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I'm beyond the hurt because I got access to the data years ago.

So I've had time to fully process just how bad things have gotten.

The fact that these men have gotten so bold is just testament to how normalized *vocalizing* #colorism has become.

Rap artists like Lil Wayne and countless others who've written colorist lyrics over the years or R&B artists like Neyo, comedians like Kevin Hart have gotten away with it so much that it's no longer shameful to be *vocal* about discrimination.

Black folks let it go too far. :-/
There's no career hit for being openly colorist.

Young children have access to these lyrics because radio stations don't mute #colorism

This is psychological warfare on our children. The worst kind. Internal community

You know, the community that's supposed to serve as buffer.
As a child growing up in the 80s on Chicago's southside, black pride was the salve for the burns of racist microaggressions to come.

It was administered so lovingly.

I never expected or needed anything outside of my community because they provided protection of my WHOLE spirit.
And I'm sorry, what I experienced cannot be replicated today for the simple fact that it can't be done by black women alone.

That's THE difference. I grew up seeing black men still invested.

This is why your new black pride movements are soulless and hollow by comparison.
My era was pre gender ratio imbalance.

My era was pre mass incarceration

Pre drug wars
Pre HIV epidemic
Pre vulgar, misogynistic hip hop.

It was fun, hopeful, loving & PROUD.

You all are "post" all of these things.

You are the conquering program completed.

We were warned inside our classrooms directly from our teachers, who were the children of the "Civil Rights" movement.

You felt the love.
They loved us like family

And the majority of black folks were still "on code", even if they weren't the most respectable community members.
Some of this history, from my neighborhood in particular, has been documented in Isabel Wilkerson's "Warmth of Other Suns".

In interviews she captured stories of these neighborhood transitions.

When "street life" (pimps, dealers being on code) was kept at night

Until it wasn't
So when I talk about "community protection" this is also what I'm referring to.

There was still a code.

A "what about the children?" concern in media, including radio, videos and what was allowed to happen in *broad daylight* on streets.

The day was ours.
The night was theirs.
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