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New York doesn’t care about Black People

No, I do not mean New York of Flavor of Love fame. I mean New York City, and more specifically, the New York Police Department. 

While it’s not very shocking or surprising (we tend to have severely low expectations of the NYPD), it is disgusting and saddening to hear stories like that of Ramona Moore. What’s also unsurprising is the lack of media coverage surrounding this issue. Had it not been for my regular blog-trolling, I certainly wouldn’t have gotten this information from my local (big city) news or even CNN. Check out the story below of this young Black woman who went missing and the NYPD ignored her mother’s plea for help. Ramona Moore was tortured and killed in a Brooklyn basement, spurring her mother into action. Elle Carmichael, her mother, is bringing a federal civil rights claim against the NYPD, alleging that the Department has a “practice of not making a prompt investigation of missing-persons claims of African-Americans, while making a prompt investigation for white individuals.” The story comes by way of the Village Voice:

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Reason #28,475 we should limit foreign adoptions:

Swiped from Carolina alum and blog sensation B. Scott of ‘Love, B. Scott’ (aw, I remember when he was just a freshman, eating in Lenoir Hall!). Yet another example of how white folks are bugging out in foreign countries like kids in a candy store. It’ll be just their luck that they’ll name the lil’ negro Dunk and play basketball about as well as Barack Obama bowls. 

Say What?! Spencer To Name Child ‘Dunk’

+ May 6, 2008

Spencer and Heidi at Kentucky Derby 2008Love muffins we have a picture here of Spencer and Heidi from MTV’s The Hills at the Kentucky Derby. I’m surprised they can be caught taking a picture without a foot in their mouth. Recently the two were on The Tyra Banks Show.

“I always wanted to name my child ‘Dunk’. We were probably going to do it if we adopt an african baby because he will probably end up being tall, so we’ll name him ‘Dunk’”. 

Let me take a pause to breath…take me higher lord! Some people think that adopting children overseas are a fad and the “hot” thing to do right now. If you are going to help them, then help them – do not adopt a child to gain status amongst celebrities. Jesus take the wheel before I mollywop these people. Thoughts?

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“… you need more people.”* © Jay-Z

I’m going to say it straight up: I don’t believe white people** when they tell me they like my hair when I wear it natural. Let me explain.

By natural I mean in it’s normal, non-straightened, sans chemical state. Usually, I wear my hair pressed straight courtesy of the Dominicanas at Nuevo Estilo on 6th & Hunting Park. Every now and then, I get tired of that and want to go back to basics. 

Strangely enough, white people as a whole have not yet gained an understanding of the complexities of Black hair. Ask any Black woman and she’s bound to have a “hair story” about how some co-worker or classmate asked her some moronic question about their extensions or braids or afros or waves or … you get the point. 

Back to me, though. Thursday I changed my hair and wore a curly ‘fro. About 6 people came up to me and remarked “I like your hair like that.” Now, you might say “Bourgie, you’re bugging! They just like your hair!” To that, I’ll say ok, maybe 2 of them really did. The other 4 just wanted to REMARK and NOTICE my hair verbally and the only way to do so without sounding stupid in your own mind is to compliment. Sometimes they’re just so clueless of how to sit comfortably in a room with a person who is no afraid to let their hair be natural, they just HAVE to speak. How do I know these aren’t real compliments? Because it’s not simply “I like your hair,” but add a silly smile, awkward approach and additional comment like “lookin’ real ‘soul sistah’ today.” 

Vomit.

Then you get the uber white liberals who want so desperately to let you know that they love your big ol’ afro to add to their I-am-so-progressive-and-open-to-other-ethnicities-and-not-bound-by-Western-standards-of-beauty identity. 

You can’t deny that folks of any race often equate a natural hairstyle with certain politics, temperaments and ideas. They think you’re militant or angry or boho. Dare I harken to OutKast/Andre 3000, “…is every nigga with dreads for the cause? …Naw.”***  I’m not wearing a freakin’ costume here, people. 

Look, I’m not extra sensitive, but I know bullshit when I smell it.

 

*See Jay-Z - The Takeover
**Clearly I am generalizing here.
***See OutKast - Aquemini

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