Screw saving the ghetto

As many of you ‘bags know, I like to stop by Barnes & Noble in the afternoon to flip through several magazines and drink a $5 caramel frap, which is like Cristal for smart people. (If only I could actually afford either!)

When I was going in the other day (nullus), I noticed there was a sign in the window for the new Vanity Fair Africa issue, with Jay-Z and various other celebrities on the cover. I was gonna pick up a copy and check it out, but then I remembered that I could give a rat’s ass about what’s going on in Africa.

One of the things that ‘Save Africa’ types such as Bono and the rest of them like to point out is that US foreign policy is hypocritical, in the sense that they spend all of this money trying to make places like Iraq safe for “democracy,” while the real humanitarian disaster is going on over in Africa. But the thing is, aside from the occasional magazine article or benefit concert, hardly anything that goes on over in Africa has any bearing on my life in the least bit.

There’s an obvious parallel to be drawn to what goes on in the ghettos over here in the US. From what I understand, 2007 is shaping up to be one of the more fucked up summers in a while in such notorious shitholes as Philadelphia, Baltimore, and New Orleans. St. Louis, where I live, is often included in such lists, but I wouldn’t know one way or the other, because the place where I live is pretty much crime free.

Indeed, I think the idea that often gets lost when talking about how fucked up things are here in the US is that it’s only really that fucked up in certain places. We may lead the rest of the industrialized world in gun deaths by some ridonkulously wide margin, but there’s plenty of places in this country where there’s never even been a gun murder, at least since the days when this country was overrun with bloodthirsty savages.

And of course the real irony is that you don’t have to be particularly wealthy by any means to live in a safe area. Without getting too deep into my own financial situation, lest anyone be reduced to tears, suffice it to say that the place where I live is hardly the nicest neighborhood in St. Louis. If anything, the key is probably to avoid living in areas where a significant amount of the population’s job, as it were, involves collecting a government check.

Call me a racist if you want, but I’ll still sleep well at night knowing my car isn’t being fucked with. Not that anyone would want to fuck with an old-ass minivan anyway, but I think certain recent events (don’t play dumb) have proved that sometimes it’s probably best to just steer yourself clear of harm’s way and not pretend as if you give a shit one way or the other.

  • http://jarredr_904yahoo.com J-Reese

    Man You have some good point then you just go off on some dumb shit dude who cares about you beat up mini van or where you stay? I know i dont give a fuck if you whould have just stuck to how America wants to save the world and not itslef first i would have said this was a good blog but…
    KILL-YO-SELF!!!!!

  • FuckUPayMe618

    Being from tha east side of the bridge i know poverty 1st hand. I cant wait to graduate(from UMSL) so that i can get that paper and bounce. I eventually wanna come back and help the youth. I swear to god that you cant park your car anywhere in north st.louis. I just moved downtown st.louis in a loft and somebody tried to break into my whip the 1st fucking night. I

  • these posts are racists

    These posts are ignorant. Do you know how difficult it is for someone living below the poverty line to move to a nicer community? Most poor people can barely afford their current rent, they live less than check to check and always end up not paying one bill over the other…lights one month, water the next. How does one living in such conditions afford to pay for the deposit, application fee, etc. required of most apartment rentals in better neighborhoods? How does one afford to take a day off and look for another job in a nicer area? Most don’t even own cars to find better places to live? How do they pay for anything needed to move when they can barely pay for their current living spots?

    Wow, BOL, you really hit the ignorance button with this one.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    Crime exist where ever there is poverty. It does not matter the race.

    These people are collecting welfare checks because the government is facilitating stagnation. Don’t you think the government would put a end to anything that uplifts the poor and misfortunate.

    What was your purpose here. Do you take joy in turning your nose up at people whoo weren’t given many options and were delt a bad hand. What about the children who are born into poverty and “ghettos”? Are you turning your nose up at them. These kids need bettwe schooling, parks to play at, and people who give a damn. This is self-hatred/destruction at its best.

    Yet people wonder why we are where we are.

  • i’ll shit bag u

    bol u sorry fat fuckin jigabu

  • kza

    i,m from “Africa”, that continent some of you Americans seem to think its a country.For your information Africa is a continent.You don’t understand the “African” situation.i am glad to see that the slave traders indocrination worked on your bloodline Bol.Don’t talk about things you don’t understand.i guess ignorance is bliss.you didnt choose to be born in America so dont think your clever.You could have been born in Africa but i am gald you werent.That type of mentality is not needed here.You have a crab mentality.

  • these posts are racist

    “$5 caramel frap, which is like Cristal for smart people”

    Wrong…frapachinnos are like food for unhealty people.

  • The Don

    you know what alot of black people dont say it but man the ghetto sucks its nothing like what its glamourized to be its no fun I love the burbs dammit

  • these posts are racist

    my initial post did not post…

    Basically, what I said was, these posts are ignorant. Most people who live below the poverty line can barely afford to pay thier rent and could not afford the deposit required to obtain another apartment in a better neighborhood. Most have to forgoe, for example, paying the light bill to pay for the water bill. it is econmically not feasible to just pick up and move. Your assertion to the contrary is not sounded in reality.

  • b-ease

    kza Says:

    June 21st, 2007 at 2:51 pm
    i,m from “Africa”, that continent some of you Americans seem to think its a country.For your information Africa is a continent.You don’t understand the “African” situation.i am glad to see that the slave traders indocrination worked on your bloodline Bol.Don’t talk about things you don’t understand.i guess ignorance is bliss.you didnt choose to be born in America so dont think your clever.You could have been born in Africa but i am gald you werent.That type of mentality is not needed here.You have a crab mentality.
    ^^^^^^^^^

    Funny you said that, the “crab” mentality you speak of is exactly why we’re here. The true crabs were the Africans that sold their own into slavery for either jewelry or because they had already been brainwashed by Christianity.

    I do disagree with bol on some points. I DO give a shit about Afirca. “You cant love a tree without loving its roots” (Malcolm)That is our country of origin. But refusing to look at other important causes for our stagnation besides “whitey” is lazy and will not help the CAUSE.

  • HORRAYY BEER

    thats the smartest thing ive ever read… fuck the ghetto, eventually all the smart ones will find a way out and the dumb ones will kill eachother

  • b-ease

    ^^^^^^^The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE Says:

    June 21st, 2007 at 2:47 pm
    Crime exist where ever there is poverty. It does not matter the race.

    These people are collecting welfare checks because the government is facilitating stagnation. Don’t you think the government would put a end to anything that uplifts the poor and misfortunate.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    By implying that our people are powerless against the governments machinations, you foster the idea of white superiority.

    I teach in a low income area in DC. The facilities are poor but if the kids were given any encourgagement at HOME, it really wouldnt matter how shitty the books were, they would be ready to learn. My mother grew up in the 1950′s (when there was REAL racism) in rural Maryland (where there was a real Klan). Needless to say her school didnt have shit. The difference was the kid’s desire to learn. Nowadays kids dont give a shit. And its not the white mans fault.

  • b-ease

    Basically, what I said was, these posts are ignorant. Most people who live below the poverty line can barely afford to pay thier rent and could not afford the deposit required to obtain another apartment in a better neighborhood. Most have to forgoe, for example, paying the light bill to pay for the water bill. it is econmically not feasible to just pick up and move. Your assertion to the contrary is not sounded in reality.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    True.

