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 HOUSE NEGRO OR FIELD NEGRO? WHY BLACKS CAN'T HAVE A CIVIL DEBATE (1181 hits)
January 25, 2013
by Kirsten West Savali

While perusing several of the hundreds of Django Unchained conversations happening on social media, I began to get this nagging feeling that just wouldn’t go away. It had nothing to do with the hatred hurled at Spike Lee or the brittle enthusiasm over Quentin Tarantino. It didn’t have anything to do with the film’s slant towards colorism and depiction of the White-Savior Complex as heroism — or even why the Tupac song at the end stopped right when I was getting into it.

All of that faded in light of the revelation that we — as in black descendants of slaves in America — converse as if we hate each other.

*And please skip the “Who is we?” question. If it’s not for you, the browse button is that way.*

Sambo, coon, n!&&#^, n!&&#a, and Uncle Tom have all been spoken with such a deep-seated hatred and resentment that I have literally recoiled from my screen at times — in disbelief, in dismay, in sadness. And it’s not just Django; any conversation that involves race spirals out of control so swiftly it’s as combustible as a lit match on gasoline. I asked myself, “Why are we using plantation language to insult one another?” “Why are all these black people fighting over a white man’s rendition of slavery, or a black woman sleeping with a white man (see: Scandal); or the infallibility (or cultural mirage) of a black president?” And the answer is simple:

Because some of us are still slaves.

Oh, the shackles aren’t there — for those of us not in the Prison Industrial Complex — but the damage has been done. And we are still divided into a contemporary version of what Ancestor Malcolm called House Negroes and Field Negroes.

There are those who have the mistrust and discernment of the field slave. They dig deep for motivation, intent, lurking dangers. Because of this, their vantage point is both clearer and cloudier than one “on the inside” and they are willing to do whatever it takes to get away from the Big House. Which leads us to the house slave. They may know what field slaves go through on a daily basis, but by virtue of something as arbitrary as genetics, they are able to distance themselves from the brutality, the blatant degradation — and because of proximity, their vision of freedom is not to flee the Big House, but to one day own the Big House.

This dichotomy dictates that we must be at odds for an inherently racist system to survive. Descendants of field slaves and house slaves don’t want to join forces because we’re so determined to prove to White America how un-alike we are that we’re afraid to be seen on common ground even for a minute. So while on the surface it may appear that we’re arguing over Scandal or Obama or Django, what the field slaves want to broadcast is that they’re not sell-outs and the house slaves are telecasting that they’ve bought in.

Am I lying?

We have to face it, people. “Even our conditioning has been conditioned.” And when people — like myself — bring it to the forefront, I get criticized for being divisive. Hell, we’re divided. And how else can we come together if we don’t first figure out why we’re apart? My motto for 2013 is:

Let’s be real so we can heal.

To begin the healing process, we need to talk to each other. And to do that , we have to stop attacking each other, so I’ve listed points to help us on the road to getting there.

1.) We are not enemies.

We may not all be friends, but we are not yet enemies. Speaking to another person with respect, even if you disagree with their opinion, goes a long way to ensuring a productive, mutually beneficial conversation.

2.) People may not always remember what you said, but they remember how you made them feel.

Dr. Maya Angelou had it right. If you approach a conversation as if you’re going into combat, people are going to put on their armor. If you attack, people are going to defend. Put people at ease and you’d be surprised what you can learn from each other.

3.) Everyone’s opinion has value.

If your goal is to prove how right, or smart, or “better” you are, walk away from the conversation immediately because you’re having it for the wrong reasons. Listen to opinions without prejudice. While it may not change your mind, it can’t hurt to have a multi-dimensional view of a single issue.

This is by no means an extensive list, but I guarantee if we try these three things, the quality of the conversations that we’re having on pivotal issues or those that lead to deeper understanding will dramatically improve. And, be honest, aren’t you tired of the fighting, Black people?

Let’s talk.
Posted By: Siebra Muhammad
Saturday, January 26th 2013 at 7:35PM

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I LIKE this Dr. Maya Angelou had it right. If you approach a conversation as if you’re going into combat, people are going to put on their armor. If you attack, people are going to defend. Put people at ease and you’d be surprised what you can learn from each other. I use this as a means to control my enemy ,,,,

We are not enemies.

We may not all be friends, but we are not yet enemies. Speaking to another person with respect, even if you disagree with their opinion, goes a long way to ensuring a productive, mutually beneficial conversation.

not so fast ,,there are some people if I ever see face to face you can best believe shit is going down !
Saturday, January 26th 2013 at 8:42PM
David Johnson
what about you lil sis how do you feel about all this ?
Saturday, January 26th 2013 at 8:44PM
David Johnson
Well...according to the Quran, we should only let the Truth be known but not enforce it on anyone because the Truth is self-apparent. In the end, we can only pray that God guides them to the right path.

THE MORE WE ARGUE AMONG OURSELVES, THE MORE THE DEVIL JOINS US!

Saturday, January 26th 2013 at 8:52PM
Siebra Muhammad
In the real world I work in a predominately while male dominated place of employment. While in school and my neighborhood I'm surrounded with people who look like me...

Honestly, I don't fight with black folks... and I especially don't agree with our black women bashing each other...

I had to learn the hard lessons of patience, pride, and unity...


