The Disregard of the Disregarded

‘E’/I have always been a socially-observant person.  Throughout the years, the observations have caused a myriad of reactions internally.  It ranges from happiness to contemplation to inspiration to perplexity to nausea to thoughts of reversible provisional suicide.  The main audience of my observations are people of the Afrikan Diaspora.  My movements as a so-called Pan Afrikanist would dictate such behaviour.

One of the main behaviours that I have witnessed, indirectly and directly, is the action of disrespect.  It manifests as name calling, lack of extension of certain courtesies, negative body language, unwillingness to share, unwillingness to engage in constructive communication and devaluing members of the group in which one belongs.  Sad, sad, sad! I am always mindful of brevity and conciseness in my writings.  The goal is to hit the points and the supportive readers continue personal enlightenment on subject-matter.

Introspection is mandatory for personal development.  One wrong reaction can cost you your freedom or life.  Introspection and honest analysis ensure an increase in self-worth.  The hurt and pain that many Black people are feeling today manifest as terrible abuses and violence.  Words can be just as, if not more, violent as punching or kicking someone.  Many of us are left with deeper impressions of hurtful words that were spewed.  Usually, the physical strikes heal properly with no sign of existing.  An extreme that has become a phenomenon in the Black community is death at the hands of someone you know.  Heated arguments, impulse, emotional triggers and low self-value have lead to many murders.  Wholly, it becomes a two-sided issue.  The perpetrator has little to no self-value and the victim has little to no self-value.

The onslaught of social media outlets and websites like WorldStarHipHop.com, TMZ, CNN, BET, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram have made it more convenient to observe the self-hatred and gross disrespect of Black people towards one another.  It is called “entertainment” now.  So, it moved from civic responsibility to pure entertainment.  Instead of assisting the person(s) that is being physically struck, it is more fun to film the incident.  In some instances, at least the “cameraman/woman” encourages the person winning the fight to stop or ask if the one losing is okay.  SMH  I am perturbed by the level of ignorance and complete apathy towards human life and wellness.  About a year ago, I made the conscious decision to not view any fight videos where Black people are fighting each other.  Honestly, it is very hurtful to view.  I feel the pain as an observer of persons who haven’t embraced self-love.  I do understand that self-love could be involvement in a fight to protect self or loved one.

The youth of today are bombarded with systemic racism, multitude of destructive propaganda, poor selection of food products/foods, broken homes and lack of sufficient parental/adult guidance.  The most popular way of dealing with the demands of modern life is self-medication.  A big part of youth culture is the consumption of alcohol and synthetic drugs.  The glorification is psychological mediation of justifying the use of harmful substances.  Anyone that knows ‘E’ know I am an advocate of youth development.  In many ways, my empathic nature goes into overdrive.  The pressures are real and overwhelming.  The eyes of the youth’s souls scream “I want discipline!”  But, it is rarely offered out of compassion, genuine concern, civic responsibility and pure love.

We are born with a conscience connected to the soul of man.  It governs what is perceived as “right” and “wrong”.  There is NO immunity for anyone that does not have extensive mental underdevelopment.  This includes the youth.  We are responsible for our actions (unless there is a lack of true cognizance in the given moment).  At a certain point in time, abusing your wonderfully made machine called a ‘human body’ is inexcusable.  Yes, Black people suffer deeply in the United States of America (this nation being the primary focus for this post).  The list of abuses are innumerable.  Yet, our heritage encourages us to call on those who have lived and transitioned from planet Earth.  They are referred to “ancestors” or “angels”.  Regrettably, the severe disconnect from our ancestral and cultural lineages have made this a foreign concept.  Furthermore, our brains must employ unbiased, multifaceted cognitive processing for concise examination of the nuances within the challenges we face.

It is understood that long-term stress and tension cause many undesired results.  It ranges from neurological unease, physical disease, social ineptness, interrupted sleep patterns and many other things.  In order for the “disregarded” group to learn how to regard the others of same said group, you must think before you speak/act.  The cause of blatant disrespectful actions and behaviours is directly linked to compounded stress and tension offered by modern society.  The act of projection is not the best way to deal.  Help can be sought in discussion groups, physical activities (sports), involvement in reflective verbal and situational (hypothetical) exercise, listening to one’s self as you speak and asking how one feels after engagement in communications with you.  Be mindful.  Place yourself in the recipient’s place.  If you have a “ah ha” moment, then great.  Your conscience is still alive and there is hope for personal reform.  If you have a genuine “I don’t care” response internally, then more support is needed.  We should never reach the point where we genuinely don’t care about someone.  I know this is a difficult feat, especially when you live in an urban center like New York City.  I have become jaded a few times in my adult life.  But, I realized that I had to put in the hard work of freeing myself from jadedness.  Now, I have acquired even greater respect for others and Black community at-large.

