Tuesday, July 8, 2014

FacebooKKK & Instagram: Kermit, Daquan & the Politics of Black Self Hate

When attempting to discourse at the highest level it is imperative that one realizes he or she may subjected to great scrutiny and even greater hate, oftentimes by people less qualified and educated, or simply by broke ass nig*as and ugly hoes. That being said, I will say from the start that I do realize the irony of writing a blog on black self hate and still freely using the N-word like I have a new mixtape coming out. To that I say This:

A.) My own usage does not have some faux-intelligent rationale about taking back a hurtful word and reversing the tables on racism by using it for empowerment,
b.) I use it because it now has a life of its own and has become an entirely different word than the hurtful slur and misnomer derived by ancient white people not being able to pronounce the country of Niger whilst enslaving our people and
C.) Because nig*a…, it is what it is.

Tako: Oh, this ni**a is back on his shit.

I’m not sure why, but every time I look on Facebook or Instagram, commonly referred to as IG, I always see a trend which catches on, usually started by the black culture and oftentimes demeaning it whether knowingly or unknowingly. I’ve been told that sometimes you have to laugh to avoid crying….this is true.
 It is also true that a lot of these trendy Instaposts, memes and screen-shotted fake quotes are funny…but at who’s expense? I laugh at a lot of the clever satirical jokes and not so subtle portrayals of the nuances of black culture, but I laugh because I’m mature enough to understand them in the context of today. Everybody is a little bit culturally insensitive (I don’t want to say racist because some dont intend to be hurtful) and the only joke is people pretending complete racial tolerance now exists. The memes expose this sort of pseudo intolerance, and quite frankly, I’d rather have it in the open. Why then, is this a problem?

Blacks disrespecting black culture is a problem mainly because….well….nig*as are so damn extra! They always take it too far! I understand the whole “If I laugh at my culture maybe the dominant culture in opposition will accept me as their own” idea. Think its not true? To that I say, merely look at the whole “light skin vs dark skinned” memes that our own people disseminate. Shameful. So shameful I wont even repost them. A good way to try and fit in, but ultimately flawed, as you are making yourself the butt of a joke told behind closed doors you still cant enter. I cant just blame my contemporary n*ggas and n*gettes, this is rooted in the paper bag tests of the jim crow era, migrated to “your mama so black” jokes and unlike the N-word, it hasn’t evolved past an ugly practice of self hate on a segment of our population to make ourselves feel closer to the dominant culture. Again….Ni**as always take it too far.  Look at Kermit the frog.

 Kermit is clearly black. Hes got a thick white girl chasing after him (Miss Piggy), He's always says “It aint easy bein green” aka “it aint easy being black.”

In the end, the whole “It aint none of my business” Kermit memes, derive from the In Living color skits where Kim wayans used to say “But I aint one to gossip so you aint heard it from me”/ “that aint non of my business...” And guess what? They're damn funny.

The Kermit memes are also subtle. They use “urban” phrases, reference hip hop songs and make references to a lot of things synonymous with black culture….but they are funny and tasteful. Plus, Kermit is green….racially ambiguous to most. 

Now enter the politics….ahem….”the racial politics” of Daquan, aka ni**as taking sh*t too far. What, or who is Daquan other than a not so fictional name, might you ask? (Sidenote I know an actual Raekwon & Ja’kwon so the name isn’t that far fetched.) Daquan is a made up African American character who dates a teen aged suburban white girl and whose habits rub off on her, only to the displeasure of her strict traditional parents.  These memes are funny….and rooted in truth……actually, in all honesty, they are quite lighthearted and whimsical. Take a look and laugh without fear of being judged…. We’re the last mutherfuc*as to judge.

The problem is not the memes but the fact that we as black people need to stop making ourselves the butt of global and far reaching jokes if we want to be taken seriously. Sure this is funny as an aside with your friends who truly understand black culture, but when viewed in mass it’s kind of like a minstrel show. We are puppeteers of the cooning Daquan puppet. Other than violent acts, overly righteous pseudo political protests, Don King and Jesse Jackson, Blacks are on live TV (not sitcoms) most often for dumb shit… Standing in line during a hurricane for a Jordan release…being toothless and saying “aint nobody got time for that”…having the biggest gold chain put in the Guinness book of world records or getting a giant ice cream cone face tattoo.

  Daquan is just a social media representation of all these things, and the worst part is, we barely stop to realize. Name one other race, group or culture who constantly tells jokes about its own members? The Jews? Nope. Muslims? Negative. Shit, do Mcdonalds employees sit around joking about other fast food employees? Do fat people  gang up on and joke on other fat people? Hell naw. There’s something to be said about that.

Let’s stop being the class clowns and allowing the fitted cap to identify the modern day dunce. Sure the Daquan jokes are funny and allow us to revel in the joys of a fictional interracial playboy, but lets just laugh quietly….and like the N-word….lets keep it to ourselves.

Live, Love, LOL.



lucy said...

Sharp as ever! thank you for keeping up with this blog... as much hateful garbage there is online, it's great to read a funny and well written article on Black culture.
Lucy P.

Unknown said...

I love this article! Keep up the great work!