  • john cochran

    Im from one of the forementioned cities( Realadephia all day)and its pretty bad. Im from the hood but dont live down there no more. I only ride back through to fuck the ocassional hood rat, buy bootleg porn and mixtapes, and see my grandparents once in a while. I know why white people dont care now. Simply cause its not them. Now thats its not my car being broken into, my windows being shot out, and its not my head being cracked I dont care no more. I know I should but I dont. I have a job, Im in college, and I make beats so I have no time for the hood bullshit anymore. See people in the ghetto got too much time on thier hands to do bullshit, like clap eachother. Maybe if the goons kill Bono’s kid maybe he’ll save his flight money and come down to 22nd and lehigh and help some dirty black kids.

  • M.Garvey

    Poverty isnt a badge of honor, just a series of unfortunate circumstances. But poor people have found a way to glamorize it, kind of tricking themself they are more financial secure than they really are.

  • yaboy

    bol you are obese. that makes me laugh.

    hotchickswithdouchebags.com

    ^ funny as well

  • ONE50

    I thought bol was supposed to be Mr. Softee and the commentors were the hardbody thugs. Ironic-lee bol went hard about those self inflicted situations in the hood and the commmentors got all sissified.

    I’m from the rotten parts of Baltimore. All I have to say is that a rotten tooth smile is nobody else’s fault but the jackass who never brushed his teef.

    These people think they can trach and destroy everything around them and stll be the rose that grew from concrete.

    Like Nas said, “weak mind, keep trying, following street signs”.

    These dummies don’t realize that if 99.5 percent of the hood is trash and detroying every thing that there is never going to be any room to grow anything except for a fungus.

  • Bibs

    When it was all said and done, the sole purpose for giving “minorities” better paying jobs was to create self-reliant people, who divested, maintained and supplied info….i guess that didn’t pan out to well huh.

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    @N-Bred: I’ll take joy where I can get it, thank you very much.

    @KZA: If you like Africa so much, why don’t you take it home and marry it.

    @TPAR: Obviously this post is not about people who lack the means to not live in a war zone.

  • Real talk

    He could have put it differently but I get what Bol is saying, and to whoever says crime is rampant wherever there is poverty has not spent very much time outside of the city. Dude the majority of this country outside of urban areas is filled with poor white people. I’ve spent time in a lot of these areas growin up unfortunatly (my father liked to camp/fish etc in country ass places) trust me, broke ass crackas may steal ocassionaly, but they absolutely do not go around shooting each other over stupid is, and for the most part don’t spend the little loot they have on ish like Jordans / rims.

    Don’t get me wrong they can be dumb and racist but in all the time i spent in downstate il, kentucky, indiana I’ve never seen/heard of anything worse that a shirtless fight or car theft as the result of a beef. Why we’re so quick to kill each other here in the city I’ll never understand.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com EReal

    The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE Says:

    June 21st, 2007 at 2:47 pm
    Crime exist where ever there is poverty. It does not matter the race.
    ^^
    Never thought Id see the day when N-Cred said Race dosent matter. Damn..

    Ive always wondered myself why we dont have a more local focus as far as “helping” people. For the most part you can try to stay in a “safe” area. Crime happens tho. Theres this neighboor hood here in florida called Metro West. Its an uppidy middle to higher middle class area out by VCC. Well it also overlaps some not so nice areas. Whats happenin is the criminals are just rollin into the nice neighboorhood to do car jackings hom invasions n shit. No where is “safe” some places are calmer than others, of course, but crime happens. Just stay strapped. Concealed weapons permit homie. Forreal tho.

    1 hunned.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    b-ease Says:

    June 21st, 2007 at 3:16 pm
    ^^^^^^^The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE Says:

    June 21st, 2007 at 2:47 pm
    Crime exist where ever there is poverty. It does not matter the race.

    These people are collecting welfare checks because the government is facilitating stagnation. Don’t you think the government would put a end to anything that uplifts the poor and misfortunate.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    By implying that our people are powerless against the governments machinations, you foster the idea of white superiority.

    I teach in a low income area in DC. The facilities are poor but if the kids were given any encourgagement at HOME, it really wouldnt matter how shitty the books were, they would be ready to learn. My mother grew up in the 1950’s (when there was REAL racism) in rural Maryland (where there was a real Klan). Needless to say her school didnt have shit. The difference was the kid’s desire to learn. Nowadays kids dont give a shit. And its not the white mans fault.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I like the way you conviently left out the last part of my post…did you not read it where I said the youth need people around them who give a damn…Im not “implying” anything but you are putting words in my mouth…I never said anything about our people being powerless w/ respect to the government…how do i foster white superiority when I believe that we will never advance until we seperate ourselves from a system that opposes us…let me get this right…so you say “real racism” ceased to exist in the1950s……………….wow…………………so fake racism is what we deal with now, right….and what I mean by better schooling is better information and better teachers (cough)…we must seperate ourselves from what opposes us and our ver existance…

    now-a-days kids dont give a shit because the parents dont give a shit, society doesn’t give a shit, our elders dont give a shit…so why should they…it saddens me when I hear people say the oppressors have nothing to do with the oppressed situation…they tricked you if you buy this…ofcourse they are saying stop blaming us we not doing it anymore…do you not realize the residual turmoils of slavery…we as a nation of people (blacks in the US) were set back centuries…our identity was taken from us…our legacy erased…we don’t know who we are…its called an identity crisis…why do you think half of what goes on in the music industry goes on…

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    b-ease Says:
    By implying that our people are powerless against the governments machinations, you foster the idea of white superiority.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    we are powerless at this point because we do not know how to work together…look at the asians and what they have done since being here…they work together to achieve goals…what do we do…we constantly tear each other down…divide and conquer…I have mad respect for their will and togetherness…

  • ONE50

    Yeah and lets not forget we are talking about a place (da hood) where you can catch men and women walking around wearing $1000 outfits (or replicas), iced out (or fugazi), and copping big boy toys (or rented).

    Like bol said there are affordable units in pretty decent neighboorhoods. The problem though, is that people would rather look fly on a Friday night rather than to live comfortable.

  • these posts are racist

    “@TPAR: Obviously this post is not about people who lack the means to not live in a war zone.”

    This post is about those who live in a “ghetto”. Most people who live in housing projects/ghettos cannot, on a very practical level, simply move as you recommend they do.

  • these posts are racist

    “@KZA: If you like Africa so much, why don’t you take it home and marry it.”

    Well, BOL, Africa has already been raped by coloniel powers and by this unholy intercourse was born, human tragedy on so many levels that you couldn’t even begin to describe in your blog.

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    interesting topic bol. half of my youth was spent in a relatively safe, multi-ethnic, working-class neighborhood, where yes, there were burglaries, rapes, knifings, and even shootings. however, there were very rare. the latter half of my adolescence was spent on or off of air force bases in extremely safe and government protected homes, where the worst thing that ever happened to me was getting busted with a bunch of weed from amsterdam. the thing is, i have seen two sides and there are many many more ,and i want to help; not in a great white hope sort of way, but in a way where i can be active enough in impoverished communities to hopefully inspire the kids to become well-educated and get themselves out of the hood. as most would attest, there is nothing cool about the hood, but because rap discusses it so often (a la the cnn of the streets) and therefore middle and upper class kids all over the world fetishize it, we will unfortunately be seeing a trend towards a less than shit-giving attitude toward getting out of the hood (i think that made sense). anyhow, that’s why i am doing post-grad work in education. we do not want our young people moving backwards, only pushing forward.