Saturday, January 26th 2013 at 8:58PM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
As a child I went to a White majority school, which means that my speech might sound unappreciated by most Blacks. I had to decide whether I'm going to continue to speak the way I was taught or try to sound less educated. I was hired to work as a long distance operator because of my voice. I once experienced a situation in a Black lounge where a male said to me "why don't you come down to our level", I looked him square in the eyes and replied, "Why don't you come up to my level". End of argument, he got up and left.
Sunday, January 27th 2013 at 9:13AM
Helen Lofton
Siebra/// the devil is in the details ,,in the real world its all me ,im surrounded by people that love and support what I do

,they ask in this post “Why are all these black people fighting over a white man’s rendition of slavery, or a black woman sleeping with a white man (see: Scandal); or the infallibility (or cultural mirage) of a black president?” And the answer is simple: Because some of us are still slaves.

there are people on this site that are here to sabotage and derail any form of unity ,and its not HARRY ,!
Sunday, January 27th 2013 at 11:15AM
David Johnson
sis your right its a dog fight out here in the real world the white man got a hold of every working sector on this planet,and they do the hiring and firing some people dont have the resource ,,,to get to the next level so the stay on a job they dont like ,,this is why education is a must ,,they cant take that !


Sunday, January 27th 2013 at 11:21AM
David Johnson
@Helen.... you said: "Why don't you come up to my level".

I say: Sho you right... I too have a proper telephone sounding voice...

and trust me... sounding less educated... you should never compromise your dignity nor self worth... to fit in...
Sunday, January 27th 2013 at 10:21PM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
Cynthia, I was so naive in the past that I thought we had freedom of religion. My older sister became a church zombie and tried to kill me saying that God told her to do it. Thank God I survive and soon afterwards became a Muslim for five years. Even thou I have returned to worship Jehovah God. I am still suffering from exclusion. Freedom of religion means you are not held hostage and free to make changes.
Sunday, January 27th 2013 at 11:07PM
Helen Lofton
Helen.... Just like you.. I've channeled through different religions trying the one that "fits" for me....

However, once I caught on the concept of Religion.... and understanding Spirituality... Man/Society has various opinions about Religious Beliefs... Don't celebrate holidays, who can or cannot get married in a church/sanctuary....

I was chasing after Religion.... Until I was old enuff to understand that FAITH and the Spirit...
were blessings owned to us... So with that; I can go to any religious denomination's sanctuary and fit right in ....

Religion is controlled by society
Having the spirit (conscious feelings of love, honor,faith, trust) that's all in you and no one can take hostage of this....


Monday, January 28th 2013 at 12:45AM
Cynthia Merrill Artis
My job requires me to travel and attend seminars. I have been to several, but one of them completely changed my entire thought process. The speaker gave each of us a document entitled the, "willie lynch" letter. This letter gave me a clear definition and exposed the seed that birthed the the field nigga versus the house nigga controversy that still invades our current culture like an uncurable plague.

I have copied it for whomever to read because knowledge is power. Peace:)

I am here to introduce you to a method of solving them. In my bag here, I HAVE A FULL PROOF METHOD FOR CONTROLLING YOUR BLACK SLAVES. I guarantee every one of you that, if installed correctly, IT WILL CONTROL THE SLAVES FOR AT LEAST 300 HUNDREDS YEARS. My method is simple. Any member of your family or your overseer can use it. I HAVE OUTLINED A NUMBER OF DIFFERENCES AMONG THE SLAVES; AND I TAKE THESE DIFFERENCES AND MAKE THEM BIGGER. I USE FEAR, DISTRUST AND ENVY FOR CONTROL PURPOSES. These methods have worked on my modest plantation in the West Indies and it will work throughout the South. Take this simple little list of differences and think about them. On top of my list is “AGE,” but it’s there only because it starts with an “a.” The second is “COLOR” or shade. There is INTELLIGENCE, SIZE, SEX, SIZES OF PLANTATIONS, STATUS on plantations, ATTITUDE of owners, whether the slaves live in the valley, on a hill, East, West, North, South, have fine hair, course hair, or is tall or short. Now that you have a list of differences, I shall give you an outline of action, but before that, I shall assure you that DISTRUST IS STRONGER THAN TRUST AND ENVY STRONGER THAN ADULATION, RESPECT OR ADMIRATION. The Black slaves after receiving this indoctrination shall carry on and will become self-refueling and self-generating for HUNDREDS of years, maybe THOUSANDS. Don’t forget, you must pitch the OLD black male vs. the YOUNG black male, and the YOUNG black male against the OLD black male. You must use the DARK skin slaves vs. the LIGHT skin slaves, and the LIGHT skin slaves vs. the DARK skin slaves. You must use the FEMALE vs. the MALE, and the MALE vs. the FEMALE. You must also have white servants and overseers [who] distrust all Blacks. But it is NECESSARY THAT YOUR SLAVES TRUST AND DEPEND ON US. THEY MUST LOVE, RESPECT AND TRUST ONLY US. Gentlemen, these kits are your keys to control. Use them. Have your wives and children use them, never miss an opportunity. IF USED INTENSELY FOR ONE YEAR, THE SLAVES THEMSELVES WILL REMAIN PERPETUALLY DISTRUSTFUL. Thank you gentlemen.”
Monday, January 28th 2013 at 12:59PM
Wenquetta Pleasant
I am familiar with the Willie Lynch letter, it is a letter that the Muslims are encouraged to read and study for understanding. No problem Sister Wenquetta, thanks for the info.
Monday, January 28th 2013 at 1:41PM
Siebra Muhammad
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