Are Black Men Going Mad?

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  1. Destee

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    Are Black Men Going Mad?


    "It's a wonder we all haven't gone stark raving mad."
    --James Baldwin, interviewed by Marvin X, NYC, 1968


    Have the words of James Baldwin come true? Clearly, if one watches the media these days, all we see are mad, insane, crippled, pathological black men, or others of a similar mentality attacking black men who are striving to do the right thing. As I write, NYC councilman James Davis is the victim of homicide, a man who fought against violence in the rotten apple. Supposedly his killer was black, which we will know shortly. Of course, Kobe Bryant is the latest "black beast" to supposedly attack the precious white woman. Then there is the brother who is a suspect in the killing of his teammate because he didn't make the team. And we have a pathological liar as Secretary of State who tried to convince the world Saddam was a threat, that he was within forty-five minutes of blowing up the earth with weapons of mass destruction no one can find, and no country in the middle east except Israel said he was a threat, not Turkey, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iran or Syria.

    And there is madman Charles Taylor, butcher, diamond whore for imperialism who lines dead bodies outside the American embassy to beg his colonial fathers to return.

    Another mad fool runs South Africa, Mbeki, who refuses to acknowledge a connection between HIV and AIDS, allowing the continued spread of HIV, causing his people to die at an increasingly rapid rate.

    Is it over for the black man, should we throw in the towel? It seems all but impossible to unite because joe doesn't like sam and ed don't like paul and muhammad don't like salim and on and on, meanwhile white men who hate each other's guts meet in the congress and senate to oppress the world, global capitalists who would murder their mothers for a dollar unite each day to enslave the world, but black men with two dollars in our pockets can't come together for five minutes to discuss how to make ten dollars.

    And when a solution to the mental health crisis is offered, such as the Dr. Nathan Hare's Black Reconstruction mental health group, black men who know they should line up at the gate are in denial or simply run the other way, making their situation go from bad to worse, until something tragic happens and the community wonders why. Finally, I am reminded by what Dr. Frantz Fanon said, "The only way the oppressed man can salvage his mental health is by revolutionary action."

    So you can run, Mr. Black Man, like you do when you see me on the street, but the ghost of madness is upon you, and only by confronting such ghosts will you relieve the terror in your pitiful heart, only by joining in a frontal attack on oppression in all its dimensions will you move toward regaining your sanity. Holding your woman's hand, as Kobe did after the fact, will not save you. Jesus said love the brotherhood first. You will either come together or go down alone,yes, without your woman who will leave because of the pitiful mother****** you are, she will leave you drowning in your tears because you are a danger to yourself and others.

    And this shall be true for every black man throughout the Pan African world. When you get the discipline to stand up and march in rhythm like that million man North Korean army, you will get respect from yourselves and the world. Until then you shall drown in your ever encompassing madness and be cursed by your ever listening ancestors who live among you in the trees, the woods, the rivers and seas, in the wind and rain and sun, who shall make you tremble as you walk in fear, until you stand up and do the right thing, putting on the armor of God and keeping the faith of your traditions.



    For more writings by Marvin X, go to www.nathanielturner.com - www.blackthinktank.com - www.marvinx.com

    In The Crazy House Called America, essays by Marvin X, Black Bird Press, 2002, $20.00, plus $5.00 for postage and handling. Black Bird Press: 3116 38th Ave., Suite 304, Oakland, Ca 94619.

    Many years ago, Marvin X taught English, African American literature, journalism, creative writing, drama, technical writing at various colleges and universities, including: University of California, Berkeley and San Diego, San Francisco State University, University of Nevada, Reno and elsewhere.

    Posted w/Permission: "Feel free to spread the truth coming through me from the Creator. mx"
     
  2. Mahogany_Brown

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  3. happy69

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    Yes, black men are mad.... perhaps that is why gave the Black woman so much strneght to persevere... he could see it in the eyes of black men... they'd rather accepatance (and they sell their souls for it) over empowerment.
     
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    what make black men so madly and unfaithful
    not every man of african is a sellout to be empowered
    nor are all of such mad men to the culture of self
    it also show many reasons why most men of african or colored
    has fallin to the arms of other creeds or races for whereas
    our own dismemberment them lable them as fools and call
    them mad also cast disowning them til they turn the cheek
    and then the cries heard from da nation of our race
    i dis agree that black men or african men , men of color are
    madly but i say very confused with whom they are and what path they run when the support is not to there best ....
    one so can't judge forth judgement not theirs to fold
     
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    no I dont think they are ALL mad LOL :) If one brotha chooses to assert himself that way...go ahead :) but everyone comes across a lil "insanity" especially bein black in this world and bein a sista i feel a natural inclination to love my brothas and if they feelin a lil "maddness" comin on...vent my brotha...thas why I'm here...I for you and you for I. We be crazy together...and then...release it and renew.
     