  • b-ease

    we are powerless at this point because we do not know how to work together…look at the asians and what they have done since being here…they work together to achieve goals…what do we do…we constantly tear each other down…divide and conquer…I have mad respect for their will and togetherness…
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Exactly what I’m saying. So why dwell on things that we CAN’T change (ie slavery) and focus on what we can (our OWN mentalities).

  • Nor Cal Mufucka

    Bol you always get bitches yapping back and forth i love reading it. Some insightful some bullshit.

  • b-ease

    so you say “real racism” ceased to exist in the1950s……………….wow…………………

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Now whos putting words in who’s mouth (pause).

    By real I meant that the racism in the 1950′s was much more prevalent, harsh, etc. than anything anyone is going through now. You’re projecting. because you know no matter how many books you skim through (and one sided ones at that), you dont feel the pain of racism everyday (because of my mother’s generation incidentally). So you take your frustraion at not having anything to bitch about in the real world, come on xxl.com and play Huey Newton.

  • b-ease

    did you not read it where I said the youth need people around them who give a damn…

    ^^^^^^^^^
    You said no such thing. You didnt even imply it.

  • b-ease

    now-a-days kids dont give a shit because the parents dont give a shit,
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    READ my post again dumbass. That’s what I said…

  • b-ease

    so you say “real racism” ceased to exist in the1950s…………
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    no i didnt.

  • b-ease

    I never said anything about our people being powerless w/ respect to the government

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    What you said was:
    These people are collecting welfare checks because the government is facilitating stagnation.

    My point is, are we not powerless against purposeful staganation? And if so, shouldnt that be what our discussions and action about our people in this country revolve around??

    If we ARE powerless (as you implied, you must type before you think) then you are in fact saying the white man is superior.

    Get it???

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >This post is about those who live in a “ghetto”. Most people who live in housing projects/ghettos cannot, on a very practical level, simply move as you recommend they do.

    Neither can the poor bastards in Darfur. Should everyone else give a shit? Maybe, but maybe not.

  • Whatevaman

    Bol, glad someone around here says what alot of us think.

    Yes countries in Africa are in need but no matter how much money America gives nothing much changes so I personally can think of many things I care about more than Africa and many places I would rather my tax dollars go. I care about the proverty stricken neighborhoods in my backyard, I care about the education system in this country, I care about the poor here, etc.

    Not to say I do not care about Africa because I would love to see most of the countries on that continent get it together but when u have so many others things to care about its hard to care enough to really care.

  • b-ease

    we don’t know who we are…its called an identity crisis…

    ^^^^^^^^^^

    I would argue that we had a very large since of self during the Civil Rights and Black Panther era.

    My point is that there has been a REGRESSION in Black thought and culture since that time in this country (just compare the music) What happened?? Apathy. The kind not fostered by the white man, but by laziness, pure and simple.

    Does racism still exist?? Of course it does stupid. I’ve never said anything to the contrary.

    Is there anything stopping a Black person in this country from succeeding if their dad isnt a deadbeat and their mom isnt a whore (doesnt matter how poor you are)? NO.

  • these posts are racist

    “Neither can the poor bastards in Darfur. Should everyone else give a shit? Maybe, but maybe not.”

    What? The point of your post, indeed, the title states “Screw saving the ghetto It’s probably best to just leave.” I’m saying, this is practically impossible for most poor people who live in the ghetto.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?cat=29 noz

    For a split second I thought this was going to be the post where you profess your love for Houston rap.

  • people are stupid

    hmm this is an interesting post…
    My personal opinion about poverty and high crime rates is they are directly related, however just because you are poor does not mean you have to commit crimes. I grew up poor, but now am in a suburban neighborhood. My parents were immigrants and came here with nothing. To me coming to America with nothing is a whole lot worse than being born with nothing in America. I happen to know quite a few immigrant families who also came with nothing. If you are born in America you at least know the customs, while immigrants are not too familiar with much as well as the language barrier. So to get on point immigrants come into the poorest of neighborhoods and some make something of themselves, as well as people born into these neighborhoods, they also make something of themselves. So why is there violence in the hood, simple, people are stupid. To me the system is unfair, unjust and was created by the white man to initially put people of color down, but if a person shoots someone that is that persons decision to do it and not because of slavery, oppression, poverty and all this other bullshit people say. There are plenty of poor people that do not kill. All it takes for children of the ghetto or poor neighborhoods is good parenting first and everything will follow. Good parenting can come from a single parent, there is no rule that you need two to raise a good home. If people do not take responsibility for themselves then nothing will ever change, you can either let things happen or make things happens, it is time for people to start making things happen and not wait for the government to fix the neighborhood because they will not do it anytime soon. To start fixing the neighborhoods, I think parents should be parents, kids need to stop thinking of the fast life and have some sense, steady but surely. Education should become key for youth and you do not need good schools or good teachers to be educated you just need the will to learn and it will happen. Gangs will always exist but people are taking the cant beat em join em approach which is wrong and stupid. People die over a color, and other stupid reasons, gangs were originally for protection now they have become the offenders, so another stupid mentality has emerged. To relate this to hip hop is that we tend to find the worst and think its the best, drug dealers, pimps, tony montana wannabes, killers,ex gang members. These group of people are not role models and become role models for the youth who in general are stupid. Backpacker rap exluded. So to sum everything up there really is no excuse for violence rates to be high except for the fact that people make stupid decisions which lack complete sense, and its either genetic or lack of morals/conscience due to bad parenting, there is really no other plausible explanation.

  • WRONG AGAIN

    Its a statistical fact that when Blacks come into an area property values drop while crime goes through the roof! When their children enter previously good school systems test scores drop while drop out rates and teen pregnantcies increase!

    Its like Chris Rock said “No one wants to live next to NIGGAS!”

  • HIJOKKA

    All right let’s get this STRAIGHT !!! Africans sold Africans to become slaves. The White forfathers put them into salvery and did divise systems for the last 150 plus years to “keep other race classes” below them. After civil rights they plagued lower income areas with liquor, tobacco, drugs, and guns hoping to keep control and to control population. Welfare was to help those who could not help themselves but in reality it is part of a system to keep the ghetto “ghetto” — Ghetto does not mean black either — it means a poor fucked up neighborhood. Let’s face it, If this country “really” cared than alchohol and tobacco would be illegal too. As A white male I am ashamed and embarrassed what people of my race have done in the past but I must say this : ONLY THE PEOPLE IN THE HOOD CAN CHANGE THE HOOD. Now I know many will say that’s what the panthers tried to accomplish and the US GOV shut them down and I will agree!! But the one’s that make it out(doctors, lawyers,real estate moguls,politicians, entertainment and athletic successes) need to stop forgetting where they come from and put forth a new community system that the FEDS can’t mess with. The AL Sharpton’s(MR. AMBULANCE CHASER) do not help your cause. In other words It’s up to the hood to change the hood.

