Saturday, December 26, 2009
Just saying "The Ghost Chili is the hottest chili on the planet" doesn't really describe the terror of this beast. Its almost like an understatement. This chili could be looked at as the devil himself if he were in the form of a plant. Its not hot, it just burns. And the burn is so bad you can't even comprehend its power.
Let's put this into perspective.
The Scoville scale measures the hotness or piquancy of a chili pepper, as defined by the amount of capsaicin it contains. Each pepper's number is how many units of capsaicin are in it. Capsaicin is a chemical compound that give peppers their "heat." This is how they rank in maximum units.
Bell peppers: 0 (nothing)
Black Pepper (Peperoncini): 500
Chipotle and Serrano: 23,000
Tabasco and Cayenne: 50,000
and then there's the Ghost Chili.
coming in at just over a million (1,050,000)!
Take that in for minute. Really think about those numbers. Even if you don't like spicy food or can't eat it, do it anyway. Process the info. Yes this is a real thing. Its a damn vegetable. He aint playing fair. Not in the plant world or animal world. Thats more than just wrong, that's evil. No mercy. Coming in with the big guns. No, not even guns. In a gun fight, he brings missiles. Hell, why you think its called the Ghost Chili???
I know some of you are thinking what the hell this has to do with the four horsemen. And I was actually just getting to that. Like I said, I had to put it in perspective. So....
There is a restaurant in San Antonio, Texas called Chunky's that serves a burger called the Four Horsemen. Its a half pound burger topped with Jalapenos, Serranos, and a Habanero sauce that in itself brings torture. Already you got a ridiculously hot and spicy burger that many people wouldnt be able to eat. But no. That wasnt enough. Somebody thought it was a good idea, just for special measure, to top the burger with Satan himself.....aka the Ghost Chili. This pepper doesnt have regular balls. His balls are elephantine.
Its one thing to know what having your hand in a fire feels like. Its another thing to know what having your hand in lava feels like. Thats a whole nother hot thats so far beyond hot, it should even be described as hot. Thats the destruction and devastation this pepper brings.
The burger comes with a challenge and only 4 people have completed it (including Adam Richman of the Travel Channel's “Man v. Food”). The challenge is to not only finish the burger in 25 minutes or less, but you also have to endure the intensity for another 5 minutes without water or anything to calm the fire.
“When you eat it, you think it's the apocalypse, the end of the world.”
I personally like spicy food, but this is a no brainer, no way in hell (pun intended)
Monday, December 21, 2009
Chicken stuffed with spinach and feta cheese, asparagus, and shrimp skewers.
All grilled and served with rice.
Everybody wants to know how I made this. Most of the time when I cook, I just put stuff together, not really following a recipe or using exact measurements. So, I'm gonna tell you the process and ingredients I used. You can tweak to your liking.
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
1 sm box of frozen spinach
Greek salad dressing
Lemon or lime juice
Sauzon (seasoning, comes in a box of packets, find in mexican food section)
Oil (I used peanut oil)
String or toothpicks (I didnt have sting but I think it would work better with string)
Stuffed Chicken - Remove fat from chicken. Pound it out to help tenderize and flatten out the chicken. Sprinkle lightly with season salt and spread out on a baking sheet or plate. Place frozen spinach according in boiling water to cook. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool down. Squeeze out as much water as possible. Add chopped garlic (I used alot but you can use a little or you can skip it). The chicken thighs are small and cannot hold much. My one pack of thighs (about 6) and one small box of spinach was enough, but there was left over feta cheese. Take about a heaping tablespoon of spinach and some crumbled feta, mix and mold with hands into a small football shaped lump. Put the lump on one end of the thigh and roll up. It doesnt have to be perfect. If you have string, you can use the string to wrap around the thigh to keep it closed (string would need to be soaked so it doesnt burn while on the grill). I didnt have string so I used a few toothpicks at the seam to hold it together. Put on the grill. Place seam down and spoon greek dressing on top. Periodically spoon more dressing over chicken while grilling.
Asparagus - Clean and cut off bottoms. Add oil, chopped garlic, and season salt. Toss.
Shrimp - I used 21-25 shrimp no shells. Add greek dressing, 1/2 packet of Sauzon, lemon or lime juice and cumin in a bowl. Toss shrimp and let sit. Skewer shrimp before putting on grill.
