Ya'AQov Ben Yah
Ya'AQov Ben Yah, also known as James Gouldlock, was born in 1972. He is an author, Master Barber, graphic artist, and entrepreneur. He recently published his first book, Thoughts of A Critical Thinker, available on Amazon.
It's The Culture
In the last couple of weeks, America has been devastated by two horrific tragedies involving gun violence. On May 14, 2022, a TEENAGED gunman walked into a grocery store in Buffalo, NY and murdered 10 Black people, some of them elderly. Three others were injured. In addition, he wrote out a 180 page manifesto detailing why he was committing this atrocious act; it was racially motivated. 10 days later, another TEENAGED gunman walked into an elementary school in Uvalde, TX and murdered 19 CHILDREN and 2 adults. This teenager also detailed what he was going to do via social media and text messages. Unfortunately, these horrific acts of gun violence are amongst 214 MASS SHOOTINGS that have occurred in America in 2022. (A mass shooting is classified as 4 or more people being shot at one time.) In addition, 17,300 people have lost their lives to gun violence in America so far in 2022. As of this writing, today's date is 5/28/2022. The year isn't even half over yet....
What Does It All Mean?
A couple of days ago, I turned 50 years old. That's supposed to a major milestone, an accomplishment. I suppose when one takes into account all the pain, suffering, and death in this world, it is. But for me, turning 50 just bought to the forefront a question that I've subconsciously asked myself for as long as I could remember; WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?
No Regard For Black Life
So I just watched the full Patrick Lyoya video on YouTube. To say that it was disturbing is an understatement. As I was watching it, I had to ask myself, Why do they keep killing us? The answer I came up with is this; they kill us because they don’t see us as being fully human. They never have. When a white police officer and even some Black police officers encounters a Black person, they already have a preconceived notion that we are dangerous, predatory individuals with intent to do them harm. We are all thugs and animals to them, regardless of how we present ourselves. The problem isn’t training; the problem is the MINDSET of most police officers against people of color. How many times have we heard recordings of officers using racial slurs, against Black people, or stating how they’re going to shoot at the first opportunity? Consider the rants of James Gilmore, Kevin Piner and Jesse Moore, who made statements about “killing fucking n*ggers, and wiping them off the face of the earth”, and then claimed it was just work stress. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident; a cursory Google search will pull up ALL KINDS of incidents like this. And while many officers may not be as over the top with their racism as these guys, you can bet that this is a prevailing attitude in MANY police departments, especially those that are predominantly white or located in Southern states.
Compassion or peace?
Everyone has someone that is close to them that is extremely toxic. Usually this person is really close, like a sibling or a cousin, or a friend that you grew up with. Now, conventional wisdom says that when someone is toxic, the best thing you can do is cut them off. But what if it’s not that simple? What if the toxic person in question is someone who you actually have an obligation to? Say for example, a family member who’s incarcerated, or a child, or a parent? What if this toxic individual is someone who may have a mental instability and can’t really control their toxicity? What if the individual in question is someone who, despite their toxicity, you feel genuine compassion for them? How do you handle a situation like this?
If there’s one thing that I have NO PATIENCE with, it’s Black people that side with white people over other Black people. Now, I know that’s a loaded statement, and it probably comes off as racist. But understand, Black and Brown people have been historically oppressed by whites for centuries. “Well, what if the Black person is wrong?” If the Black person is wrong, and there’s genuine PROOF, then I will concede the fact. But before I just unilaterally side with the white person, I need CONTEXT, and I need DETAILS. I don’t think I’m wrong in feeling this way, because this is how most whites react in situations involving other races, and often even after FACTS are exposed, they still take the side of their white brethren. Now, I won’t side with a Black person if it’s been PROVEN that they’re indeed wrong, regardless of the race of the others involved. I genuinely believe in truth and justice above all. But as a proud Black man, my default stance is to stand in solidarity with my people FIRST. I don’t think that’s wrong; I think it’s just nature to stand with your own first. In fact, I don’t even have an issue with WHITE nationalism at it’s core, because I believe in BLACK nationalism. My only issue with WHITE nationalism is that it often leads to Black and Brown OPPRESSION and WHITE SUPREMACY, whereas Black and Brown nationalism is usually just about protecting and building the interests of Black and Brown people. If White nationalism could operate devoid of WHITE SUPREMACY, then it would just be about looking after your own. However, we’ve seen historically that WHITE NATIONALISM and WHITE SUPREMACY are often one and the same. But back to my original statement…. nothing irks me more than Blacks who take up against their own. Blacks who constantly berate their own people publicly, who consistently talk down on their own people in white forums; I find them repulsive. As far as I’m concerned, they’re nothing more than buck dancing raccoons who should be shunned at all costs by the Black community. After all, they hate the skin they were born in anyway…..Lastly, for the record, to be PRO-Black doesn’t mean ANTI-White. I’m personally fine with White people as long as they’re fine with me. I judge an individual by merit and character, and I make it a point to treat people accordingly. But as a Black man, I just believe that I should inherently be FOR Black people. In order for Black people to move up in status in today’s society, we MUST learn how to present a unified front. We should NEVER come against one another in a public forum, unless there is absolute proof of error, and even then, it should be with the benefit of the doubt and with grace. For too long, one of the greatest assets that White exploiters have used to tear down people of color have been OTHER people of color all to willing to make a mockery of their own kind. These buck dancing raccoons often think that they are enlightened, and that they are shining examples of their race, when in reality, they are often ignorant bufoons, having not even fact checked the clownish statements that they often make. Yet the damage that they often do to our communities is irreparable, because the White community sees them as the representatives of what they think that people of color SHOULD be; “ If only all Black and Brown people were like this guy or this lady….”. As I said earlier, these traitors, especially the Black ones who’ve done so much damage with their ignorant rantings, should be shunned at all costs.