The Misguided Perception of “Self Hate:” (Part 2 of 3)

The Misguided Perception of “Self Hate:” How this Term Leaves Black America Dazed and Confused

By: Melvin D. Whitlock

A Flawed Perspective on Loyalty

In my opinion, the new concept of self-love and self-hate championed by self-appointed liberal black leaders is a concept that promotes unconditional loyalty to questionable situations, as long as there is an agenda to be gained. The following examples represent a corruptive racial loyalty that was sparked by those seeking to make political gains for themselves and their party, and not for the gain of righteousness and community justice. I recognize that what I am about to state will grip the emotions of many; however, I remind the reader that my message is an attempt to justify and confront the reality of each situation.

  • Rodney King and the L.A. Riots of 1992
    • Cause and Effect

                                                    i.     While driving with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit for the State of California, Rodney King led the L.A.P.D. on an eight mile pursuit, which ranged in speeds of 55-110mph (Linder, UMKC, 1992).

                                                  ii.     Rodney King was the victim of a terrible act of police brutality in the aftermath of the pursuit, and as a result, the four officers involved with King’s beating were charged with assault. All four officers were acquitted or could not be convicted due to a hung jury, and as a result, violent riots erupted in the City of Los Angeles  (Oliver, University of Wisconsin, 2002)

  • Confronting the Reality

                                                    i.     -There is little dispute from me that the assault against Rodney King, along with the acquittal of his perpetrators, reflects injustice in the most clear of form, and my observation of the King assault is not to desensitize the injustice done against King. With that said, Rodney King is far from a martyr and a victim of circumstance. Not only were King’s actions of driving intoxicated and leading the police on a high speed chase are non-commendable; furthermore, as evidenced in the King riots, I believe that it is backwards to cause over one-billion dollars in destruction to one’s own community as a means of seeking justice for the same community (Oliver, University of Wisconsin, 2002).

  • The O.J. Simpson Verdict 1995
    • Cause and Effect

                                                    i.     After learning that he, Simpson, was a suspect in the deaths of his estranged wife Nicole Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman, O.J. Simpson led the L.A.P.D. on a fifty-mile low speed pursuit. Simpson, who was known to have been physically abusive to his wife in the past, wrote a suicide note and threatened to kill himself throughout the entire pursuit. (Newman and Hubler, L.A. Times, 1994)

                                                  ii.     Without question, I believe the evidence in the Simpson case was poorly handled by the investigators involved; nonetheless, the general consensus after Simpson’s acquittal was that he was guilty of murder (Gallup-CNN Poll, 1995).

  • Confronting Reality

                                                    i.     Despite the general perception of Simpson’s guilt, many in the black community, led by self-appointed liberal black leadership, rejoiced at the acquittal of Simpson, in my opinion, as a racial atonement for unfair verdicts of the past (Gamerman, Baltimore Sun, 1995). The O.J. Simpson trial did nothing for the advancement of fairness in justice, but instead, proved that injustice knows no one racial barrier.

  • Stanley “Tookie” Williams Execution 2005
    • Cause and Effect

                                                    i.     In 1969, Stanley Williams and Raymond Washington co-founded one of the deadliest gangs in California, ‘The Crips of Los Angeles’ (Delbarco, NPR, 2005).

                                                  ii.     In 1979, Williams was convicted of murdering four people in cold-blood and sentenced to death. Although Williams maintained his innocence until his death, the evidence against Williams, along with key witnesses, was overwhelming of his guilt (Cooley, LACDA, 2005, pg. 4-7). Years following his conviction and sentencing, Williams rejected many plea deals to assist in gang activity that could have saved dozens of lives

                                                 iii.     Years after his conviction and sentencing, Williams rejected many pleas by the LAPD to help assist in stopping gang activity that could have saved a number of lives (Cooley, LACDA, 2005, pg. 44). Eventually Williams denounced his gang loyalty, and authored several children’s books. As the execution date of Williams approached, he received unwavering black support from the entertainment community (AP, MSNBC, 2005).

