#MitchBetterHaveMyMoney

Senate House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

I thought the trending hashtag #MitchBetterHaveMyMoney was really cool. So I decided to write about it as a pretty badass, and black AF response to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s opposition to reparations.

But his opposition is not surprising.

In fact, white opposition to African American advancement is to be expected. It’s day one, an unwritten rule established during the founding of this nation for the preservation of its white supremacist culture.

Apparently, Mitch McConnell is a descendant of slave owners, who likens himself to former President Barack Obama as both a fellow descendant of slave owners and opponent of reparations.

So what exactly am I Mitchin’ about since the ancestors of the first African American POTUS owned slaves?

Because I suspect that Mitch McConnell said out loud what most white Americans think. That the descendants of African slaves do not deserve reparations “for something that happened 150 years ago”. And that there is no one “currently living” who can be held accountable for slavery.

And for that the Senate Majority Leader needs to be Mitch-slapped.

I mean, he did admit that slavery was America’s “original sin” and something about the Civil War, Barack Obama becoming president, blah…blah…blah…insomnia cured.

But it’s one thing to oppose reparations in the form of a huge cash, one-time payment, cutting checks on an individual basis of what could very well be perceived as hush money. And in 2004 Barack Obama noted that paying reparations “would be an excuse for some to say we’ve paid our debt”, thus ending the quest for racial equality and disregarding other urgent matters concerning African Americans.

And it’s quite another for an old white man to attempt to shut down the very conversation this country needs to be having over a crucial issue that will greatly impact the future of race relations in America.

But it’s what white men do in this country, especially when it comes to improving the lives of its most oppressed citizenry. They try to control the narrative by whining that slavery happened so long ago. That it’s impossible to know who should receive reparations.

Or that slavery was a global enterprise, as if to justify legalizing the dehumanization and forced bondage of an entire race of people in the hopes that us uppity niggers will STFU!

Now I realize that several states have apologized to African Americans in recent years for participating in chattel slavery. But it’s just lip service, an apology that rings hollow. Because simply saying “sorry” disregards the fact that free slave labor is responsible for most of the generational wealth first accumulated by slave owners in America.

Generational wealth provided the heirs of slave owners with greater opportunities to pursue the American Dream and to keep that dream as white and unseasoned as possible.

Wealth, by the way, that was not created by pulling up bootstraps and generated through hard work. Because most of the wealth in this country is inherited.

And even after the Civil War some slave owners were given reparations–compensation for the slaves that were emancipated.

But as award winning author, Ta-Nehisi Coates correctly observed during his inspirational testimony before the House Judiciary Subcommittee in support of reparations that it “is impossible to imagine America without the inheritance of slavery”.

Meaning, as the descendants and heirs of the servant class who labored without pay for centuries we are also entitled to the generational wealth and opportunities that have been denied us for so long.

I’m not saying reparations has to necessarily come in the form of monetary compensation. Though, forgiving my student loan debt would be a good start.

Just sayin’.

But what form reparations should take definitely needs to be taken seriously.

As for Mitch McConnell. He needs to sit his Mitch-ass down somewhere and heed the immortal words of Lord M’Baku of the Jabari tribe after he shut down the colonizer Everett Ross, “You cannot talk!”

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Some “Free” Thoughts On Kanye West

Jean is a fellow blogger here on Word Press whose writing I greatly admire. She writes with such passion, clarity, and purpose from the unique perspective of a Melanin Advocate on issues that affect Black women and also provides valuable insight as a wife and mother on other matters, as well. Reading her blog is a no-brainer and I highly recommend that you do so.

And, recently, Jean and I engaged in a brief exchange concerning her blog post on Kanye West (speaking of no-brainers). She interpreted Ye’s viral, insensitive remarks about American slavery sounding like a “choice”, as him actually telling Black folks to liberate ourselves from the slave mentality. She also doesn’t understand the outrage–the Black-lash from so many in the Black community who were rightfully hurt by his careless words. Especially, since brother Ye may be suffering from mental illness.

Okay, to be fair, I’ve met far too many bloggers on Word Press who admit to suffering from various forms of mental illness but still find ways to function at high levels in their everyday lives. Even when they’ve missed taking their meds they don’t use it as an excuse for bad behavior. Plus, they are more than capable of thinking before they speak. So, I’m sorry, but having a mental illness doesn’t give Kanye a free pass to say whatever the hell he wants without expecting any type of clap-back. He’s written a check with his mouth that his ass can’t cash!

You see, I’m of the opinion that Kanye’s genius does NOT extend beyond his music and his idea of “free thought” is actually freedom from thought, nothing of substance, thinly veiled narcissism. His wealth and fame afford him the opportunity to make an uninformed, dumbass declaration–an ill-advised comment made to seem credible by the powerful platform he speaks from but is completely unsupported by the very real history of slavery in this country. And it’s an extremely dangerous statement to make in a White Supremacist culture that still doesn’t believe our humanity is worthy of equitable treatment.

Nonetheless, I have some free thoughts of my own concerning Yeezy Kardashian 2.0. Because I’m not convinced that Taylor Swift’s Liquid Paper cover of Earth, Wind, and Fire’s timeless R&B classic, September, was solely her idea. (And, no, I’m still not over it!) I believe it was a collaborative effort between her and Ye who decided to edit out his tambourine solo at the last second, not wanting to steal Swift’s acoustic banjo thunder.

Swift in return, was the ghostwriter for the lyrics to Ye’s highly anticipated single Lift Yourself, which is packaged as a song about Black uplift but is, in fact, a song calling for responsible dog ownership by instructing owners to make sure they pick up their dog’s poop in public places:

 

What’s that? You don’t believe me?

I don’t blame you. My words hardly carry any weight. Helloooo…I’m a Word Press blogger with 131 followers who’ve somehow, thankfully, have taken pity on me. I also aspire to be the King of Wakanda in the hopes of using vibranium technology to produce self-cleaning underwear (with super absorbent strength and nano dispensers that release many very attractive scents such as Pine Forest Fresh, the always popular Potpourri, or Honey Mustard…hey, I was hungry) to end restroom breaks and increase productivity in the workplace. Of course, everybody will also be able to take advantage of this Wakandan nanotech in a global effort to literally go green, and brown, and yellow or whatever the case may be.

But I digress.

And I understand that Jean doesn’t like to see divisiveness within the Black diaspora. Neither do I but for Kanye West to ally himself with the one man, Donald Trump, who represents everything that is wrong with America today–an America that continues its uninterrupted body count of killing unarmed Blacks with impunity–only shows his eagerness to part ways with the very people who share a lot of responsibility for his success.

Which is painful to watch, especially after Ye once blurted out on National TV in 2005 that president “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people“, a sentiment shared by many African Americans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation. Or his 2009 Taylor Swift moment at MTV’s Video Music Awards–a moment that should have actually occurred nine years later outside the studio where Swift decided to record her powdered milk version of EWF’s September, which I’m not letting go of any time soon.

But those are just my thoughts on Kanye West–a Black man who, I’m guessing, will soon find out just how much his “free” thinking will cost him.