white people. These are people who have only lived among white people. They think living with only black people will somehow make this nation one big black paradise. No. It’s not that simple. There are neighborhoods with mostly black people. And they are anything but paradises. Even if we do get rid of white people and take their jobs, we’ll still have to struggle to maintain it all. The struggle won’t end.
Many black people in white communities don’t see the reality of how many black people live in these all-black communities. For once, I challenge those individuals to live in an all-black community. Give it a try and see if you disagree with Ms. Hubbard. See for yourself if she’s lying.
You all may tell me that I still shouldn’t be against Black Lives Matter.
There are some people saying instead of acting against the movement, Peggy, and others who support her, could’ve used the movement to support black-on-black crime.
But could she? The movement has been so associated with black thugs in the community, or any black men dying by the hands of cops, the violence against innocent blacks in their own communities have been ignored, like usual.
I, myself, have tried to use the hashtag to stand against black-on-black crime. For some reason, on Twitter, no one wants to favorite that or re-tweet that. No one has paid attention.
Clearly, the only way to bring attention to black on black crime is to stand against the movement that has come to glorify thugs and criminals. They were without arms, and maybe didn’t deserve to die, but they clearly deserved to go to jail or receive some sort of punishment. Michael Brown, the first young man to spark the riots, was tracked down by police. WHY? Because someone, a black man, CALLED the police on him. Why? Because Michael had just robbed the store that another black man was working at! Clearly, he deserved a punishment. Most people don’t know why the police were tracking him. People only know what went down between the rookie cop and the young black man. But if you understand the whole story, it becomes clear that Mr. Brown was a delinquent.
Still, even if Michael wasn’t dead, what would he be doing right now? Going after that black man in the store he’d robbed!
Those who don’t live in the black community have a hard time understanding this.
2)Black lives matter only seems to apply to a threatening situations dealing with WHITE COPS. Police Brutality exists even beyond just WHITE people. There are plenty of crooked cops and government officials that ARE BLACK. In my community, my mayor did drugs! And yet, he ordered many drug dealers to be arrested. None of these cases made the news. But the minute a white cop does something, it’s all over television. It’s hard to focus on black cops killing unarmed criminals using this hashtag. I’ve tried it. The movement clearly doesn’t apply to black authority figures. It doesn’t relate to my community, a community with all-black authority.
People tell me that it’s important to focus on white cops because we look to these cops to uphold the law, not be the criminals. These people act like only white cops commit hidden crimes. They clearly don’t live in black communities. There are cops in the black community committing more crimes than just shooting down unarmed criminals. Many of these cops are doing drugs and HELPING drug dealers! Racism among cops is not the only concern, especially if none of your cops ARE WHITE…
3)When black people kill each other, we divide each other. I feel that if we tackle black-on-black crime FIRST, we can BETTER unite to combat racism. If staying against Black Lives Matter is going to help fight for black-on-black crime, I’m all for it. By encouraging rioting and celebrating thugs, we are doing the opposite of making a difference.
I also don’t like that Black Lives Matter is associated with Fuk Yo Flag. Both encourage murder. They are just as bad as racist white cops. They believe in taking the lives of people, even if those people weren’t the ones who did anything to them. SOME cops are racist, not all. But these activists are willing to take the lives of cops who haven’t even had a HISTORY of racism.
That’s just as bad as racist cops taking the lives of all black men just because one black male was a crook. Still, some of these men that the police shot down, the men people are rioting for, WERE hostile AND crooked. Who do you think called the police on these men? OTHER BLACK PEOPLE. The only affair that was clearly WRONG was Trayvon Martin. And he wasn’t shot by a policeman. He was shot by a neighbor trying to act like a cop. The government acted in Zimmerman’s favor and it was WRONG. The case was clearly an act of racial profiling and that was ignored.
These other cases dealt with real thugs, and I don’t support rioting for thugs OR murderers or any criminals.
I’m especially offended that this group has been planning on committing crimes during 9/11. Do you know how many black people died during 9/11? That’s disheartening and disrespectful to those victims. And Black Lives are supposed to matter to these people?
But Fuk Yo Flag and Black Lives Matter feel they are some sort of revolutionaries, so they have become ruthless. They no longer care who they harm anymore, even if it’s OTHER BLACK PEOPLE.
