*The more I hear people like Michael Berry, the Texas talk show host that used his radio program as a platform recently to talk about black culture, and how little our own lives mean to us, the broader my view of ignorance becomes. On the one hand, yes, it pisses me off to hear the Hip-hop generation use the N-word because they’ve convinced themselves the meaning has changed. And hell yeah, I hate the way they talk about women, many of whom are daughters they are not even raising. But then I hear people like Berry – who says black people don’t even care about black lives; and the example he uses to prove his point, and I think: When people perpetuate ignorance, how can it ever end well?
Berry is using reports about a young girl being attacked by multiple teen girls inside a Brooklyn McDonald’s on Wednesday, as proof that black people are inherently violent “savages.”
During a segment on his show this week, Berry says:
White people don’t walk into a McDonald’s, and four, five, six, seven, eight, 10 of them beat the snot out of somebody for minutes on end. While everybody else cheers, hoots, hollers, and films it. WorldStar.
First of all, if they’re teen girls, they might.
But I would be just as ignorant if I used an example like: Black people don’t walk into businesses and start shooting innocent people. I mean, do we really want to get into the “tit for tat” thing here? How can I sit here and generalize what all white people do, based on the examples of a few?
And then he had the nerve to make reference to a comic routine Chris Rock did in 1997.The routine was called Black People vs Ni**az: and in it Rock made very clear there are different types of black people. And the general manager at your company, who’s black and a super-nice guy, doesn’t want to live amongst that either.
Rock is kicking himself to this day for ever doing the routine; which he said he’d never do again because he recognized how white people so easily referenced it and used it for their own gain.
The comedian told 60 Minutes in 2005. “I’ve never done that joke again, ever, and I probably never will.”
Which is why I started off with the mention of Hip hop and the language used. Racists take that and use it against us.
When will you learn?
Berry goes on to support his viewpoint by using the Trayvon Martin incident.
We can’t deny the influence that this subculture is having on our society. You can go and hide behind your gates. Y’all can hire a guard at night,” he said. “But eventually, a Trayvon Martin’s going to come walking through your yard, at night, on suspension from school. Because his dad has a good job, and he lives there. And he lives in a world of thuggery, and his dad doesn’t. That’s actually — that was the case there. But he was a thug, who went to school with other thugs.
Everyone has the right to their own viewpoint. But its also my right to call this one, straight up ignorant.
Listen for yourself.