Asparagus and shrimp wont take long to cook so when chicken comes off, put both on grill. Use some of the marinade to spoon over shrimp.
Rice - Cook. Add butter and cumin.
If someone uses this recipe process, please let me know how it turns out and take pictures.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
By Nannie Helen Burroughs
(Circa Early 1900's)
1. The Negro Must Learn To Put First Things First. The First Things Are: Education; Development of Character Traits; A Trade and Home Ownership.
The Negro puts too much of his earning in clothes, in food, in show and in having what he calls 'a good time.' The Dr. Kelly Miller said, 'The Negro buys what he WANTS and begs for what he needs.'
2. The Negro Must Stop Expecting God and White Folk To Do For Him What He Can Do For Himself.
It is the 'Divine Plan' that the strong shall help the weak, but even God does not do for man what man can do for himself. The Negro will have to do exactly what Jesus told the man (in John 5:8) to do--Carry his own load--'Take up your bed and walk.'
3. The Negro Must Keep Himself, His Children And His Home Clean And Make The Surroundings In Which He Lives Comfortable and Attractive.
He must learn to 'run his community up'--not down. We can segregate by law, we integrate only by living. Civilization is not a matter of race, it is a matter of standards. Believe it or not--some day, some race is going to outdo the Anglo-Saxon, completely. It can be the Negro race, if the Negro gets sense enough. Civilization goes up and down that way.
4. The Negro Must Learn To Dress More Appropriately For Work And For Leisure.
Knowing what to wear--how to wear it--when to wear it and where to wear it, are earmarks of common sense, culture and also an index to character.
5. The Negro Must Make His Religion An Everyday Practice And Not Just A Sunday-Go-To Meeting Emotional Affair.
6. The Negro Must Highly Resolve To Wipe Out Mass Ignorance.
The leaders of the race must teach and inspire the masses to become eager and determined to improve mentally, morally and spiritually, and to meet the basic requirements of good citizenship. We should initiate an intensive literacy campaign in America , as well as in Africa . Ignorance--is a millstone about the neck of the race. It is democracy's greatest burden. Social integration is a relationship attained as a result of the cultivation of kindred social ideals, interests and standards. It is a blending process that requires time, understanding and kindred purposes to achieve.. Likes alone and not laws can do it.
7. The Negro Must Stop Charging His Failures Up To His 'Color' And To White People's Attitude.
The truth of the matter is that good service and conduct will make senseless race prejudice fade like mist before the rising sun. God never intended that a man's color shall be anything other than a badge of distinction. It is high time that all races were earning that fact. The Negro must first QUALIFY for whatever position he wants. Purpose, initiative, ingenuity and industry are the keys that all men use to get what they want. The Negro will have to do the same. He must make himself a workman who is too skilled not to be wanted, and too DEPENDABLE not to be on the job, according to promise or plan. He will never become a vital factor in industry until he learns to put into his work the vitalizing force of initiative, skill and dependability. He has gone 'RIGHTS' mad and 'DUTY' dumb.
8. The Negro Must Overcome His Bad Job Habits.
He must make a brand new reputation for himself in the world of labor. His bad job habits are absenteeism, funerals to attend, or a little business to look after. The Negro runs an off and on business. He also has a bad reputation for conduct on the job--such as petty quarreling with other help, incessant loud talking about nothing; loafing, carelessness, due to lack of job pride; insolence, gum chewing and--too often--liquor drinking. Just plain bad job habits!
9. He Must Improve His Conduct In Public Places.
Taken as a whole, he is entirely too loud and too ill-mannered. There is much talk about wiping out racial segregation and also much talk about achieving integration. Segregation is a physical arrangement by which people are separated in various services. It is definitely up to the Negro to wipe out the apparent justification or excuse for segregation. The only effective way to do it is to clean up and keep clean. By practice, cleanliness will become a habit and habit becomes character.
10. The Negro Must Learn How To Operate Business For People--Not For Negro People, Only.
To do business, he will have to remove all typical 'earmarks,' business principles; measure up to accepted standards and meet stimulating competition, graciously--in fact, he must learn to welcome competition.