Fuk Yo Flag hates the American flag and America’s policies….And yet, these people are still living in the USA…Taking advantage of the freedom of speech amendment UNDER the flag…
What is their purpose? Is it to reform the USA? Or is it to destroy the USA? And if it’s to destroy the USA, what would they do after that? What are these people’s goals? To tell white people they can’t mess with us? Would it really get them to stop messing with us?
I think the above website may have been made by white people who are against the movement, but the videos are very real and made by black people.
Don’t do this. This is killing the movement for me and many others.
I hear black people telling me that “Bashing black people and saying their communities are crime-filled is feeding into white-man propaganda and is brainwash.” “Brainwashing” can’t happen when you PERSONALLY experience the crime. Or when the crime is done to you! I’ll bet the people saying this, again, don’t live in black communities!
I’ll tell you what better feeds white men: Black genocide. Black-on-black crime FEEDS racism. The more we kill each other, steal from each other, especially our men, the longer black people STAY the minority. When we loot our communities and then beg the white man to fix it, we’re doing white people a favor. They would rather us tear up our own communities. That’s less for the taxpayers to pay for. And that’s just one more way to make white people feel superior.
People say by not rioting we are “kissing the white man’s butt”. We kiss more butt when we tear up our neighborhoods and then beg the government to send money to fix our property.
Which do you think works more in the white man’s favor?
When the riots happened, it hit the news. But black-on-black crime is so common in black communities, it doesn’t hit national news AT ALL. It has been ignored for years. That’s why black-on-black crime continues to exist.
I don’t want to believe that my community is this way. But when a crime was committed against me, I just couldn’t ignore it. It’s time to stand up against senseless violence.
Peggy may be shady in some areas, but the context of what she’s saying is true. Black Lives don’t seem to Matter to black people in black communities, so why should we expect our lives to matter to white cops? Why should I stand with people who have committed a crime against me from EITHER side, black or white?
And I’m sorry, I’d rather fight for the life of the innocent than fight for the life of an unarmed CROOK who may have gotten the death penalty anyway. It’s wrong to shoot an unarmed person, but there are young children who are unarmed and more defenseless in these communities than any of the men that went down by the hands of policemen. The policemen weren’t right. But you know what wasn’t right about police? The fact that the POLICE ignored this CASE about the little black girl mentioned by Peggy and NEVER brought her killer to justice. The police didn’t even see that the life of this young girl was even important enough. That’s what’s more sad. Those other thugs probably did something to OTHER black people, which is why the police caught up to them in the first place. This young 9 year old girl was just doing her homework! So I guess this isn’t important enough for police; not as important as the lives of criminals…Where is the justice?
4) The coolest part about Black Lives Matter is that some of its leaders are gay women. Even though I don’t agree with everything they stand for, I respect them as black women.
But how do people feel and treat women and gay people in the black community? I’ll bet that if anyone knew that the original leaders of this movement were gay, they wouldn’t support them. I hear and see many black people shaming gay people online over and over, and then turning around and HASH-TAGGING #blacklivesmatter! And they don’t even realize that this movement was started by GAY people.
I’m sure the women had good intentions. But individuals are taking the movement and making it suit their own agendas. It no longer even seems to be about equality. Some of these people seem to hope to get some resources out of this, especially the rioters.
Peggy is clearly pro-police. She mentions she calls the police and that she put her step-son in jail. She also believes he deserves to be there.
There are many people in the black community that are AGAINST the police and feel that Peggy is wrong to put her son in jail and wrong to trust the police, including her own husband.
Because I know there are crooked people in every profession, I am honestly not going to go against every police officer in the world, just like I’m not going to go after every profession just because there are lousy workers working there. But I believe there NEEDS to be reform in the police force and in their policies.
In white communities, RACISM among white officers on the police force exists. In all-black communities, LAZINESS among black police officers exists.
I agree with Peggy in some ways and I don’t agree with Peggy in other ways. Let me explain.
