©Copyright 2011 Iamthegif All Rights Reservedhttp://dagif.com When incidents of police brutality occur, such as the one that took place at the recent Smif-N-Wessun &Pete Rock Monumental Experience Album Release party, it usually results in no action, no movement,no one is held accountable. This is the result of fragmented resistance. There are those of us that areoutraged by it and there are those of us that think what happened, happened because the people it
happened to don’t talk, act, or dress the right way. The incident isn’t considered to be something that
but something that happened to
, the ghetto people and the niggas.On many occasions after the unjustified murder of one unarmed black man or another, Sean Bell,
Timothy Stansberry, Oscar Grant, I’d express
my outrage to
older blacks that would say “Yeah that’s
terrible, but these young guys be out here on these street corners with their pants hanging off of theirass saying nigga this and nigga that.
Maybe if they get their ass off the street things like this wouldn’thappen to them.” Their sentiment is that it’s somehow something self
It’s easy to write
-off theopinions of an old fuddy
duddy when you don’t recognize the fact that young
blacks in America have nopolitical power. Those old fuddy duddies in the black community are who the little politicians we havelobbying on our behalf listen to.
Until we’re able to organize and mobilize to gain our own political
power, what they think matters.
I’m fond of a psychological concept developed by George Herbert Mead called the looking
-glass self.The looking-glass self is based around the idea that you are what you see people in your society believeyou to be. We consider ourselves smart based on how the people around us measure intellectualcapacity. We view ourselves as good or bad based on how the people around us determine such things.
Once we’re labeled we tend to act in manners that run consistent with our labels. In casting the “ghett
mentality” as something negative, we label the people of the ghetto as negative and some tend to actaccordingly. If we want to really change the “ghetto mentality” we must first change the perception of
what it means to be ghetto, in doing so we change the actions that run consistent with the label and thepeople that identify with it.
In the ghetto I see people that have jobs some people that don’t,
people that have finished school, some
people that haven’t, p
eople that have class, and some people that do
n’t. The definition of ghetto hasbeen allowed to be defined by those who don’t as those who have
sought to exalt themselves above
those who don’t.
As a people our self-esteem in connection with our intrinsic self has taken such abeating and is so low we constantly seek out means of getting a boost just to remain stable. Theeducated get their self-esteem boost in looking down on the uneducated. The employed get their boost