  • Tyler

    BoL, at least U are bringing attention 2 the motherland no matter how fuck’d up your point of view might be. Africa has a lot of natural minerals and materials that we as a country could be making bank on while helping them the the same time. At the same time at home yea’ I hoods could be a better place with the right amount of governement help. I mean Ms.Jolie don’t have 2 go dat far in order 2 find a little black face in need and people just ignoring it is just plain stupid & sad. U a funny dude BoL
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  • HIJOKKA

    WRONG AGAIN — It’s good you talk like this on a forum because if I new how to find ya, I’d beat the livin shit out you and I’m a non-violent(sometimes) whiteboy. Of course I’m sure this is the reaction you were looking for but stay off this site cause with comments like that, You don’t deserve to be a part of this thing here,

  • Will The Thrill

    co-sign HIJOKKA. All class levels need to work together to help change, but when it comes down to it, only the hood can change the hood.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    B-ease ignorance is beyond me…carry on peon…carry on…what you said below needs no response… *walks away* …

    b-ease Says:

    June 21st, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    My point is that there has been a REGRESSION in Black thought and culture since that time in this country (just compare the music) What happened?? Apathy. The kind not fostered by the white man, but by laziness, pure and simple.

    Is there anything stopping a Black person in this country from succeeding if their dad isnt a deadbeat and their mom isnt a whore (doesnt matter how poor you are)? NO.

  • DetroitCityPlayer

    It was mostly white peoples fault that we(Black People) were put into the situation that we were in, theres no motivation for them to save us, after all they’re living good. Hell, I would love to live good and have people under my control. The system is set up for us to fail, but its always been that way everywhere for immigrants and foreigners, look at how far the Irish have come and look at how they did it. Voting, that is the key, they fought us on it for so long because we used to know that the benefits of social reform come through law and order. But now we don’t wanna vote, why don’t we turn out at the least and make them put in some work to keep us down?

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >Wrong…frapachinnos are like food for unhealty people.

    Oh, and I suppose Cristal is good for you?

    See people, this just goes to show how full of shit TPAR is. In some ways, he may even be worse than N-Bred, just because you’d think he would know better.

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >For a split second I thought this was going to be the post where you profess your love for Houston rap.

    I thought people stopped pretending they liked Houston rap back in 2006.

  • these posts are racist

    “Oh, and I suppose Cristal is good for you?”
    No, cristal is not good for you. All: I recommend not drinking any alcohol, not smoking, doing drugs and excercising regularly.

  • these posts are racist

    >Wrong…frapachinnos are like food for unhealty people.

    “Oh, and I suppose Cristal is good for you?”

    P.S., I love your wack logical deduction skills BOL…I never said Cristal was good for you. And how does calling out frapachinno drinkers (generally) make me full of shit?

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    wait, are we talking crystal meth or cristal lite? aren’t both really really good for you? certainly they both help keeping you thin.

  • HIJOKKA

    BOL, I notice you only comment back to people (not all but mostly) that are already a bit ignorant. I don’t ride your shit on an everyday basis so my name is not seen daily on your posts.But I do notice when people do make intelligent remarks you barely comment back to them. No, I am not talking about myself but if you want to act intellectual than speak back and forth with folks that have adult mentality instead of playing around with the little shorties BOL. Look man some of your posts are important, can’t say we like them all but I understand your hustle. You trying to be the Fifty of blogs– more haters- more readers- more readers- more chedda (hopefully for you)but if you gonna come on a conscience tip than reply to the grown — not the easy to own — feel me ????

  • these posts are racist

    BOL, you are full of it…not me. You say we shouldn’t try and help the ghetto, but rather those living in the ghetto should simply move. I say its econmically not feasible to achieve such, and you try to change the issue to whether or not we should be sympathetic since people in Darfur can’t afford to move either…

    Who is full of it?

  • M.Garvey

    Upward mobility is harder than people make it seem. Kids of Farmers become farmers, they may become better farmers but farmers none the less.
    In some ways it takes some luck to have generational wealth. A lot of middle class people, black or white, are one or two pay checks or a divorce away from moving down to or a lil above the poverty line (defined as $30, 000/household).
    People may think this is soft but if your in the middle class, your better off getting married than staying single, 2 incomes are better than one.
    In todays America, i think class is more important than race, not to say racism doesnt exist but thank god there are on average more opportunities than there were in 1950s.
    But we cant forget about of home loan,housing,loss of manufacturing jobs and job discrimination in prior generations have played a role in why 1/4 Blacks are at or below the poverty line. If people want to get out, they need to get a better education or become entrepreneurs(working for yourself is a gift…and a curse), have kids at an older age (26 instead of 16), and when they do have kids, motivate them to do well in school. Easier said than done, cuz i know playin by the rules isnt always rewarded, but delayed gratification also works cuz 30 is the new 20.

  • N.O. 4 life

    the government has instituted a program in which they can continually make sure poor black people stay in a perpetual system of poverty
    (poverty = people who dont value life) by simply maintaining horrible school systems (especially N.O. these schools aren’t even compared to all the places we went to after katrina) in black areas.

    ^^^^^^These Posts Are Racist
    how can you say its econimcally feasible while billions are being spent on a war?
    or better yet how can you say that when there has been no attempts to actually help the ghetto

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?cat=29 noz

    “I thought people stopped pretending they liked Houston rap back in 2006.”

    People in Houston seem to still like it.

    And DC.

  • these posts are racist

    N.O. 4 life-

    You misunderstood me. It is econmically not feasible for most people living below the poverty line to simply up and move to a better community. Your response describing the billions being spent on our wars illudes to government money…I wasn’t talking about the government’s money. I was talking about the people BOL says should just get up and move.

  • s-dot

    hold on there, the poverty line is not 30,000 a household, thats actually closer to the median but i’ll stay away from stats as they can appear confusing (as shown already)-

    africa is not fucked up from colonialism-
    oil is flowing out and money is going to africa; its getting siphoned off by the govt-
    at some point africa needs to fix its own problems: fuck bono-

    on the real too, i don’t come from the best circumstances, and to get a decent apartment may take a shitty job and a 40-hour week, but getting out of the hood is possible-

  • Cuban Link

    lmao, good post Bol

    my cousin lives in Jersey, and his neighborhood is pretty fucked up, but nearby is a town called Brick, and that is far from a nice area, but its supposedly the safest place in Jersey.And thats saying something when u got places like Cherry Hill in the same state.

    and anyway, how could u save the ghetto?If u did manage to make all the ghettos nice, then they wouldnt be ghettos anymore would they?And besides, who would want places like Harlem to be nice except those living in Harlem?I mean, if theres no shitty areas, then theres no reason for the residents of nice areas to feel special.

    I mean how do u feel joy if you never felt pain?

  • Gay Freddie

    1 out of 3 Black Men in Da’ Ghetto are living on the “Down Low” – “Homo Thugg’n Is The New Luv’n”

  • Block Burner

    U see what happened to Stack Bundles when he tried to save the hood

  • AQUILOGY

    I do disagree with bol on some points. I DO give a shit about Afirca. “You cant love a tree without loving its roots” (Malcolm)That is our country of origin. But refusing to look at other important causes for our stagnation besides “whitey” is lazy and will not help the CAUSE________________________________________——-Africa is NOT a country

  • b-ease

    B-ease ignorance is beyond me…carry on peon…carry on…what you said below needs no response… *walks away*
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Hey man, I understand, the best thing to do when you cant counter a point is to act like you’re above it. My girlfriend does that shit all the time…

    Oh and Aquilogy, you’re absoulutely right fam, i fucked up.