In serious situations, the cops have always been there for me when I’ve called. When crime happens to me, who can I call? The only people that will come if someone is murdered in my house are the COPS. You really think my fellow black man, my neighbor, will run to my rescue to capture the bad guys that beat me up, robbed me, tried to shoot me? No average person has the forensics technology to catch a clever crook BUT the police. No average person has the training to deal with criminals BUT the police.
Still, there have been situations where my case wasn’t taken seriously by the cops. There have been times where the cops would do nothing for days. I literally had to stay on them. Peggy’s case with her son was probably taken seriously because she’s MARRIED to a cop. But if you have no cop in your family, the police don’t care what happens to you, not white cops or black cops, unless YOU care.
Peggy is right to try to make her son pay for the harm he’s done to people. Jail at this point is what’s best for him, for now, because it’s the only justice system we have. Some people feel she’s a bad parent for turning in her son. I’ll bet the people who think that are:
a) Thugs and criminals who don’t want to be caught
b) Parents of thugs and criminals who are benefiting from their child’s thuggish life.
c) Wouldn’t turn in their criminal son into “racist cops”, I suppose if you’re living in a white community—I say why not? That’s the best punishment if he committed a crime…
d) Black people who don’t live in black communities and never raised black children in black communities
e) Kids, because kids always feel discipline is wrong
f) Parents with young children who haven’t experienced the “teenage” years yet. Not their baby!
I understand why some people wouldn’t want to call the cops if their child is committing a crime. 1) It’s their child. Parents are protective and don’t want to feel the shame internally. 2) People have been persuaded by black power movements to act against police and not trust them.
And they are right not to trust all police officers. Again, some cops are racist and some don’t care about you.
But say, okay, let’s not use the police at all. What are we going to do about justice?
It is hard to know what Black Lives Matter and Fuk Yo Flag, the two movements against the police, REALLY want. These two movements are great at being anti-police and spreading the fact the policemen can’t be trusted, which is true in many cases. But they DON’T offer ANY solutions or ALTERNATIVES to this problem. What are we going to do when we can’t trust the police?
What do I mean?
Well, if cops are the bad guys and we can’t trust them now, there are only two different options:
- Reform police, right? Force government to change all policies on the police force, right? But is that really what Black Lives Matter and Fuk Yo Flag WANT? I’ll bet that even if the government DOES change the policies, these people still won’t trust police. They barely trust government! It’s not like the policemen will lose their jobs. And okay, let’s not just reform the policies, let’s fire the racist police officers, indict them, and/or kill off all of them until they all stop being racist and targeting black people. Okay…What are black people’s idea of being “targeted”? Is it that they shouldn’t be pulled over AT ALL if they’re speeding? Is it that they shouldn’t be handled at all if they are hostile? Is it that they shouldn’t be arrested if they commit a crime? Or is there some particular way a hostile person is handled? What do we propose we teach cops so that they can “handle” hostile black criminals? Do you think that no cops should arrest black people AT ALL and should leave black people alone? If so, are we saying that NO COPS should arrest ANY black people? Ever again? Doesn’t this conveniently seem to benefit criminals?…
- Okay, the other option. Let’s get rid of police altogether. GREEAAATTT. What then? What is Black Lives Matter and Fuk Yo Flag’s ALTERNATIVE to the police? Just let murderers and thieves run free? Because it’s unrealistic to assume black people WON’T commit crimes. Am I anti-black for assuming that? Okay, if you think I’m just throwing shade on the black race, tell you what. I have an idea. I propose, since black people don’t like cops and since black people really don’t trust reform of the police force, that all cops take a “Cop Holiday” (Just as FDR created a Bank holiday). For a whole WEEK, I propose that cops not ARREST one black person. Don’t answer one call from a black person. In fact, don’t even protect schools and businesses. Don’t circle the neighborhood, none of that, even if someone is suspicious. If a black person does something, act like it didn’t happen. Let’s test this out. All Cops: Don’t ARREST or HELP any black people. Wait, what? That’s racist? To allow cops to help white people but have cops IGNORE black people?
So let me get this straight…
Black people don’t trust cops and don’t want cops arresting black men. Okay. Black people won’t allow racist cops to kill them. Okay. If the government doesn’t reform police, we won’t…call police when a crime is committed against us or someone else? Okay. I guess that means when someone commits a crime against us, we’ll let them because the person is black…
Still, even if government does reform it, who’s to say we can trust government or the police force ever again? Okay.
