Did you hear Tyler Perry’s riveting speech at the BET Awards?
Didn’t it make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside….
Until he called himself….
But for most, it didn’t even matter. Why is this? Let’s dig in.
In this story we will discuss the infamous N-word (negro), black, and other terms used to define a group of people. We’ll also do a simple experiment to see if Tyler Perry truly is “black” or a “negro”.
Warning: The following story is not “easy reading.” It will require you to think beyond everything you’ve been told or taught. If you don’t want to think critically, this is not the blog for you!
Oh you’re still here? Let’s proceed…
Tyler Perry is a great activist, film director, actor, writer etc.. but even having millions of dollars, as we see today, doesn’t make him immune from the perils of mis-education.
For the record, yes I understand the point he was making. Yes I understand the struggles and challenges he has overcome. Yes I understand he’s looked upon as the film and television savior for the so-called “Black” people. Yes. Yes. I understand.
Which is why it is only right for us to take this moment to reiterate the great identity issue that our people are facing.
“Nationality is the order of the day.” — Prophet Noble Drew Ali
The fact of the matter is this, in 2019 the original & indigenous people of this land (YOU), even in an attempt to celebrate their freedom and progress, are perpetually keeping themselves positioned as the lowest class of citizen on their own land. (Wheew. That was a lot)
Who are negroes, REALLY? Black people? Why do they call themselves black? Or more appropriately why were they called black?
Dr. Jose Pimienta Bey, a historian, Professor of African American studies and Moorish history scholar gives a great explanation of this dilemma:
Negro As an adjective from 1590s. Use with a capital N- became general early 20c. (e.g. 1930 in “New York Times” stylebook) in reference to U.S. citizens of African descent, but because of its perceived association with white-imposed attitudes and roles the word was ousted late 1960s in this sense by Black (q.v.)reference the Black Codes….
Above is the etymology or history of the term negro. Here you can see that the term negro, a negative term, simply being substituted for it’s English translation — black…
Surely, Tyler Perry knows this….
Or Maybe Tyler is Confused
Confusion is the act of mingling together two or more things or notions properly separate” is from mid-14c.
Maybe, like many, he’s confused, which ironically is causing more confusion. The confusion is this: he and all that celebrated with him are neither “black” or “negro” or any other debasing brand they identify with.
This is Tyler Perry: A Simple Exercise With Color
In this exercise, we’ll examine the facts to see if Tyler is indeed a “negro” or a “black”?
Tyler’s tux is Grey:
Tyler’s bow-tie and beard is Black.
Tyler’s skin is not….
So is Tyler Perry black? Is Tyler Perry… a negro? (Use your common sense here)
The Negro / Black Birth Certificate Test
Get your grandmother’s, mother’s and your birth certificate and make an observation. Notice how the race changes from generation to generation. A negro woman, gave birth to a colored child, who gave birth to you, a black or african american. How is this possible?
Next call a friend other than a so-called “black” person and have them do the same. What is the result? Does a Chinese woman not make a Chinese baby? Does an Irish woman not make an Irish baby? What you will find is that there is consistency with all other nationalities, generation to generation. But the so-called “blacks” are the only people, who’s race and nationality is changing.
Our people don’t know who we are. They’ll believe whatever they’re told regarding who they are. And it appears they ultimately don’t even care to know who they are. They’ll just settle for “negro” and “black” and celebrate it to the highest — at least until the next label rolls around - SMH
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