  • Confronting Reality

                                                    i.     I commend Mr. Williams on his conversion shortly before his execution in 2005; however, that does not excuse Williams’s guilt in the murder of four people, and his co-founding of a deadly gang that has claimed the lives of so many more.

  • Duke Lacrosse Rape Case-Crystal Mangum 2006
    • Cause and Effect

                                                    i.     In March of 2006, Crystal Mangum, a stripper, was hired to perfom at a party thrown by two white Duke Lacrosse players. After the party, Mangum alleged that she had been raped by several members of the Duke Lacrosse team (Katz, CBS News, 2010).

                                                  ii.     As Ms. Mangum’s testimony became inconsistent with each interview, the case against the Duke Lacrosse players was dropped. Despite the faulty testimony of Ms. Mangum, Jesse Jackson, offered full support in demanding that the Duke Lacrosse players be brought to justice for what he claimed was “more evidence that violence occurred to her then she’d the lead of a hoax” (Jackson, AP, 2006).  In addition to offering emotional support, Jackson extended himself and his organization to providing financial support to Ms. Mangum (Jackson, AP, 2006).

  • Confronting Reality

                                                    i.     Today, Ms. Mangum is currently serving jail time for the stabbing death of her boyfriend. I mention Ms. Mangum’s current state of incarceration, not as a means to demonize her accusation, but instead, to show the contradictory support given to her by those who supported her claim. When certain individuals found that there was no agenda to be gained, I would not be surprised if many promises given to Ms. Mangum were reneged.

  • Jena Six 2006
    • Cause and Effect

                                                    i.     In December of 2006, six black teenagers were arrested for assaulting a white school-mate at Jena High School in Jena, Louisiana. One of the assailants, a seventeen year-old, was initially charged with attempted murder in the second degree (McGill, Huffington Post, 2008).

                                                  ii.     Outrage at the verdict of the seventeen year-old quickly spread nationally, and many liberal black leaders rallied in support of the six assailants. Al Sharpton championed his message of “No Justice, No Peace” in anger against the Jena judicial system. Democrats House members John Conyers and Sheila Jackson-Lee, called on then Louisiana governor, Democrat Kathleen Blanco, to pardon the young men for their role in the incident altogether:

“They and their families have suffered enough, as has the State of Louisiana and the town of Jena…” (Sheila Jackson-Lee, Letter Urging the Pardon of Jena Six, December 2007)

Typically one student being jumped by six other students is nothing to be cheered; however, BET allowed two of the six assailants to be special presenters at their 2007 awards ceremony for their role in the assault (Bennett, NPR, 2007).

  • Confronting Reality

i.          Regardless if one agrees with the sentencing of someone or not, the day that people ask for pardons or reward acts of violence, is the day that America and especially the black community, loses its moral merit. What these young men did was wrong, and although being charged with murder is excessive, being hailed as heroes and victims of circumstance is, in my opinion, detrimental to self-evaluating our communities.

The five incidents above are clear indicators of a one-sided support system that is reinforced through racial merits, but void of racial accountability. In each incident mentioned above, all presumed victims of circumstance or victims of injustice, have since had numerous run-ins with law enforcement. Does the fact that these men and woman having legal issues after their popularized incidents suggest that there was no fault done against them? No; however, it brings to the attention the importance of accountability of actions. The post records of each of these individuals also brings to question the record of the self-appointed leadership in the black community, and their ability to assemble the masses for an agenda, yet neglect the necessity of accountability. I make the case with this revelation that black America, as a whole, must begin to individualize its support base in order to sustain self-integrity.

Part 3 Tomorrow “The Real Concept of Self Hate-According to Melvin”

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About sswimp

I am not an "African-American'. I am a proud American, who happens to be of African descent. I am Christian. My personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the Word of God shapes my concepts of what it means to be a conservative. I am Pro Life. Devoted to the principles of free enterprise, limited government,and individual responsibility. I believe in the sanctity of marriage between a man and woman.
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2 Responses to The Misguided Perception of “Self Hate:” (Part 2 of 3)

  1. plr says:

    plr gday,
    just found you on msn. Good write-up, I was just thinking around something comparable. May possibly start blogging myself! Kudos plr

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