Facepalm Friday April 2, 2010Posted by Skippy in Black folks, Culture.
Tags: class privilege, facepalm, hot ass mess, trainwrecks
I have decided to initiate what I am calling “Facepalm Friday,” wherein I blog (translation: rant) about something so mind-numbingly stupid, so ass-backwards and idiotic at every conceivable level, that it must be rewarded with the Picard Facepalm. It was going to be the Catholic Church and their…responses to the bajillion and twelve revelations that more than a couple of their priests have sexually abused children. I mean, when you’ve got Bill Donohue defending you, you have to know you’re doing something wrong, right?
Fig. 1 Ten pounds of crazy in a five pound sack
Way to get on top of a bunch of fearmongering nonsense, ABC! Yes, let’s talk to Steve Harvey about Black male-female relationships. He’s clearly a relationship expert, right? Got psychology degrees and has a practice counseling couples, too! Oh, wait. He doesn’t. He “wrote” a book and has been on the radio dispensing his Tyler Perry-ish “advice” about Black love.
Oh, but it gets worse. There’s a whole panel of morons, none of whom are qualified to say jack shit about relationships outside their own:
Fig. 3 If you take advice from any of the above idiots, you should be single. Forever.
What I want to know is this: why the hell are we still having this conversation? We were having these same stupid “What’s the 411 on Black Male/Female Relationships?” bull sessions twenty years ago when I was in college! Even then, all I heard was, “All the good Black men are either dead, on drugs, in jail, or gay!” An entire cottage industry sprang up in Black culture around the elusive Good Black Man. And every moron had an angle. Blame the mother, blame the apparently absent father, blame the White man (a favorite, and so easy to do!), blame capitalism, blame rap music…sometimes, blame all of the above. Furthermore, why are we acting as though Black women are the only people having a hard time finding a partner? Hello, have you seen Sex and the City? Single educated White women aren’t exactly getting married by the bushel, you know.
But no, according to ABC “News,” which is co-signing this festival of bullshit, there’s apparently someone we need to “blame.” But who? Who do we blame for all those loose, single educated Black women? Black men? Black women? Ah, hell; let’s go and blame everyone! I’m sure Black gay men will get some blame thrown our way too. Cause we’re all on the down low, you know?
And that’s another damn thing: this production just reeks of heterosexism and patriarchy. “Are black women’s expectations too high?” Really? Some intern had clearance to put that nonsense up on ABC’s website? I for one would hope that Black women would have high expectations!
Fig. 4 If her expectations had been higher, maybe she wouldn’t have been high all the time.
When are we going to stop falling for these same tired narratives that constantly present Black life as deficient? When are we going to stop lining the pockets of misery pimps who exist only to tell us that we’re “missing” something, and that they somehow have a frakkin’ gnosis that we too can have–if we line up like a bunch of lobotomized sheep and listen to them? We fell for that crap with CNN’s “Black In America,” we fall for it every time Michael Baisden or Tavis Smiley or fill-in-the-blank megachurch pastor opens his mouth. When are we going to stop treating ourselves like we’re a pathology?