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    Destee, change environments and history that white men always had with Black men. If the roles were reversed, no white men would be around. With the status quo, we ARE here but scarred in some ways. Edit-even with the HEALTHIEST and strongest of Black men. Gotta remember, Malcolm X was a thug AND fornicating with white women (despite having BOTH a mom AND dad that was involved in the human rights struggle back then and they hardly had any problem with their other children-just taking him getting in the NOI to turn his life around) and MLK almost successfully killing himself (very young) when his grandmother died. Also, Bayard Rushton and A Phillip Randolph (I think)organized the 63 March on Washington and don't get too much credit. Ya know, Black men ARE in the perpetual-damned if we do and damned if we don't CLUB. Even if most of us DO be discliplined and prosperous overnight.
     
  7. Sekhemu

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    well said Triniti and Destee. While I do agree that there is a bit of denial on the part of Thabo Mbeki. I do agree, that there is no evidence that HIV causes AIDS. About 20 years ago, an anti-virus for small pox was administered to millions of black africans. Immediately after this was done, most of the brothas and sistahs came down with a severely depressed immuse system i.e. low t cell counts. Subsequently they were mis-diagnosed as being HIV positive. So there is something rotten in the cotton as they say. AIDS is a genetically engineered virus. Once a virus enters the body the red blood cells attack it. If they don't succeed in neutralizing "invading organism" you become sick or get an infection. But AIDS is different it lays dorment for some time, or hides from the red blood cells. Maybe Thabo knows something, and he knows he better stay quiet about it, or he'll get the can of R.A.I.D.
     
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    Sekhemu....interesting information. Aids is definitely engineered, but I've never heard it from this perspective.
     
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    Are Black men mad. Yes we are mad.. and tired of coming home crossing the threshold of our home. Bringing the negative influence of the day with us. What can we do? Recognize first that we have to release the frustration into the frustrating matter. Not any matter that comes along. Not into the first person in your face. Not to your lover, spouse or children. Chinese and other Asians cultures release their anger before coming into their homes.. I read where the Chinese man will stop at a designated tree and hang his frustrations there to be retrieved in the morning. Indians used the wind-catcher for the same reason. Bad sprit, frustrated attempts. Bad nightmares while you aren't sleep. Then your subconscious takes over and cause you to toss all night. Stirring violence and assault in your mind. Causing those demons in your sleep.

    What can be done? Well I saw how the day to day grind ate away at my father. My mother took it different, men don't take no crap, so to speak.. so it takes us different. Belittles us when the same comes our way.

    Its easier to be angry and negative.
    It takes more face muscles to frown than to laugh.
    Don't start with anything negative when your spouse walks in the door.
    Set aside a time to go over the salty parts.
    A man will react differently to the same information.
    Don't get mad at him because he got emotional with the situation.
    It is a fault, and a mechanism of our creation.
    Try not to go to bed angry. You will wake up this way.
    Focus your energy on those in your close circle.
    Then invite others in.
    Never allow anything negative to cross your threshold of your house.
    This includes the phone.
    Don't argue about someone else's issue.

    Continue to support us sisters.
    We love you.
    We will come thru this.
    You were what saved us long ago, and we are what saved you many times.
    Your cries for your family and children touched the other women who touched their men.

    Then things began to change.

    See the positive you can have over men.
    See the change you can make.
    The glass ceiling is their so you can't influence the men.
    So you can't be the whisper that say's " DO THE RIGHT THING "
    I heard men give you little to think about, but all to bear.
    While they damage and plunder the world they say they will share.
    Bringing more tears. Hate and shame.
    Bring down the world in Satans name.
    Some belong to this PAGAN game.
    Practicing witchcraft. Ritual stuff
    Messing up life and I have had enough.
    SIN SIN SIN.. they peddle your body.
    Making money on you , not sharing the party.
    Am I a sell out of my fellow man, I doubt, if they can reach my
    level my stand.
    Our tributes are few, were weak is the truth. You have all the power
    day one known from youth. Why do you think the Japanese allow only men to be born. The women are treated with disrespect from the throne.
    Full of corruption, I don't want of this lot. This isn't the truth of man on this spot. It's a plan fabricated by those in control.
    Were governed by heathens, making law of the land. It started with them and it's still in their hands.
    So don't be mad... at your brothers. We learning were growing some what. Were infants in the game.. but we strut with the same like were top dog running the huddle. Teach us how to be MEN.
     
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