Black Heroics are Newsworthy?! Nope, Black Negativity is!

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It never ceases to amaze me how the crimes, violence, buffoonery and stereotypical acts committed by African Americans get broadcasted and disseminated rapidly. However, the great acts of bravery, triumph, heroics, and success shown by African Americans hardly gets into the news and is often unknown. Why? Because Media is controlled by those who only want to portray a negative image of us.

I go into detail on media control in my post here https://blackwomenwhoknowtheirworth.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/the-portrayal/

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Antoinette Tuff

Antoinette Tuff is a bookkeeper at the  Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy in Decatur,Georgia. Her fast thinking and bravery prevented a school shooting from happening. Without her quick and courageous actions another Sandy Hook incident could have occurred, and many children’s lives could have been lost.

On Tuesday, Michael Brandon Hill, 20, slipped into the school behind someone who was buzzed in. He entered, Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy, an elementary school from pre- kindergarten to fifth grade armed with an AK- 47 and other weapons.

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Michael Brandon Hill, school shooter.

Hill then went into the administration office and demanded to get near the children. Tuff refused to allow him near the kids. Hill then told Tuff that he was planning to die and wanted to get the news there. Tuff convinced him to stop his mission of death and give up his weapon by talking to him.

In an interview with Diane Sawyer Tuff recalls that “He had a look on him that he was willing to kill.” “He said that he didn’t have any reason to live and that he knew he was going to die today.” “I knew that if he got out that door he was gonna kill everybody.”

Tuff calmed Hill down by telling him about the problems in her life. She is heard on 911 tapes telling Hill “Don’t feel bad, baby.” “My husband just left me after 33 years…I’ve got a son that’s multiple disabled.”  “It’s all going to be well.”

She then relayed to the 911 operator she was talking to for over 20 minutes, that “He said he don’t care if he dies, he don’t have nothing to live for. He said he’s not mentally stable.”

Tuff talked to and calmed Hill down, while informing the 911 operator of his actions. Talking to Hill enabled police to safely evacuate  students and teachers from the building. Outside students and teachers boarded school buses that took them to a nearby Wal-Mart, where they could meet their families.

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Children boarding the buses to Wal-Mart.

Tuff’s calming of Hill’s rage continued as she asked him to put his weapon and backpack on the ground. He complied after a short shoot out with the police, where there were no casualties.

This can be attributed to the quick and fearless thinking of Antoinette Tuff. Authorities later revealed that Hill was carrying 500 rounds of ammunition. He could have killed many innocent lives, if it was not for Hill and her bravery.

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Hill with a gun.

This story has not been widely spread. Sure there are a few articles written about it. However, it will NEVER, get the mass dissemination throughout the country the way negative news about African Americans does.

There are a few reasons why this is so. Besides the negative portrayal of African Americans in media, there is also the people in the situation. You have a black woman who rescued black children from a white perpetrator. Lets examine this.

Black women are one of the most, if not the most discriminated against oppressed people. Our lives are plagued with a double dose of racism and sexism. Our weakness, and ability to be used is perpetuated in media, television, movies and our daily encounters. where we have to let people know…. “I AM NOT that F*C*ING stereotype. Yes, black women we have all been through it.

Black children are not cared about in America. We live in a country where we make up less than half of the population., but over 50% of our children go missing without follow up. Our children are killed without any reports, or police work done to find them. It is just believed and accepted that black children go missing and it is okay. SMDH! Now, you know I do not believe in statistics, but having a few friends who work in the police department and doing research of my own, I know that most black children missing are not found.

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Jordan Davis(R) and Trayvon Martin(L). Both teens were unarmed, but killed anyway.

Our children are killed and it is deemed okay and acceptable in the legal system. The lives of black children mean nothing to America. Unless… Unless black children are being saved by some amazing good ole white person who has welcomed the world of intellect and prosperity into the lives of less fortunate urban children. America always loves a good charity story where whites are the ones giving back, taking a pay cut, adopting and traveling to 3rd world countries. You know the speal of white charity, and the “oh I help minorities I do not uphold white supremacy”, stuff. Its kind of similar to the “I have black friends, I am not racist,” statement. You see, a part of white supremacy is receiving gratifaction that the lives of people you deem inferior can only have elevation in their lives, if you are in it and help them. As well  the fact that minorities can only succeed so far, without their help.

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Angelina Jolie and her adopted African daughter Zahara.

Then, there’s the fact that the shooter was a white man. This is an image that is often attributed to school shooters. However, his gender and race guarantees him the usual cop outs. He “had a troubled life.” “He suffers from mental disorders” “He has had a lot of emotional difficulty.” “He had a horrible childhood.” These scenarios are experienced by numerous black men and women, however we can never use these phrases as copouts. We are termed as violent, gangsters, whores, victimizers, etc.

Believe it family. The language and actions change depending on the gender and race of the characters involved. I say this all to express that our depiction is controlled by those who want us to look and be categorized as stereotypical, violent driven buffoons, who are in need of help and guidance by white people. That is how it always is. How many movies, ads, shows, celebrities push this agenda. Thats it. It is an agenda. Open your eyes and see it.

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The movie “The Help,” where a nice white person who cares about black people helps them out and elevates their troubles. SMH!