11. The Average So-Called Educated Negro Will Have To Come Down Out Of The Air. He Is Too Inflated Over Nothing. He Needs An Experience Similar To The One That Ezekiel Had--(Ezekiel 3:14-19). And He Must Do What Ezekiel Did
Otherwise, through indifference, as to the plight of the masses, the Negro, who thinks that he has escaped, will lose his own soul. It will do all leaders good to read Hebrews 13:3, and the first Thirty-seven Chapters of Ezekiel. A race transformation itself through its own leaders and its sensible 'common people.' A race rises on its own wings, or is held down by its own weight. True leaders are never 'things apart from the people.' They are the masses. They simply got to the front ahead of them. Their only business at the front is to inspire to masses by hard work and noble example and challenge them to 'Come on!' Dante stated a fact when he said, 'Show the people the light and they will find the way!' There must arise within the Negro race a leadership that is not out hunting bargains for itself. A noble example is found in the men and women of the Negro race, who, in the early days, laid down their lives for the people. Their invaluable contributions have not been appraised by the 'latter-day leaders.' In many cases, their names would never be recorded, among the unsung heroes of the world, but for the fact that white friends have written them there.
'Lord, God of Hosts, Be with us yet.'
The Negro of today does not realize that, but, for these exhibits A's, that certainly show the innate possibilities of members of their own race, white people would not have been moved to make such princely investments in lives and money, as they have made, for the establishment of schools and for the on-going of the race.
12. The Negro Must Stop Forgetting His Friends. 'Remember.'
Read Deuteronomy 24:18. Deuteronomy rings the big bell of gratitude. Why? Because an ingrate is an abomination in the sight of God. God is constantly telling us that 'I the Lord thy God delivered you'--through human instrumentalities. The American Negro has had and still has friends--in the North and in the South. These friends not only pray, speak, write, influence others, but make unbelievable, unpublished sacrifices and contributions for the advancement of the race--for their brothers in bonds. The noblest thing that the Negro can do is to so live and labor that these benefactors will not have given in vain. The Negro must make his heart warm with gratitude, his lips sweet with thanks and his heart and mind resolute with purpose to justify the sacrifices and stand on his feet and go forward--'God is no respector of persons. In every nation, he that feareth him and worketh righteousness is' sure to win out. Get to work! That's the answer to everything! that hu rts us. We talk to o much about nothing instead of redeeming the time by working.
In spite of race prejudice, America is brim full of opportunities. Go after them!
And, this was written in the early 1900's! The more things change the more they stay the same.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
If you understand love, you understand that its different with everybody because you have a different relationship with each individual. You love your mother and your father and even though you love them both at the same time, your love for one is not the same as your love for the other. But you still love them both at the same time. I love my dad because he's easy going and accepts that even though they raised us the best they could, he knows that everyone has to suffer or prosper from their own actions. I love my dad because he allows me the freedom of independence. My mom on the other hand, no matter how old I get, still want to control me. But I still love her because we can talk and sometimes we have fun together. Thats only 2 people in my life that I can love at the same time as all the rest of the people I love.
"But thats not the same thing. Thats not the kind of love I'm talking about."
Thats exactly my point. The reason why you CAN love more than one person at the same time is because the love you have for each individual is unique to that individual. I dont love my boyfriend the same way as I loved my ex. I love my male best friend but not the same way as I love my female best friend. But I still love them. I love each person differently for different reasons. The problem is that most people really dont know or understand what love is. They confuse love with lust (or a strong like). Or better yet, they think "having feelings for" and "in love with" are synonymous. Those who mistake love for lust are thinking about sex when its said. Lust is of a sexual nature so when they say "I love you," if its not followed by something sexual, the thoughts they have are sexual. You can tell the difference between love and lust by just eliminating sex and see what happens. If you have nothing with that person without sex, then its lust.
Another point is that your level or intensity of love is different with each person. You can love more than one man or woman but one will have more pull on you than the other. Love is complicated like that but simple at the same time. Its easy to love but not easy to know real love and definitely not easy to stay there.
Monday, October 5, 2009
"Gay" is becoming one of the fastest growing FADS ever. Yes, its a FAD! More and more people are claiming gay just because its "cool." The youth are doing it at a younger and younger ages because they see younger and younger kids on TV being "gay." I remember a time when being gay was not cool. Now, gay is wrapped up so much into society and entertainment that its becoming a symbol like baseball and apple pie.