  • Danny

    BOL says:

    “the place where I live is pretty much crime free”

    ^^^^
    Thats why you don’t like Hip-Hop….

  • b-ease

    My point is that there has been a REGRESSION in Black thought and culture since that time in this country (just compare the music) What happened?? Apathy.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I really dont see how anybody could disagree with that.

    And dont say “but the white man put crack there!”.

  • N.O. 4 life

    TPAR…aight

    B-Ease tell me you honestly believe that an entire culture filled with leaders and bright minds “regressed” for no reason……and who put crack there?

  • Ron

    XXLMAG.COM CENSOR ANY COMMENTS THAT THEY DO NOT LIKE. IF YOU MENTION BOL BEING FAT AND BEING THE BLACK 50 YEAR OLD VIRGIN, OR FLUFFY SUNDAY LOOKING UP CHILD PORN IN HIS MOM’S BASEMENT, OR ESKAY JERKING OFF TO BOL’S BLOGS, THEY GET ALL MAD AND DELETE YOUR COMMENTS AND THEN BAN YOU FROM COMMENTING ANY FURTHER.

    THATS REAL HYPOCRITICAL AS MUCH AS YOU FAGGOTS TALK ABOUT FREEDOM OF SPEECH. IF EVERYONE CENSORED OPINION, YOU HOMOS WOULDN’T BE GETTING YOUR $75 CHECK EVERY WEEK.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    N.O. 4 life Says:

    June 22nd, 2007 at 9:35 am
    TPAR…aight

    B-Ease tell me you honestly believe that an entire culture filled with leaders and bright minds “regressed” for no reason……and who put crack there?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    N.O. 4 LIFE dont bother with this ignoramus…he is…how they say it…….dumb…

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    People from New Orleans must be built differently. I see why these white folks dont want us to reunite. We truly have a revolutionary way of thinking and living. The rest of this country is filled with humble negroes.

    Disclaimer: I know that everyone who was not born and raised in New Orleans isn’t a humble negroe but on average they probably are. Yes we play a part in our own stagnation and destruction but it is ignorant and assinine to say we alone are causing this. It is assinine to say slavery has nothing to do with the current plight of blacks. It is assinine to say there aren’t white men that seek our destruction. Yes this is 2007.

  • 1,2..1,2 it don’t stop81

    help some dirty black kids.
    ^^^^^^
    don’t know why but jus’ cracked me the fuck up!lol!

    But on a serious note kiddies heres the real deal, blacks aren’t fucked up no more due to whites, like people kill people and not the guns, blacks hold back blacks, jus’ face it we come from a race thats jus like any other, I dunno why niggas think oh I’m black my race would never sell me into slavery! (mutha’fucka you stupid!) y’all don’t truly think there were black slave owners before the whites and things like gold and cattle didn’t have value in our culture in “MOTHER A-FREE-CA” NIGGA! yeah right.So it’s basically the same shit nowadays those that have eat off of those that don’t and when were done wit’em fuck’em! Blacks will neva stop being slaves until we stop enslaving ourselves and our mentalities with the wrong information.You can blame the white man for tearin up our family tree ut you can’t blame him for not re-sewin’ the seed.

  • b-ease

    It is assinine to say slavery has nothing to do with the current plight of blacks. It is assinine to say there aren’t white men that seek our destruction. Yes this is 2007. v

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Nobody said anything of the sort. What I said was the only way to IMPROVE our cultures condition is to focus on what we can do interanally.

    Slavery has everything to do with our current plight. That’s not new info. In fact its been regurgitated to the point of being empty rhetoric.

    I am a strong believer in Black Power, not black exuses.

  • b-ease

    B-Ease tell me you honestly believe that an entire culture filled with leaders and bright minds “regressed” for no reason……and who put crack there?
    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    Of course there’s a reason, and I think our main priority as a people should be truly discovering what that reason is. I honestly dont believe that it is all do to the white man’s machinations. If you deny that we are weaker as a people than we were 30-40 years ago, then we will just have to agree to disagree.
    “He put guns in the hood/ but he aint make us tote it/ he put crack there too/ but he aint make us smoke it -Artivous

  • b-ease

    Yes we play a part in our own stagnation and destruction but it is ignorant and assinine to say we alone are causing this.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Never said we were responsible for our plight, just that WE are responsible for getting out of it. I dont disagree with your points per se, i just dont think they are in any way helpful in regards to the upliftment as a people.

  • b-ease

    Anyone that doenst give into the culture of victomology is automaticall an Uncle Tom. If one would rather discuss what WE can do to move forward rather than what the white man is doing to “hold us back”, we would be that much further along.

  • b-ease

    It is assinine to say there aren’t white men that seek our destruction.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    That’s what I’m saying. Who, in literal sense, is more likely to destroy a black man? A racist white dude or a brother? You know the answer to that. Is slavery and the negatives of the diaspora mainly responsible for that? Yes. But the bottom line is that right now we are doing more to lower ourselves than the white man is. And that was not the case 30-40 years ago.

    One.

  • b-ease

    I never said anything about our people being powerless w/ respect to the government

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    What you said was:
    These people are collecting welfare checks because the government is facilitating stagnation.

    My point is, are we not powerless against purposeful staganation? And if so, shouldnt that be what our discussions and action about our people in this country revolve around??

    If we ARE powerless (as you implied, you must type before you think) then you are in fact saying the white man is superior.

    Get it???
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    N-Credible ignores what he cannot argue and draws conclusions that are not in the text. You spiel on the net becuase you could not handle an intelligent discussion about this subject in the real world without calling somebody a Tom hahaha.

  • b-ease

    N.O. 4 LIFE dont bother with this ignoramus…he is…how they say it…….dumb…

    ^^^^^^^^^
    dude, if somebody posts something addressed to me, there is no reason for you to respond to it. Thats some bitch shit…

  • b-ease

    Yes we play a part in our own stagnation and destruction
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Hey, at least I got you to admit it. Cause thats not what you were saying before AT ALL.

  • OxyMOroN

    Bol…you are clueless when it comes to race. Instead of coming up with logical conclusions to any problem, you play the race game…against your own race! Instead of degrading, what about upliftment. You are a waste of flesh and blogspace. Your blogs are only good because of the controversy you stir up with your figmented opinions. Any child with half a brain could stir up controversy just by giving an opinion that goes against the “status quo”. You are the definition of the term “house nigger”. Regardless of how bad you degrade or display the negative aspects of our culture, you are still African-American. You are not exempt from your heritage. You can say you are stating the “truth” as it appears to you, but for others in this harsh reality of a society, life is much harder. You don’t make it any easier by mocking your own race ( I want to call you a shit sandwich but don’t want to resort to name calling) you douchebag.