Down with police! Kill them all! Okay. All killed. Now what? Oh, black people will be happy and people will learn that there is NO crime in the black community. Black-on-black is just an illusion anyway. So without cops, all problems are solved…Is that the position that Black Lives Matter and Fuk yo Flag stand on?
My question to the Black Lives Matter and Fuk Yo Flag movement is, have you people thought about ANY alternatives to these issues and holes? What do their supporters TRULY stand for? Only after the gaps are filled will I be able to fully support the movement. But if NO justice is going to be brought to the crimes that are committed against me, then my best bet is the police.
The only way the Black Lives Matter campaign can work efficiently is if there is an alternative to the justice system. Killing off police officers just means less police officers…less policemen to trust. But how do we stop crime when it really DOES exist? I don’t think those movements thought this far in advance…
People may say it’s up to the parents to take care of their criminal children and make sure their children don’t grow into crooks. I just wonder if these people understand something called “peer pressure” and “struggle” that makes people commit crimes. My readers know that I work at a school. Even teenagers with the best parents in the world, even teens who have never been through anything, commit crimes, especially young men.
All of the students that have tried to do things to ME, a black educator, have been young, privileged black men. They were persuaded by the struggling black children to jump along the bandwagon. A parent can’t stop their child from committing a crime when that child has made up in their mind that they want to do it. And if a parent tries to handle a murderer in their own home, what would that do? That’s not going to stop the murderer….
What do these parents with children propose is done when their child commits a crime that harms someone, possibly someone like the life of the child Peggy mentions?
You may say, “Oh, Peggy doesn’t care about her. She’s just trying to get attention.” Maybe she is. But what about the parent of that nine year old girl? How do you think they are feeling right now? If Peggy hadn’t spoken up, regardless of her reasons why, where would the justice be for that child? What is Black Lives Matter doing for her? Or Demario and Demacio, the twin boys who were victims of robbery and gun violence in Chicago? What are they doing FOR THEM?
I’ve heard people say black-on-black isn’t nearly as bad as the racist acts done against black people. In history, I agree. The history of racism is horrifying. But in modern days, in all-black communities, where white people are the minority, black-on-black crime is just as bad. It is OUTRIGHT crime.
Don’t get me wrong. I have experienced racism. When I was in high school back in the 2000s, I lived in a mixed community for one year, trying to escape black-on-black crime and violence in my all-black high school. I had a teacher who was racist. She made all the Hispanics/Latinos, East Asians, Middle Easterners, and African Americans sit at the front of the class to “watch them”. Though she claimed she gave everyone seating charts, she would let the white people sit wherever they wanted to. When teens of other ethnic groups tried to say good morning to her and make conversation, just to be polite, she would act like they didn’t say anything and wouldn’t respond. But she always made conversation with white kids.
She wrote up a bad report on one of the top ten students in the school, who was black, just because she “thought” she was talking. When the girl tried to tell her she wasn’t, she wrote her up for insubordination!
On the first day of school, the kids sat wherever they wanted to. But she would make the kids of other ethnic groups sitting in the back move to the front, even before she made a seating chart.
If any of the white kids forgot an assignment or couldn’t finish it, she would give them an extension or allow them to finish it during the class period. But if ONE student from a different ethnic group even forgot their assignment in their locker, she would give them an F.
It was so hard to prove she was racist, too. She knew how to cover her tracks well. And I’m not usually the first person to say someone is racist, but she was. Whenever the teens spoke out, she would just say we don’t like her because we’re “insubordinate” and don’t want to follow rules. The principals and administration were all white, so they couldn’t possibly see it.
The main case that exposed her was the half Mexican, half white student. For most of the school year, she thought he was white. She used to talk to him and allow him to finish his homework in class. She found out he was Mexican when he was a part of the Mexican Independence program we had at our school. From there, she began to treat him differently. That’s when he realized she was racist. Because he clearly had no bad record prior to the teacher finding out his ethnic background, he was able to expose her.
That experience made me furious at racists.
This is an example of how racism can hold African Americans, and other ethnic groups, back.
