Happy Friday people. How goes everything? I hope that this holiday season finds you well and in the highest of spirits. I know all too well the dangers of being depressed during the holiday season and they even have a name for it now --- Seasonal Affective Disorder or S.A.D, for short. Coinkidink? I think not, but I digress.
I write today as a means of vetting out the answers to some of my life's most pressing questions. For example, my first question is What can black people do as a collective to make themselves better? I know plenty of answers to that question and I'm trying to save them for discussion next year as I hop to actually redesign the blog, since I actually have a readership now! Thanks ya'll! Anyhoo, my next question is, Aside from racism what is the biggest problem facing our community? Sadly (and not S.A.D.ly) it has to be complete and utter ignorance, coupled with "conscientious stupidity". I went to YouTube for this gem of a video called NIGGA day. GASP!!! Yes, even after I thought the NIGGA was dead, turns out this NIGGA has pulled a Jesus on us and rose from the dead to be celebrated in Barnseville, GA. This video is not safe for work.
Yes, it seems that this NIGGA is still partying and getting his groove on and the masses (particularly the white ones) are LOVING it! I mean really, I don't know what Dr. Mike's purpose is for creating his videos (he is the YouTube videographer), but I thank him for making me aware. Get into the fact that the name of the day could actually be the BLACK HERITAGE FESTIVAL or the Black Arts Festival [although no arts or artists seem to be present and not to be confused with the NATIONAL BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL in Atlanta] or the Emancipation Day (like Juneteenth in Texas), but everyone has chosen to adopt the moniker "NIGGA DAY". Has a nice ring to it, ya think?
Now there are some problems with the good doctor's approach because he didn't ask any WHITE people, or Hispanic people, or Asian people, etc. what day was being celebrated(I need to know). Maybe he did that with good reason and I am hoping he'll respond to my email so that I may ask him. However, whether or not any of the other races would call the festival NIGGA DAY is probably irrelevant. It would simply demonstrate that the word is so casually used by blacks, that NO ONE sees a problem with it. This video was high coonin' at best and a painful lesson in self-hatred at worst.
Having said that, I think it's time that we opt out of what the conventional definition of blackness means(no I don't know, it's one of those intangible things that everyone knows, but can't adequately describe... like umami). It's time for us to shape our identities for ourselves and to really unmask the crap that we've put up with, created, and caused over the last few decades. This goes way beyond WEB DuBois' duplicity of consciousness philosophy. When I have some answers for how we can do this, I'll start posting my OTHER questions.