MoGregoryIII is a longtime friend, world-traveller, co-conspirator, and incendiary cultural critic. He yanks the warm blanket of ignorance off of the mewing conformists that compose a great deal of our society. In an effort to bring enlightenment to the masses, he shared this piece with us.
A black intellectually is an endowed and unique individual in this modern day and society, who is often misunderstood. To understand what a black intellectual is I must first give a well-known example. An excellent example is our current commander in chief, Barack Hussein Obama. By addressing the attacks on his character, we can truly see the views of main stream America.
One of the first character attacks on any black intellectual is the idea that they are “uppity.” While this may sound like a baseless, or small affront on someone’s character, the devil is in the history of the word. So what does uppity truly mean? A quick Google inquiry can illustrate this point. Uppity was previously a term used by whites to refer to blacks that appeared to be too intellectual and not know their place. I ask the reader to truly think about the connotation of being too intellectual. Should there be any penalty on an individual in an enlightened society on the intelligence of any human being? The second and perhaps most important part of this statement is the idea that one has a place in society. Should anyone truly have a defined role, in a truly open society? If so who has the power over an individual to decide their role in a society? When this term is used and it has been used often. It gives us a glimpse into the nature of the person who employs it. Words have weight, and when we casually use words, especially diction that is so racially charged, we must be cognizant of their perceived origin.
Another common term used by people who are black, white and everything in between is the idea of being called an Oreo or some other effigy. For those who do not know, an Oreo is a black person who is perceived to be white on the inside. This term can be used to describe a black persons’ diction, mannerisms, or any other host of attributes. Many may see this as an innocent term, but let us switch gears for a minute. In my travels, I have met many white people who have a variety of speech styles or even use different languages entirely. Yet, I have never thought “Hmm, this white guy speaks like a southerner, but the last white guy I met had perfect syntax so I guess he’s not really “white”. Sound preposterous? Yup, because it is! However, for African Americans and other minorities this term is seen as acceptable and rational view on the differences between those in the racial group. If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me what country I was from, where I grew up etc… I wouldn’t need to work for the rest of my life. However, it is still a thinly veiled query to a simple question. “You look black, but you aren’t like what I think I know about black people, therefore you must be an outlier?” A person of even casual intelligence should instead think, “Hmm, maybe some of my previous prejudices are wrong.” Sadly, that’s not how most people’s brains work. With this same sort of logic, it’s easy to see how it is so very easy to arrive at some very ridiculous conclusions with relative ease. Why is it reasonable to assume that the person standing before you that looks black must not truly be black? They in fact must be some strange, black mutants who only appear black, they are instead some sort of impostor. It’s the same reason that Tom Sawyer called Nigger Jim, “white” on the inside. If you don’t get the reference, try reading a book. Right now you’re thinking, “That was in the 1800’s, there were slaves and people were confused!” ad nauseum.
The year is 2013…
Try to catch up…
The one really smart, kinna uppity black guy.
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