Generalizations and absolutes – Milwaukee community journal
There is a dearth of “good” black men. Most of them are either in prison, gay, or bow-wows.
Blacks operate on CP time; are always late and unprepared. (The revolution started at 8 a.m. sharp on June 19, 1976, but ended abruptly because everyone was late.)
Black women raise their daughters, but “love” their sons, who are more than likely to become dropouts, criminals and sperm donors.
Generalizations… Blacks don’t care about other blacks. We avoid unity, are more divided than any other ethnic group, and subscribe to the ‘barrel crab’ paradigm.
Absolute… All black women are sexually libertine, breed like rabbits, and lack a moral foundation.
Generalizations (oversimplifications) … Black companies are inept, disrespectful to their customers and lack credibility. All of them overcharge, sell faulty materials and are untrustworthy.
Absolutely… Black men prefer to hang out playing video games instead of working.
Generalizations (general statements)… Blacks are too naive to participate in the political process and must be pushed and coerced. They don’t hold politicians to account, are more in tune with symbolism than substance.
And oh yes, we have to have special accommodation because it is more difficult for us to get IDs than white people.
Generalization… All blacks have rhythm. But this gift from God does not help us walk in a straight line to the polling stations, a tortuous route to collect litter around our homes, or an indirect path to motivate our children to maximize their educational experience.
Absolute generalizations… We don’t value education. We are genetically inferior and need positive action to move forward.
Want to hide something from black people? Put it in a book.
Generalizations, generalizations, generalizations. Absolutes, absolutes, absolutes.
They define us, and most have become accepted stereotypes although generally false, if not blatantly deleterious.
My favorite generalizations start with “we don’t and if we (unite)”. My absolute favorite starts with “you, us, they never …”.
While some blacks are quick to disparage whites for uttering assorted G&As (generalizations and absolutes), few of us (another view) recognize that we contribute powerfully to ingrained stereotypes and preconceptions. We also do not recognize the impact of these G&As on our socio-economic and cultural status.
Seems like every day I hear a new generalization, often sandwiched between absolution and stereotyping.
(I took a break from writing this column to run to the bank, during which I listened to my fourth favorite local radio show — Tory Lowe on Truth 101.7 FM. I heard six generalizations in the 30 minutes of travel time, one absolute, three unreferenced “facts” and two unfounded statements.)
Excluding local and national radio talk shows featuring various radio revolutionaries, I make an average of two generalizations per day. In 47% of cases, at least one of these generalizations is sandwiched between an absolute or unfounded stereotype.
In far too many tribal homes, one in three ribbone sentences begins with “you never have” or “why can you never…”.
Most brothers ignore them, understanding sisters have been socialized by the media and best friends to come to terms with this absolute reality.
This is especially true when the woman is a product of the “mother-companion” syndrome.
Attention, another generalization.
A “mother-companion” is that sister who has raised her children mostly on her own. She was the head of the family and generally does not accept a role as a biblical nuclear family.
It’s not an absolute, but it comes close.
Absolutes are just as wrong as generalizations. They leave little room for logical discussion; they generalize without rationalization or data to back them up.
From a man’s perspective, hearing the other four letter word – “never” – there is no sense in offering a different perspective or reality. It is best to focus on this anatomical organ that Nyame gave exclusively to men for this purpose. (Adam’s apple, in case your mind is dirty.)
The alternative is an unnecessary fight, which will include another absolute: our supposed insensitivity to a woman’s needs.
Since black politicians are “never” available, responsible, or accommodating, why vote, attend a meeting supporting a bill, or contribute to their campaigns?
If you think about it carefully, you will recognize the dangers of generalizations and understand why they contribute, along with absolutes, to our socio-economic and cultural stagnation. And our self-hatred.
You may even discover the connection between our obsession with generalizations and how we are treated by the power structure, especially political establishments.
A strong argument can be made that both parties use a built-in excuse. They can justify their actions by announcing our generalizations.
Many of us are concerned about increased political polarization these days, not only because this paradigm is spurious, but because it closes the door on beneficial legislation requiring cooperation.
One example is former State Representative Jason Fields working with Republicans to advance legislation that benefits our tribe.
His reward was to be attacked and ostracized. The leadership of the Democratic Party actually conspired to overthrow him.
And many blacks – pawns in the partisan political chess game – have fallen in love with Okey-Doke.
That was a few years ago, and the polarization was nowhere near as bad as it is today.
The Trump administration’s flirtation with racists and white supremacists has created such a toxic atmosphere that being seen walking the same side of the street with a Republican can get you kicked out of the party or, as has said President Biden, lose your black card. .
Because of our generalizations about Republicans (they’re all racists, aren’t they?) Winning against a black Republican.
Culturally, generalizations and absolutes have created a level of dysfunction and pandemonium that has all but destroyed our value system, as well as the black nuclear family.
We are so confused that we call ourselves derogatory epithets, do not accept God / Nyame designed roles and terrorize our community.
For the record, generalizations are not the prerogative of the ignorant, the lower classes or the cultural naïve. We have all been conditioned to use them without thinking.
I have heard ministers preach them. Merchants say them frequently.
Many government educators do not teach our children because they believe that “poor” black children cannot be educated. I know black parents who feel the same way.
I once wrote about a black college professor who said he opposed the choice of school because black parents were too stupid to make informed decisions for their children.
The recently elected superintendent of the Ministry of Education said the same thing. And yet our Democratic Party “leaders” not only allocated nearly $ 1 million to her campaign, but openly encouraged naive blacks to vote for her.
Perhaps the worst and most debilitating generalization is that poor African Americans are happy to be victims; are unwilling to do what is necessary to improve their conditions.
We do not resist oppression, are not united, do not read, do not practice religious values, and are morally bankrupt. Oh yes, and let’s not ignore the recently accepted fact that women can replace men; in essence, that single parent households are apparently divinely preferable.
In fact, I agree with the generalizations – the fact – that you will never get “all black people to do anything except breathe and die.”
Since we were brought to this country in 1526 (not 1619, as you were told) most of the movements have been orchestrated by small groups, never the whole.
Nat Turner only led a handful of revolutionaries. Marcus Garvey rallied a percentage of frustrated African Americans to help buy the Black Star Lines.
Martin Luther King, Jr. led comparatively small armies in his civil rights campaigns.
The marches for open housing, which served as my initiation into the human rights war, only attracted a few thousand Black Milwaukeeans, as did the Coalition to Save North or Justice for Earnest Lacy.
The crusade to empower poor black and brown parents through the Milwaukee Parenting Choice Program began with a dozen people. It has grown considerably, but it was never even a majority that lifted the veil on educational apartheid and essentially created a national revolution.
While this is true, it should not be assumed that only a handful of black people oppose injustice or do nothing to change their situation.
If anything, we need to emphasize the positives and note the consensus.
FYI, there aren’t more black men in prison than in college.
As a group, we are not poor, spending over $ 4 billion on goods and services in Milwaukee each year.
Every day, thousands of black groups, whether they share a 40 around the corner, play bid-wist, or walk out of church, engage in conversations about the plight of blacks and how we can improve the quality of life for ALL black people.
While data from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee indicates that most black men between the ages of 18 and 55 are unemployed, nine in ten would like and aggressively seek a job.
Only a small percentage of us “live” on welfare or see it as an occupation.
We hate crime, don’t do drugs, don’t steal, know our neighbors, and find a way to support our families.
Granted, most of us don’t know all the words to the Black National Anthem, but that’s not a generalization. It is a fact.
And I can absolutely declare that we will never enter the Promised Land until we replace the missionary behind the wheel.