    Try upliftment in some of your “Uncle Tom” posts.

    btw…I think your fascination with “gay” is exposing your true gender preference. One of my biggest pet peeves are these terms you use that really exploit you as homosexual wigger.

    nullus
    teh ghey
    cracka ass cracka

    why don’t you just be honest and say you want a “solid” white man to penetrate you anally and orally. Fuck you, fuck your posts, your slogans, your made up words, your racist ass views (against your own race mind you) and fuck the hole you came from for raising society’s shittiest turd.

  • OxyMOroN

    fuck xxl as a matter of fact for payin this fat piece of shit to write this racist bullshit.

  • these posts are racist

    BOL, i’m waiting for your explanation of why I’m “full of shit”…or is it just easier to make conclusions without an analysis…?

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    B-Ease = DICKHEAD

  • http://rockthedub.blogspot.com khal

    yeah i was with you bol… until you brought up the nigga shit. keep doin you!

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    OxyMOroN Says:

    June 22nd, 2007 at 11:17 am
    Bol…you are clueless when it comes to race. Instead of coming up with logical conclusions to any problem, you play the race game…against your own race! Instead of degrading, what about upliftment. You are a waste of flesh and blogspace. Your blogs are only good because of the controversy you stir up with your figmented opinions. Any child with half a brain could stir up controversy just by giving an opinion that goes against the “status quo”. You are the definition of the term “house nigger”. Regardless of how bad you degrade or display the negative aspects of our culture, you are still African-American. You are not exempt from your heritage. You can say you are stating the “truth” as it appears to you, but for others in this harsh reality of a society, life is much harder. You don’t make it any easier by mocking your own race ( I want to call you a shit sandwich but don’t want to resort to name calling) you douchebag.

    Try upliftment in some of your “Uncle Tom” posts.

    btw…I think your fascination with “gay” is exposing your true gender preference. One of my biggest pet peeves are these terms you use that really exploit you as homosexual wigger.

    nullus
    teh ghey
    cracka ass cracka

    why don’t you just be honest and say you want a “solid” white man to penetrate you anally and orally. Fuck you, fuck your posts, your slogans, your made up words, your racist ass views (against your own race mind you) and fuck the hole you came from for raising society’s shittiest turd.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I second that, I never understood why this guy is employed by xxl either. Not a good look.

  • b-ease

    The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE Says:

    June 22nd, 2007 at 12:50 pm
    B-Ease = DICKHEAD

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Profound.

  • M.Garvey

    Yeah my bad the poverty line number i gave is wrong, the median black income is about $33 000, the poverty line depends on family members, $19 000 for a family of four, $15 000 for a family of three; $12,000 for a family of two; and $10 000 for an individual.

  • GT_Massive

    “at least since the days when this country was overrun with bloodthirsty savages.” – bol

    What savages are you talking about, the Europeans that ran the Indians off of their land?

    Why is a Hip Hop blog being written by a guy who has never been in the streets and is totally clueless about the struggle of the black people that listen to hip hop? Can we get someone with some book sense and some street smarts to write this blog cause Bol is painfully clueless. You live in your Momma’s house and you drive a beatup mini-van, yet you have the nerve to talk about about crime ridden areas like you are Rush Limbaugh. You sound like a fat black Paris Hilton or something. Maybe once you should walk through the areas you like to call shit holes and get a feel for the people, cause Bol clearly isn’t a man of the people, he’s an Xbox nerd who somehow fell into a job pontificating about a culture he knows nothng about.

  • Dow Jones

    Any one that makes excuses for the ghetto never lived there. Fuck the ghetto, seriously. You will die fucking around with that shit. If you have the means to leave, leave. Find an apartment that’s rented on a month to month basis in a nice neighborhood and get the fuck out of dodge.

    Every black neighbor hood is not the ghetto so don’t get it wrong.The ghetto, a real ghetto is something else entirely.

  • Cuban Link

    …i thought my comment was kinda smart

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >BOL, i’m waiting for your explanation of why I’m “full of shit”…or is it just easier to make conclusions without an analysis…?

    You’re full of shit because you try to insert shit into the post that was never there in the first place.

    The point of the post is that many of us (yep, even black people) have the privilege not to give a rat’s ass what goes on in the ghetto one way or the other, just like most people in the US could give a rat’s ass about the situation in Africa. Whether or not we *should* give a shit is a topic for another discussion. Obviously it would be difficult to make a humanitarian case for saving the ghetto (whatever that means) in light of how fucked up it is in various other parts of the world. Poor people here in the US actually tend to be fat, so clearly food isn’t the issue.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    #
    GT_Massive Says:

    June 22nd, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    “at least since the days when this country was overrun with bloodthirsty savages.” – bol

    What savages are you talking about, the Europeans that ran the Indians off of their land?

    Why is a Hip Hop blog being written by a guy who has never been in the streets and is totally clueless about the struggle of the black people that listen to hip hop? Can we get someone with some book sense and some street smarts to write this blog cause Bol is painfully clueless. You live in your Momma’s house and you drive a beatup mini-van, yet you have the nerve to talk about about crime ridden areas like you are Rush Limbaugh. You sound like a fat black Paris Hilton or something. Maybe once you should walk through the areas you like to call shit holes and get a feel for the people, cause Bol clearly isn’t a man of the people, he’s an Xbox nerd who somehow fell into a job pontificating about a culture he knows nothng about.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    …I second that…

  • these posts are racist

    BOL-

    I did not insert anything into the post taht was never there in the first place. I addressed the point of your post very directly, see my comments and compare them to your post!

    Your most does mention that we have the privlege to not care about what’s going on in US ghettos and poor parts around world…but you also recommend that those living in US ghettos should just move…I responded that its not that easy, etc. That’s very on point and is not off the topic of your post.

    “Poor people here in the US actually tend to be fat, so clearly food isn’t the issue.”

    That’s just ignorant. Just because someone is fat, it doesn’t mean they are living good…McDonald’s makes it cheap for poor people to eat, but as a result of eating food that contains very little nutritional value and is high in saturated fat, sugars, etc. people in poor US neighborhoods are unhealthy…because they can’t afford to eat better.

    You’re the one who confuses issues and inserts random points to distract from a conversation…

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    tpar- wouldn’t you agree that it’s much cheaper to just cook at home? i work two jobs, go to school full-time and raise my daughter, and she does not eat mcdonalds or any fast food. and guess what? i am poor. i do however, see your point, but it’s a bit off-base and too simple. when i was a kid, all the food on my house said “bread”, “peanut butter” and “macaroni”, and it was super cheap and much more healthy that mickey d’s.

  • these posts are racist

    thoreauly77–

    My answer was simple, but was meant merely to refute the idea that being fat equaled “food not being an issue”…as BOL described. In other words, the problems with poor kids’ health are multi-layered and are not without exceptions. Many have parents (or single mothers) who for differing reasons don’t cook for their kids and so their kids eat Mc D’s on a daily basis…this combined with poor health care, etc…leads to a whole bunch of problems. There are exceptions…I am one of those exceptions. I grew up way below the poverty line, but my mom cooked up what she could, and it was healthy for me. But I was simply responding to a narrow (typical ignorant BOL statement).

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >Your most does mention that we have the privlege to not care about what’s going on in US ghettos and poor parts around world…but you also recommend that those living in US ghettos should just move…I responded that its not that easy, etc. That’s very on point and is not off the topic of your post.

    Why would I suggest for someone who doesn’t have any money to spend money? What sense does that make?

