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.
Black folks let it go too far. :-/
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.
It was administered so lovingly.
I never expected or needed anything outside of my community because they provided protection of my WHOLE spirit.
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 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
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.
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.