I applaud Antoinette Tuff and her actions of bravery. She is a resounding message that we black people, specifically black women are not the depiction of negativity that surround us. We are courageous, powerful and capable. We can accomplish and do great things without charity. Sister Tuff, I am giving your time to shine with this article. I am implanting your name and image in the minds of my readers and others, for we should all know about amazing women like you who everyday change the lives of others, and do great things.

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You know thats right, black women.

Family, we are all like Antoinette Tuff. We do not have to fulfill the negative portrayal that is spread of us. We fulfill our destines, and demonstrate who we are. Do not let the perpetuation be you, be the one who disproves the lies at every turn. -M. Millie

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Antionette Tuff

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She had a Baby, Congratulations! Why do you care again?

So she had a baby I do not care, why do you?

Yes, Kim Kardashian had a baby today. Congratulations to her. Having a baby is a beautiful and special gift. Social media is buzzing about this news and I understand why. She is a celebrity. She is famous, for whatever reason. However, why do we African Americans care?

The question here lies, why are black outlets,. facebook pages, and media reporting her child’s birth. Yes, I remember that she is having a baby with Kayne West. However, the focus the black community has one this non black woman is overwhelming.

Why is her life and story news for us? Why do we care? There is a black woman named Marissa Alexander who is spending 20 years in prison for a non violent offense. Why aren’t we rallying and talking about her?

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The constant portrayal and discussion of  Kim Kardashian in a positive, enviable way are a continued trend of black America glorifying this white woman and other white women like her.

Beyonce had a child as a married woman. However, she was ridiculed during her pregnancy and after. There were rumors of her having a fake birth. There were rumors that she did not have the baby. There have even been rumors saying the baby is ugly. Who calls a baby ugly? SMH! That child is gorgeous.

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Many of these rumors were fabricated and spread by our own community. We did not welcome Beyonce’s pregnancy or give her positive attention the way we have Kim Kardashian. Why? That is because no matter how much we love Beyonce she is not a white woman like Kim Kardashian, and many of us blacks have the indoctrinated belief and practice of worshipping non black women.

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Now before, I get called a hater. I am not HATING on her. I believe that it is a talent to become rich and famous for having no talent. She is talented for she is another white woman who has played the fem fatale, oh woe is me, card to get a fan base. Yes, her privilege of whiteness has helped her of course. The blindness and promote of White America, has also helped her as well. However, she has “hob knobbed”, made connections and used publicity as a way to be one of the most popular people, today.

What bothers me is the worship. The worship of the black community of people like Kim Kardashian. She is not a black woman. She is not even someone who cares about the black struggle, besides the obvious, her spouse choices.

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There are so many black woman who accomplish great feats and do so much everyday, who do not get recognized. If these women do get recognized, their stories do not get shared with the same ferocity as Kim K’s life and story. Fame is just one part of it but worship is the bigger part of it. Our admiration for Kim K overextended our pride for our people.

We black people have always focused on people outside of our community more than those inside of it. Yes, it’s that Willie Lynch, slave mentality, self-hatred combo that seems to always stifle our development.

Our worth, our being and who we are CANNOT, be mirrored against a mirror of unattainable, and undeniable self hatred. Many black women want to be this woman. They want her body. Umm, we have had Real, hips, lips, but and hair since the beginning of time. Next! We need to learn to love and appreciate who we are and those like us who have risen against all.

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We need to see role models in our communities, who look like us, who come from our struggle and know what we are and are capable of as people to admire. These people do not have to necessarily be famous, There are black woman everyday, locally, who are teachers, police officers, politicians, lawyers, etc. who cultivate the contemporary accomplishments of black woman.

Lets appreciate these women. Lets remember these women, and stop the worshiping of who are not US. Lets  be proud of ourselves and proud of our people. ~Know Your Worth~ -M. Millie

 

Are you a Queen or a Bad Bitch? Your choice.

BITCH!!! Who are you calling a bitch? I am not a bitch. I am a Black Woman. I am a woman of immense worth. I am a Queen!

too many bitchesI have never understood why the word bitch has been used to describe women. I am not a female dog. I do not care how unreasonable or annoying I may be at the time. Calling me a female dog is the ultimate disrespect to me. Now, many women have done what many have tried to do with the N- word. Many women now have tried to change the negative meaning and connotations associated with the word bitch. They have embraced the word bitch as a positive word or compliment. They now call themselves “bad bitches.” This word is supposed to be a way of them complementing themselves. I guess “bad bitch” is supposed to mean hot or sexy.

What happened to just saying I am hot and sexy? Why are we getting the name for a female dog added to the way we compliment ourselves and each other. I am sorry to break it to you ladies, but calling yourself a bad bitch is calling yourself a bad female dog. I do not get it ladies.

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I would never call myself a bad bitch. I would also never disrespect my fellow black women by calling them a bitch, or compliment them by calling them a bad bitch. It is a hateful word that has for years been used to disseminate misogyny, hate and the degradation of women. Why use a word built on so much hate to compliment yourself? Think about it ladies. it does not add up.

The adjectives, I use to describe myself are beautiful, intelligent, determined, motivated, queen who believes in herself and knows her worth.

awakenLadies, you deserve to be respected by all. You also need to know how to respect yourself. There are far more respectful ways for you to compliment yourself, for others to compliment you and for you to compliment others. Describe yourself the way you should be and present your beauty as one solidified on knowing you are worth respect and good treatment. -M. Millie

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