    The point I was making wrt McDonalds is that the issue with poor people here in the US often isn’t really a material issue. It’s not like people here are dying of starvation. More often than not the problem has to do with a) racism, but also b) various pathological behaviors that keep people mired in poverty for generation after generation. If it was just a food issue we could dump rice (or McDonalds or whatever) over the ghetto just like we do in Iraq and be done with it.

  • these posts are racist

    BOL-

    You clearly misunderstand racism and poverty in America, if you think poverty in America is not a “material issue”. You are right, poverty in America, for the most part does not compare to poverty in other parts of the world, but that doesn’t make the situation tolerable or acceptable. Blaming those in poverty for remaining poverty is not an accurate assesment. Yes there are exceptions, and many poor people make it out of poverty…but for the most part, it is virtually impossible and not because of their own behavior, but rather for a plethora of reasons…broadly speaking, racism, classism and the systematic process of keeping poor people poor. That’s reality.

  • Ali

    so if it don’t involve u….u don’t care? wow even if i agreed with that, i wouldnt tell ne1 cuz thats embarassaing….r u really that self-centered man? lol i mean its so bad its funny 4 real

  • http://misterrickyblackplanet.com BossGame

    I’ve got to be Honest. I grew up in Liberty City in Miami back in the 70′s and I hated that poor shit. I hated when my granmother came home from working as a maid on Miami Beach, and screamed when she saw that some one had stolen the air conditioner out of the window along with my sister’s baby food. BABY FOOD!!! Fuk an environment that breeds that kind of mess. I love my people but I will never, ever look upon ghetto living as nothing more than a situation to strive to get the hell out of. Instead of keeping it hood I’m keep em’ safe (my kids). Show me any other race of people in the history of mankind that glorify self destructive behavior as much as we do? Please! I’m curious because I can’t seem to find one anywhere.

  • Will The Thrill

    Is it me, or is N-Bred always retarded?

  • Grassisgreener

    Bol,
    You Sorry Ass Son of Strange Dick Blower. How could you call my city(West Philly REPRESENT!!!!) A shithole and you live in St. Louis. Despite the skyrocketing murder rate Philly is still one of the greatest cities in the country. There is an amazing array of cultural and entertainment outlets. Philly is home to three of the most storied, albeit perplexing, professional sports franchises (Does St.Louis have any professional teams?). The local college are not only good values, but with schools like University of Pennsylvania, Drexel , St.Joesph’s , LaSalle and Villanova one would be hard pressed to find a city outside of New England with so many quality options for higher education. Let’s not even mention my cities prominent place in music history. Even your favorite masterbation fantasy ,David Bowie, recorded his best album (Young American) using local talent in an attempt to copy the soulful sound of Philly International. What y’all got? The ST. Lunatics? I could go on and on but I won’t, because you seem like a kinda smart guy so I believe you get the picture. Don’t fuck with Philly, ’cause we’ll whip your fat gelatin ass. Did I mention that some of the finest pugilists in history hail from THE CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE? Shit! Marvin Hagler tried to come through here with that tough shit and got his chin checked. One last thing. If you ever get yourself a chick and she is unhappy with the meager size of your member, give a round trip ticket to Philly and have her come check me out. I’ll serve her some tremendous flank steak that should keep her coll for months. EARLY!

  • Grassisgreener

    One more thing. Do you think if all of us upwardly mobile Black folks stayed in our neighborhood and used our expertise, experience, networks and professional/political connections to improve our neighborhoods things would be so fucked up? Why the fuck do you Robert Guillaime ass niggas run from your own hoods ,to a suburb where the residents hate to see your Black ass coming, just to come back and help the youth that y’all abandoned in the first place? Get that White man out y’all heads. He don’t like you!

  • Grassisgreener

    B-EASE,
    You monkey hands and rice eatin’ faggot! Most Americans know that Africa is a continent, but the names of the countires change so much, depending on who’s raping them currently, that we don’t give a shit about remembering them. Also, I know who you are referring to when you say, “Americans”, too. You’re not talking about the White boys that you try so desperately to ingratiate yourself to by talking shit about your Black cousins. Take your Brainwashed ass back to whichever Catholic mission you came from. See, we do know about y’all.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=10955 Jay

    im siding with TPAR on this one.. sry Bol.. i love ur shit even tho sumtimes its fucked up u got the fuck it attitude thats y i love readin ur shit but i got TPAR on this

  • Benjamin

    american is fucked up bol but its not all the government its also the people most americans are lazy and would rather sit back and bitch all day about why they dont have shit besides actually getting out and working and doing whatever it takes to get some where and thats not saying sell drugs thats an lazy way out in my opinion. everyone goes through pain in life some way more than others but how u handle the shit is what makes you the person you are.

  • An African

    At least your perception on Africa was frank even though depiscable. To each his own. To the guy who said something about Africans selling themselves for jewels – posts like that show you do not have any understanding whatsoever of our history. You don’t owe Africa shit but you have to respect her. That is all. You can pretend that filthy continent you despise so much doesn’t mean shit to you just to play to the gallery and come off as a care-free hater. As the other African said: ignorance is bliss, and going by your antecedents, is in abundance amongst the ‘African’ American population. LOL @ ‘African’ American.

  • http://iteatsatmegentlyi.ph rDot

    What bothers me immensely isn’t really the unabashedly ignorant views on race (it does, but not so much) from this moron, but the sly droppings of surefire ‘credibility’ scattered throughout his essay. For example, the inability to afford Cristal, his beat-up minivan, etc, subtly giving him enough ‘street cred’ to justify bashing Black people needlessly, like being a broke son of a bitch can ever be enough reason to be a broke racist son of a bitch. This blogger is nothing but an attention-starved media whore; stop giving him reasons to live, please!

  • these posts are racist

    What amazes me most about BOL is not that he doesn’t care about the plight of his people and poor people over all, but that he goes out of his way to not care and let everyone know it…

  • Dow Jones

    LOL @ You monkey hands and rice eatin’ faggot!

    Grass I understand what you’re saying but you’re from Philly so you know for a fact that if you’re doing better than the next man you’ll get stuck. They stuck my cousin up on 52nd and Woodland wile he was moving his shit from the u-haul to the house. Nothing serious just some welcome to the neighborhood shit. The only way people that do good can help the hood is to move out then come back on a pass to help them youth. Otherwise they’re going to be a sitting duck.

    They’ll be sittin’ in your kitchen waitin’ to start pitchin’ ©

    And just because you leave the shit doesn’t mean you have to go to the white neighborhoods; there’s plenty of neighborhoods where black people are doing well, getting along; kids playing and what not.

    No one in this country (US) is poor, you may not be rich but your ass is not poor. You just don’t have as much as the next man or as much as you would like to have but you’re not poor. Minimum wage is 7 something an hour, this country’s social system won’t let you be crazy poor unless you just really don’t give a fuck.

    One more thing . . .

    African’s in Africa are up in the Catholic Church the same way African’s in America are up in the Christian Church. We have all been fucked up by missionaries. How can you put so much faith in something taught to you by your captors? What the fuck is that?

    Kanye should have his ass beat for rockin’ a white Jesus. ©

    We have to ask our selves why African people world wide are catching hell.

    It’s all fucked up.