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The Fear of Organic Masculinity

There has been a lot of talk lately about the disconnect of older and younger generations.  I believe it is painfully apparent.  In the latest post at Easpoet’s Blog, I will not delve into that topic.  But, I would like to share personal experiences that serve as supporting evidence of the tragic nature of a non-communicative community of souls.

I have worked with youth in varying capacities, throughout the years.  One of the many things I enjoy in the line of “work” (actually, I see it as a responsibility) is the level of honesty within children.  Yesterday, I was fulfilling my duties as volunteer at a local Brooklyn nonprofit.  A fellow volunteer suggested that the male child work with me.  He refused.  Then, a female child interjected by saying “I don’t wanna work with him either. He scares me!  His voice is too deep!”  That moment alone sparked deep thoughts surrounding the embrace, or the lack thereof, of organic masculinity.

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Unfortunately, yesterday’s sentiments were not the first time I’ve encountered a great uneasiness from children.  From late teens until present times, my face has carried a significant amount of facial hair.  Generally, small children under 5 would be alarmed by seeing facial hair on a man.  Strange, huh?! I have realized that a cultural norm in USA is shaving.  It is an activity I have despised and disturbs my skin health (an ongoing problem for men of deep color).  USA’s “culture” strongly discourages facial hair in many segments of society.  Within the last three years, a man sporting a beard has been an expression “okay’d” by the dictates of fashion trending.  Is this move ‘organic’ or ‘inorganic’, though?

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Now, I will delve into entertainment for a moment.  Let us take a moment to reflect on the most popular male entertainers from the preceding sixty (60) years.  Names like James Brown, Chuck Berry, Michael Jackson, Prince, David Bowie, Marvin Gaye, John Lennon should have come to mind.  All were/are considered groundbreaking artistes for different reasons.  Allow your mind to see where I am going with this.  The common denominator is each entertainer had an overt feminine presence/presentation.  You may wonder why Marvin Gaye’s name appeared.  He was included for the same reasons as Michael Jackson, Prince and John Lennon.  These men had higher than normal singing voices.  The recording industry discovered a way to neutralize or cancel any overt masculine expressions within these men.  Please know that the assessment is not a personal attack on any of these men.  Unfortunately, they were products of manipulation of money-worshiping record executives.  Each man had millions of female fanatics.  Do women actually appreciate organic masculinity?

I continue to use United States of America as prime cultural example for a reason.  This nation’s influence in the world has been incredible.  In my opinion, it is not a good thing.  Many people global emulate the latest American cultural exports.  I would say the cultural import responsible for this is european societal norms.  As one may flip through photographs and paintings of men from greco-roman, british, pre-medieval, medieval and modern times, it becomes quite difficult to make a distinction between a male and female.  According to my knowledge, this is very intentional.  Again, I am not attacking european culture, per se.  I am providing my understanding of a lack of traits deemed masculine.  The misconstrued history books that many of us have read states that european settlers (British, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch) founded the new land to become known globally as ‘United States of America’.  So….there you have it! The revelation has come on the reason why european culture has such prevalence in USA. ( a little humor, I hope.)

As this post scoffed at the current trend of big beards among men, there is another component that thinks positively.  I am happy with the fact that men are allowing the natural growth of facial and body hairs.  In opposition to, I do find it appalling that the crazed, psychotic fashion committee of the world has to give its “stamp of approval”.  Come on, men!  Allow testosterone and hormones do its biological/physiological duties.

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In conclusion, I am full support of the new age movements that have been happening globally/cosmically.  The influx of corrective, healing and balancing energies on planet Earth are most necessary for the continuation of life.  I am certain that EVERYONE is feeling and observing the differences in life’s requirements.  Masculinity, as it once was known in USA, was drenched in discrimination, privilege, imbalance, flared ego, misogyny, disrespect, dogma and lack of spirituality.  Now, masculinity must balance and be a full understanding with proper use and application of feminine energies.  Once the balance is in place with each individual, then fear shall subside.

The Dropping of Many Bombs

[Warning:  This blog contains language that may be inappropriate for persons under 18 years and those sensitive to concise truths.]

Greetings E as Poetlove Water Supporters,

I hope you guys haven’t pulled out too many hairs, since you have not been able to read a new blog post in some time from me.  Well, those hair follicles can go back into repair mode.  I have the responsibility of living life more for others than self.  If it is was solely for self, I would have checked out of this planet a couple of decades ago.  I despise what I see and have experienced, directly and indirectly.  And, I get to share it in this blog.  YAY!!!!!