But when I went BACK to my school in the black community, I experienced bullying for being “different”. The students loved to fight. Guns were common. The black teachers were fed up. We didn’t have many white and Mexican students. Only one or two, and one Asian girl. They were all bullied. I was always afraid to walk home from school because gun violence was common.
Racism held me back, sure, but black-on-black crime physically harmed me. I could fight racism. But what could I do against my own people? The people who should’ve seen me as their “sister”? With racism, I had a problem with authority. With black-on-black, it was the common student that was out of control ALONG with the authority!
Likewise, in white communities, authority is more of the problem. But in black communities, it’s every other neighbor, including authority figures! Depending on the neighborhood you live depends on what you feel is “worse”.
Black People Are Violent
Many people say this remark is racist or “anti-black”. It’s the words of a coon, right? Anyone bringing down the black community, even if what they say is true, is cooning, right?
Let’s review this question truthfully. Are black people violent?
Certainly, we can’t use the examples of those who’ve hash-tagged “Fuk yo flag” because clearly that’s hostile wording. These people in this movement have threatened to kill police officers. Are they violent?
Maybe they have a good reason. But it’s not about the reason. Are they violent about it?
Certainly when observing rioting in Ferguson and other places, people would think black people are violent.
But you can just say that’s white media only FOCUSING on the negative. It’s true that the news media conveniently missed over the peaceful protesters. And which is more newsworthy? Which is more dangerous? A peaceful protest or a violent riot? Still, this could be the workings of “white media”.
So are black people really violent?
Well, my fellow black people, the answer lies within yourself.
I know I’m not a violent person. And not every black person is violent. But I don’t think Peggy was referring to the context of “all”.
Let’s look at modern African American CULTURE. Many African Americans aren’t violent, but do we glorify violent culture? Really, most Americans do.
African Americans may not be violent themselves, but let me ask you, my fellow black people, do you gloat about being from the streets? Do you gloat about the kind of weapons you own? Do you threaten to beat up people? Do you enjoy watching a good fight? When you disagree with someone, are you first to threaten them or the first to try to jump this person?
How many of you people, reading this article, are thinking, “I just want to beat this writer up because she’s such a coon, I don’t care what happens to them”?
Is “thug” culture glorified? From among the kids I teach, the teenagers often boast about running from cops, being chased by cops, being in jail, and beating somebody up over the weekends. Many of these teens are lying clearly, but still, they glorify it and boast about it. These “teens” are as young as 11 years old. WHY? Because having “street cred” is glorified in black communities. Being from a bad neighborhood, a neighborhood full of crime, and being among the black men “that won’t submit to any authority but their own father’s” is glorified. Breaking a law is considered a “good thing” in the minds of many black youths, even when that authority is black. Showing respect for anyone is called “kissing someone’s butt”.
Movies like Boys in the Hood, Friday, and even Straight Outta Compton show how black people live in the ‘hood. Do any of these movies show black people as violent? What do these movies show? You can say that they don’t reflect how ALL black people live, and you’re right because many live in mixed communities. But the movies reflect how SOME black people live. Where do you think the source material came from?
Many black youths, especially youths who live in mixed communities, glorify these movies. They see these movies and funny and entertaining and often hope to live this kind of life. A life that will give them “street cred”.
If there were no mayors, no teachers, no black authority AT ALL, would there be anything to glorify? Again, I propose a “holiday” where those in authority do nothing to help stop crime in black communities. THEN we’ll see whether black-on-black crime is an ILLUSION or a FACT.
Do people just like to commit crimes just because it’s wrong? Doing the “wrong” thing can be fun to some people. This is why young people get swept up in rioting and huge fights. So if we don’t have cops, would it indeed make those who get a rush from doing the “wrong” thing stop violent acts?
I feel that many people make black people out to be more aggressive and violent than all really are. But also some black people have taken on the stereotype as a compliment, admitting that “black people aren’t anything to mess with”. When you ask black people how they would solve many hostile problems or issues even within their homes, the answer is usually violent.