  • Grassisgreener

    Dow,
    It’s funny that you replied with a story that takes place on 52nd & Woodland, because that’s my block! I was raised right across the street from the State Burners Motorcycle Club, diagonally across from that generic gas station. I was raised in a single parent home, though I was fortunate to have my father in my life. I went to college, earned a degree and am currently enjoying the financial and social benefits of a professional career. However, I have not moved out of West Philly.I don’t live on Woodland Avenue anymore, but I’m still on the FIVE DEUCE Strip! No one robs or assaults me, because most of my neighbors are hard working, usually law abiding citizens,and I’m known in my community as a positive brother. It’s also known that my brothers and I go to the gym (Shuler’s Boxing, baby)and gun range on a regular basis in order to protect what’s ours from the few neighborhood deviants who might seek to do us harm. We are an asset to the community and even some of the hustlers and killers we grew up with have occassionally expressed how much our sticking around means to them. You gotta give love to get love. If you come into our hood and just lock yourself away, it gives others the impression that you only want to take advantage of the low cost of living and the abundance of neighborhood women who are looking for a man to help provide some stability to their lives.

    Don’t think for a second that no one in America is poor. Remember, everything is relative. If you make $7.00/hr. in a country where the cost of living outstrips that figure then you are poor.

    You’re right, there are some upper middle class Black enclaves, but if all middle class, upper middle class or wealthy Blacks move out of the nieghborhoods that helped shape them what do you have? I’ll tell you! The poverty stricken wastelands that we have now! Have you ever heard any other group of people (cultural, racial, religious) who are so pressed to separate and fragment their communities along socioeconomic lines. Why do you think there’s a Chinatown in most major cities? It’s not like the government set aside those areas to foment Asian social, economic and cultural potency in America. Our Asian brothers and sisters, finding themselves excluded from mainstrem America, said, “Fuck it! We’ll just build up our shit right where we at!” (or something like that). We’ve been so thoroughly duped by these integrationist ideas that we can’t see the value in doing for ourselves cooperatively.Our mothers and fathers fought for freedom and justice, the government flipped shit and gave us consumer equality and increased social mobility and called it freedom.

    We treat our hoods like shit because evryone that lives here thinks they ar going somewhere else. Why take care of something your tryng to get away from? Most ghetto inhabitants aren’t going anywhere, but the number one goal is to,”get up out this bitch1″ We need to think of ways to organize and mobilize our people so that we won’t have to be perpetual consumers, renters and fodder for the prison-industrial complex.

    I wasn’t trying to ride on Catholics or Black folks who adhere to Christian ideals; it’s good to believe in something. I was just fucking with nut ass B Ease and now this AN AFRICAN clown. They don’t fuck with us for real. If they did they would have been trying to get with us when we were strugggling for freedom over here. The didn’t come check for us until our elders took them ass whoopin’s (and returned some), organized and made the sacrifices they had to in order to give our generation a fighting chance in this country. OUR PEOPLE HELD THE AMERICAN ESTABLISHMENT TO THE LOFTY IDEALS OUTLINED IN THE U.S. CONSTITUTION. The government didn’t make concessions willingly, it was forced to. So everbody needs to thank a nigga today.

    We must follow the example of all other self-empowered groups and invest our time, resources, talents and even our lives to the upliftment of our people. Besides, we all gotta die.

    African people are catching hell worldwide because the current rulers of the earth are trying to make the rest of the world forget that they were originally the least culturally advanced and most savage of men. Superior warfare technology gave them the upper hand and they have maintained that advantage ever since. Western culture is declining in every area except for in the realm of technology.

    Oh yeah! I’m not kidding about the monkey hands and rice shit. I’ve been to the continent a couple of times, and have been offered just that and this stew made with “bushmeat” as a main ingredient. I’m not even going to tell you what that is. I must say though, that these meals were offered out of the kindness of their hearts, as monkey hands are supposed to be a real treat. It was explained to me that the palm of the monkey paw is very tender and quite tasty, but I’ll never find out. They love us over there more than they do when they arrive here. Go figure.

    One!

  • Abeeku

    I guess we have now come full circle, and the story of the hunt is going to always be told to favor the hunter, and never the hunted.

    Oh, so now we Africans are to blame for slavery? It is interesting to note that with this slavery “history” our version of the story has never been told, and now the African-Americans now blame us.
    Now, I’ll confess to not being the know-all about America, but think about this: look at how your “fellow Americans” treat you, with piling lots of you in jail, and the crack epidemic, and the Hurricane Katrina and all that. Why are you so naive to believe that they would tell you the truth about how slavery really happened in Africa? I could say a lot, but at this point, I will only look biased. Think about it though. Do you honestly think that if white people were to blame for this tragedy, they would honestly admit it to you? Just like that? Look at their track record…what have they ever admitted to? It’s not their fault but their nature: it is yours for being so naive, but it is not surprising-after more than 5 centuries, you finally see us through European eyes.
    It is also interesting to note that when Malcolm X came to Ghana, he was taken through the oral traditions and the history was explained to him, but he said that he was hardly surprised. (In a old documentary shot in Ghana)
    THINK: Your forefathers who arrived in “America” but born in Africa would never have been convinced that Slavery was Africans’ fault, for a second and would’ve thought the notion ridiculous, especially if a white man told him this, while with his whip in his hand.

    The quote by the person who posted before me “They love us over there more than they do when they arrive here. Go figure” speaks volumes.
    If someone likes/hates somebody, why would the geographical location make any difference?

    What do you know about the huge wars they used fight for 10, even 20 years non-stop against these vampires to get as many of you back as possible?

    Only for you to now say that you were given away just like that.

    Of course, you’re now having your “revenge”- many of the gun-runners used to start wars here in Africa have historically been African-American, so I guess you’ll get your own back.

    Divide.And.Conquer.
    When will we learn that nothing has changed?
    Abeeku
    The irony.

  • Abeeku

    It just occurred that one never sees this level of brainwashing among Africans from the Carribean or South America…different slavery experiences, probably.

  • Dow Jones

    Peace . . . Peace . . .

    This African on African nonsense has to stop. We are African weather you like it or not. If our predecessors in the sixties worked to develop African Nationalism as much as they worked to develop Black Nationalism things would be different today. The African’s history has been erased and modified more than any other to weaken the strength of the continent. We can no longer afford to separate ourselves, the world is positioning itself to divide by nationality (see the EU) consequently Africans world wide have much to gain from unity and equally as much to loose from disarray. If there were to be one continental currency and subsequent economic system, unite the natural resources with in this system; the euro, dollar, and yen would not stand a chance. So you see the physical destruction of Africa and the psychological destruction of African people globally has never been personal, but always business.

    Liberia is unique in Africa as it started neither as a native state nor as a European colony, but began in 1821 when private societies began founding colonies for free blacks from the United States on the coast of West Africa. Africans in America don’t even fuck with or know about Liberia but Firestone has seen huge gains from their rubber plant over there.

    We have a lot to learn about each other but African nationalism, economically at the very least is a must if Africa(ns) are going to surrive this new world economy.

    Aficans world wide will admit they’re African except the African in America . . . I was looking at this documentary on hip hop around the world and the reporter interviewing these emcees from London asked, “What’s the difference between you and black people in America?”. The kid responded, “We know we’re from Africa”.