Brace yourself…I am letting loose!  It is clear that the world is severely out-of order.  “Adults” microwaving children. “Adults” neglecting their responsibility to raise children.  “Adults” producing master scheme to make rich richer and the poor poorer.  “Adults” creating wars to generate revenue through the channel of death and destruction.  “Adults” behaving like 16 years old when they are 45+.  “Adults” who are not educators sitting on Board of Education misguiding and misappropriating a pedagogical landslide for the dumbing down of children.

You may have noticed a running theme.  I used the term ‘adults’ in quotations.  The world is fucked up because of the “adults”.  How do blame youth for being out of control when you are responsible for imparting wisdom and guidance? You, “adult”, are not doing this.  How does society just happen to become one of extremely low moral and demonic/evil praise?  Oh, the “adults” are so busy chasing paper money that ain’t backed by shit!  How do you continuously reminisce about past times and a strong sense of community, yet, you allowed gentrifiers/developers literally come into your established neighborhoods for a complete takeover?  Now, how in the fuck you expect youth to observe and feel the effects of your negligence and constant disrespect towards them/self, and, then, become compelled to honestly respect you?  The “adults” are the reason why Mother Earth is going ballistic to save herself from the dumb ass huemans/humanoids. Lastly, to the old fuckers (male and female) that always trying to fuck young people because it is a predatory setup….STOP IT!!!!  They don’t need lovers.  They need guides and teachers.  Again, the “adults” dirt from past generations are manifesting now.  Gain some self-control.  The worst thing to observe is an “adult” that lacks self-control.

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Solutions:  Humble yourself!  Forgo your pride and fragile egos!  Apologize to the youth!  Make amends! Get over your petty differences with neighbors/friends/family/co-workers!  Keep abreast of community developments and be proactive in protecting your respective communities!  Assume position as adult, not competitor to a 12-year old, socially and mentally!  Mentor youth of whom you feel a special connection (it will be greatly appreciated)!

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Thank you for your time!  If anyone has any qualms or questions about this blog post, you may leave an honest comment or email me at easpoet@gmail.com.

Respect as the Disguise

One of the biggest media reports this week was the visit of President and First Lady Obama to Saudi Arabia. The controversy is that First Lady Michelle Obama did not cover her hair, in compliance with cultural tradition.  Although her garments fully covered all areas of skin (except the neck), this was considered disrespectful.  It is very interesting that an Arab-run, Islamic country would deem something/someone culturally disrespectful.  Let us assess the Sudanese invasion by Islam/Arabs.

First, the name is Sudan is Arabic.  The original name of the nation was Khush (Kush).  Both names mean “land of the Blacks”.  Khush (Kush) is culturally correct.  ‘Sudan’ is the result of colonialism.  There are countless examples of how Arabs have exercised cultural imperialism, in name of religion.  How about the entire North African region (to include Eritrea)?  If you look at the average Eritrean, you can clearly see strong Arabian connection (genetically).  Why was it necessary for Eritrea to break away from Ethiopia? Why was it necessary for South Sudan to break away from the remainder of the nation?  Why was Darfur such a long-running, “successful” war?  The answer is within the common denominator…Arab presence! Respect is cyclical.

You can proclaim peace until you turn blue, green and orange, simultaneously.   The fact of the matter is peace is a state of being/existence.  It does not turn off because one decides not to follow traditions that apply to a respective ethnic group.  Although I am well aware of President Obama’s Islamic upbringing, I am glad that First Lady Michelle Obama did what she did.  I am certain that the intention was without disrespect.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/01/27/michelle-obama-forgoes-a-headscarf-and-sparks-a-backlash-in-saudi-arabia/

Note:  I used an article posted by Washington Post for the sake of credibility to some of Easpoet’s blog followers.  The views in the article do not necessarily reflect those of E as Poetlove Water.

The purpose of the blog is to examine the nuances within current society (which usually has a historical stem).  I like to provide enough rhetoric and information that serves as a catalyst for one to further examine the subject-matter.  I do not claim to be an expert.  I do claim to be an imaginative realist.  One of the personal focuses I have had on life is to get to the core of any/every issue that directly and indirectly affects me and my people.  I would urge you to explore the dynamics of living for indigenous peoples in Arab/Islamic-colonized communities.  The torturous aspects of the religion are not only played out through terroristic-suicidal missions, but disparities in education, lack of food and enslavement.

Let’s not allow the corporate-controlled media outlets (Fox, CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, MSN, etc.) to be our brain!  Until next time…

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