And based on stats, http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/htus8008.pdf , more black MEN commit crimes than any men in the nation. This could be a skewed survey, designed by white people, and collected by government so they can make black men out to be criminals. But who is doing the reporting to these policemen? In all-black communities, it’s BLACK people. That’s how these stats are recorded. Maybe some policemen are just going into the database and adding in a black man for crimes they didn’t personally commit, or adding in crimes that are really minor. But homicide is a strong crime, and more black men have been reported than BLACK WOMEN. Is it that black cops AREN’T putting in black women in the stats? Why aren’t they doing this racial profiling towards black women?
And what about in communities like mine, where all the cops are black? Did they just insert homicides in their stats, too?
If we, as black people, want to prove that these stats are designed by white cops to demean and undermine black people, we have to tackle the ACTUAL crime in our communities. Once we do that, there won’t be anything to report, not even from within the all-black communities. We can truly see if these stats are legit or over-exaggerated reports. As long as there are black people who feel like victims of crime, such as myself, there will be reports. But if Black Lives Matter can convince black people who are victims of crime why racism is more important, then they would truly be able to make the difference they want when combating racism and white supremacy in the USA.
A bit of of the armed robberies and drug issues in black communities do have something to do with poverty levels and the black struggle, which is the result of “white privilege”. Still, if we combat black-on-black crime, perhaps we can better tackle poverty and ultimately racism.
You know what I find really funny? I’ve noticed that when black people get some money, they move into majority-white-mixed neighborhoods. This is a common thing. Do you see Nicki Minaj living in her neighborhood in New York? What about Beyonce? I’ve heard some black people tell me “#BlackLivesMatter and we have to stop racists”. But then when I point out that some of these people are living in white communities, they start showing off how many degrees they have, and where they live, and how they deserve the finest. Well, why does living in a white neighborhood constitute as living the “finest” lifestyle? Why do black people move into mixed communities the moment they get a little money? If white people are capable of stealing just as much as black people, WHY MOVE?
These are questions to think about.
Instead of answering that question, I just want you readers to meditate on it.
White-Washed, Anti-Black, and Coon
I hear many black people calling Peggy white-washed, anti-black, and a coon.
I won’t disagree with her being anti-black. She seems to be fed up with her black community, especially because of the senseless violence.
White-washed means a person of a minority group has assimilated with westernized culture. It’s to make something whiter by PAINTING it over to seem more white. When using it on black people, it means that they have become more like “white people” in their thinking.
I disagree that she’s anymore white-washed than any other black people in America. The ironic part about everyone calling her “white-washed” is that they were talking to her in English, on a white-man’s invented iphone, on a white man’s invented internet, on white man’s social media, with white-man’s invented hashtags….We, as black people, have all assimilated into western culture, whether they want to admit it or not. We have all adopted white people’s ways of thinking one way or another. That gun many young black men glorify on facebook and twitter? Invented by a white man. The white man’s inventions have HELPED black people assimilate into western culture.
Black people have adopted Christianity into their culture from slavery. Black people have adopted trousers and dresses and blouses from WHITE culture. We have already assimilated.
We can’t do anything about that because we were born in the USA. Still, it’s important not to get ahead of ourselves and enlighten ourselves. It’s important to know just how deeply African Americans have been assimilated into USA culture.
Further, “white-washing” happens when you have been TAUGHT something about something else, though it may not be true. It is not personally experiencing something and speaking out about it. Being white-washed is being taught white ideologies and BELIEVING them and living by them.
She may be like that in her personal life.
But in this case, she was expressing what is REALLY going on in her community or communities she’s lived in. She was expressing the REAL violence she experiences or has been experienced, day after day! That’s not white-washed. People are using the term out of context.
Say, for instance, the mother of the young 9 year old victim decides to speak out against black-on-black crime. Is she being white-washed? Is it white-washing to stand against something that isn’t right, especially when her child was the victim? Is it white-washed to try to prevent her community from being destroyed by outlaws? Is it white-washed for her to care about the safety of other young children in the community at the hands of senseless violence?
If white-washing helps you SAVE black people’s lives, rather than kill them, would that really help spread white racist messages?
What do RACIST people really want for blacks? They want us to stay thugs and criminals. They think that we deserve police brutality because we destroy our communities. They don’t WANT us to fix our communities. They don’t want us to be the majority. More black people? No, that’s not what a racist wants. They want a genocide to happen. They want us to hash-tag sayings on white-made social media so they can say, “See, we’ve even invented things that black activists try to use”. They want to gloat their superiority over black people. That’s what racism means.