I dont have a problem with gay people. What I do have a problem with is people who claim gay but dont really have a legitimate reason for becoming gay except "it looks fun" or "I wanna try that." I have a problem with young people who dont really know or understand what it means to be gay but they claim it because they saw someone else do it. I really have a problem with people who use excuses like "I was born gay" or claim to have a "gay gene." There is and never will be a such thing as a "gay gene" or "born gay." Whether you believe in God or not, there is a reason why there are males and females, not just in humans but all over nature. If we were supposed to be with the same sex, why isnt everything one sex? There are some animals and organisms that dont have a male and female gender and they reproduce asexually, so why cant humans? Because we were made for the opposite sex!
Ok lets explore this "gay gene" aka "born gay" theory. If there were a such thing as a gay gene, how do you know if you have it? A gene is something passed on from parent to child. So if no one in my family lineage (as far back as I can trace) has been gay, does that mean I dont have the gay gene? If I have kids by a guy who's aunt is gay, would he have the gay gene and pass it on to our kids? If a man had a wife and kids but left them and then began living as gay, would he now have the gay gene or was it always there? Would his kids have the gay gene too? The answer is no. If there were such as thing as "born gay" then when a baby is born, the doctor should be able to tell you "you have a 5lb 7oz healthy gay baby boy." But they dont tell you that. Even when the child is a toddler, the doctors cant tell you if your child is gay or will become gay. Gay is not a diagnosis. Its a CHOICE!
Parents are having children at younger ages and they are relying on TV to raise their kids. But the TV is showing kids that its ok to like boys AND girls. So these kids grow up thinking, "I dont have to like the opposite sex. I can like the same sex too." Yet some of these same parents arent too accepting when their child proclaims to be gay. You are a product of your environment and at some point in your life, maybe very early on, you saw something that sparked the homosexual tendencies in you and no one told you otherwise (they probably thought it was cute) and so you continued.
I once saw the toddler son of a friend with lipstick on his face. His older sisters put it on him as a joke. He was running around trying to kiss everyone and laughing all the while. My friend promptly wiped the lipstick off the boys face and then scolded the girls. A male friend who saw this said, "oh theyre just playing. He's a kid and doesnt know any better." She proceed to explain to him that this is how it starts. The boy will think its ok to wear lipstick and then it will go from lipstick to high heels to purses and dresses. Then she showed the guy a video of a young boy who calls himself a "princess boy" who wears pink dresses. His parents let him play with girlie things and didnt tell him that boys shouldnt do that. Now, at about 7 or 8 yrs old, the little boy wants to be a princess. This is how it starts. The boy wasnt born gay. He was allowed to do things at an early age and was not told that its wrong. Plain and simple.
A grown person who chooses to be gay is fine with me. But I hate when parents allow their children to be that way and then say they've always been like that. Thats pure bull!
Friday, September 18, 2009
I call him Kan-hate cause that's what he does, he hates on people. He's a big hater. And for the first time, his hating has gotten him into trouble. All the other times Kan-hate has done something retarded, people try to make excuses for him like its ok because he's so talented and gifted. Now, I'm not hating on the man's skills cause its undeniable that he's got some. But that's no reason to look the other way when he goes off the deep end. Hell Michael Jackson was gifted beyond comprehension but no one wanted to cut him any slack when he doing whatever he was doing. Oh but let Kan-hate blurt out some retarded mess and people are saying "but that's just Kanye. The man is gifted." SO WHAT? Your talents give you a free pass to be a jackass? Of all the things he's done, the Taylor Swift mess was (in my opinion) no different than any of the other stunts he's pulled. But what sets this one apart from the rest is the unanimous "BOOs" across the board. Before, when people wanted to make excuses, it was mostly his fans doing so. But after the Taylor Swift incident, EVERYONE including fans, think he went too far. So before, he had some kind of support and now he has none. That's why he wants to apologize (fake). He's never apologized before for anything he did. He never showed remorse before. But this incident had more far reaching consequences than he could have imagined. THE PRESIDENT CALLED HIM A JACKASS! Nobody cares about how talented he is now. Everyone finally realizes how much of a dick he's always been. He has lost fans and credibility. He HAS to apologize and show remorse to save face. If he didn't, that would be the end of his career.