And racists don’t just use police to do it. They use OTHER black people. They provoke them. Racists create addictive drugs and sell it to black communities. Black people take the “product” and sell it for them, letting those white drug creators make BILLIONS. White people invented guns. Black people use them.
In more ways than one, black people have fallen into the traps.
I’ve heard people tell me that they’d rather riot and fall into the stereotypes than try to get the respect of white people by admitting there is black-on-black crime in black communities.
But you see, by rioting, you’re still kissing the butts of white people, only this time, you’re taking from black people, too. You’re doing exactly what white people expect of you. And not only that. But whose attention are you trying to get by rioting? Who do you want to pay attention to you? WHITE PEOPLE. The Government. The government that is run by mostly WHITE people, the same people you claim you can’t trust. Why would these people be trying to get the attention of white people, people who won’t care any more than they did before, and will in fact think less of black people?
Whose attention is #BlacklivesMatter and #FukYoFlag supposed to get? Clearly, not other black people because black people aren’t the supremacists here. They clearly want WHITE people to look at them. The ones rioting and hash-tagging clearly want to gain the RESPECT and NOTICE of white people much more than those who want to clean up their own communities.
People who want to clean up their own communities don’t care what white people think about them. They’re not even concerned with white people. They’re not begging for the white man to respect them. They are independently trying to fix their OWN issues without the white man’s government and the white man’s help.
The “rioters” are clearly trying to gain the attention of white people and white media. They want to stop white police from killing black people. But at the same time, don’t want anymore policemen, either…But they are trying to get white attention to do it. They aren’t focusing on building black strengths in the community so that WE can RISE to power and change the legal system. So that WE can become the majority in this nation and take back power from European influence. No, they are destroying and rioting and killing off their own neighborhoods, and then asking for the white man to clean it up for them.
They want white racists to change their minds? Racists NEVER will change their minds if you keep rioting in your communities and threatening them. It’s just going to make them target you more. Can you see feminists and the LGBT community changing the minds of people with a hostile attitude? No. You can do all the killing and rioting and all it will do is take away from YOUR black people, but it won’t phase racists.
We need to build who we are, mark our identity, and destroy the system in a deeper, more subtle, and most efficient way. Rioting solves and does nothing for black people. Killing cops won’t do anything but start a race war, where lives from both blacks and whites will be taken. Do we want another Civil War? Both sides lost people they could never get back during that war. It’s not worth it. Let’s not repeat history like idiots. That war helped free the slaves, but left a bitter South.
We should do things differently. We should unite to clean up our own communities’ problems first. THEN we should unite to fight RACISM. Once all black people get on the same page, we WILL have a large army. But as long as there are ANY black people killing, there will be black people calling the police. Somehow, we need to find a way to better trust some policemen or we need to find a better alternative. We need to support non-violence. We need to build our communities and our schools. We, as people, need to get more involved with our black authority figures so we can REALLY see what’s happening with our black leaders.
The last thing I want to talk about is that word ‘Coon’ some black people are using to describe her. To me, ‘Coon’ is like using the word ‘nigga’, if not worse.
It just goes to show you how badly black people have assimilated into a white-washed society. They are now freely using “slave” terms, without any remorse, to a black person who wants to speak out and make a difference. A RACIST person doesn’t want to see ANY black people speak out. They feel black people are too inferior to have opinions. And yet, black people are going to use this RACIST SLUR to try to repress a BLACK woman from speaking out? I don’t care if she IS married to a white man. That term is a WHITE MAN’s WORD. A word they designed to describe dark-skinned individuals. I feel that ANY black person that has the courage to speak out about something THEY feel is important is ANYONE but a coon. To me, anyone USING this racial slur should never even CONSIDER themselves pro-black. They are doing NOTHING but spreading a term designed by a WHITE RACIST man. If you are guilty of USING this word, just stop thinking you are ever doing ANYTHING for black people.
These are just my opinions on the ‘Peggy Hubbard’ rant.
What are yours? Leave me a comment in the comments’ section and let me know!