But you also have to blame these shows for allowing him to do these things. As soon as he was walking across the stage towards Taylor, I said "why did they let him on stage? Where is security?" Then I said, "why would she give him the mic?" Had that been me on stage, he wouldn't have even touched the mic. I would have told him "No one called your name so you have no business being on stage. Keep your comments to yourself, go back to your seat, and you can blog about it tomorrow." These award shows put his seat right next to the stairs, close to the stage so he can have easy access to do some buffoonery. You see other people who win awards and their seats are like 15 rows back. Kan-hate's seat is usually in the first 5 rows right in front of the stairs. Then MTV wants to save face by saying they kicked him out afterwards. But where was your security to stop him beforehand? Everybody knows when Kan-hate heads towards the stage, he's probably gonna do something stupid, especially if his name wasn't called to be on stage in the first place.
My ultimate dislike for Kan-hate is his arrogance. The way I figure it, considering all that has happened in his life, he should be the most humble person ever. He got his start by nearly losing his life and instead of being grateful for still being amongst the living, he goes around crying about what HE says he "deserves" as if the world owes him something. His arrogance kept building and building because people kept making excuses for him, justifying his actions by his talent. I knew that something would happen to knock him down a peg or two. And then his mom died. I really hate that it happened to him because losing a mother is hard on anyone. But I thought, maybe this will bring him back to earth and humble him and make him more appreciative of what he has. NOPE! He had his moment to grieve but then it was right back to the same ol' Kan-hate. Still ungrateful, still a hater. It still remains to be seen whether or not this incident has really changed him. With him saying he wants to take the crown as the new king of pop, I doubt it. But the world has a way of coming around and eventually, he will get humbled but maybe not in a good way. Evil never goes unpunished.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Spock smashes scissors and vaporizes rock.
Spock is poisoned by lizard and disproved by paper.
Lizard poisons Spock and eats paper.
Lizard is crushed by rock and decapitated by scissors.
Another variation is Wood, Fire, Water. Fire burns wood. Wood floats on water. Water puts out Fire.
Now go find someone to play with
Monday, June 29, 2009
Michael Jackson - June 25, 2009
Farrah Fawcett - June 25, 2009
Sky Saxon - June 25, 2009
James Brown - December 25, 2006
Lisa (Left Eye) Lopes - April 25, 2002
Aaliyah Haughton - August 25, 2001
Rodger from Zapp Band - April 25, 1999
There's also a so called curse on the month of June. This year alone:
David Carradine - June 3
Ola Hudson (mother of Slash) - June 5
Tomoji Tanabe (Japanese supercentenarian, oldest living man 113) - June 19
Antonio Fernandes de Castro (Portuguese supercentenarian, 111) - June 22
Ed McMahon - June 23
Farrah Fawcett - June 25
Michael Jackson - June 25
Billy Mays - June 28
Fred Travalena - June 28
Lucia Lauria Vigna (Italian supercentenarian, oldest person in Europe, 113) - June 28
and the Wikipedia lists hundreds more from all over the world.
You tell me: curse or coincidence?
Friday, May 15, 2009
So anyways, every now and again, I see unusual things that have bacon in them. I figured, somebody has to be buying this stuff cause its everywhere. So I decided to compile this list for the bacon lover. You might find a new favorite from this. These are actual edible food dishes and products. Just google them if you dont believe me.
Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
Bacon and Peanut Butter Sandwich
Maple Bacon Lollipops
Maple Bacon Cake
Maple Bacon Buttercream
Bacon Mayo ("Baconaisse")
Bacon Wrapped Tofu/Tofurkey (why???)
Bacon Ice Cream
Chicken Fried Bacon
Bacon Flavored Toothpicks
Bacon Vodka (seriously)
Bacon Lip Balm
And it doesn't stop there but I have to cause this list is turning my stomach.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Know what this is? One guy posted this on 800notes.com:
(still lmao on that)
The number is said on the song Kiss Me Thru The Phone by Soulja Boy. If you call, you hear a pre-recorded message that makes you think you're talking to someone when you're not. But the service keeps your number and sends out mass text messages to you. Some people have said they've gotten calls back too. Anyways, just because Mike Jones gave out his real number, stupid people think its Soulja Boy's real phone number. But then again, alot of the people who listen to his stuff (i dont think its music), they are gullible enough to believe it.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
How can you be the shit without going thru the ass? - XPJ7
Control isn't telling someone what to do. It's removing all options to define their choices. - Anon
If you can't keep up, keep it moving - Butta
Even though you look better than her, doesn't mean that you're better than her. - Fatality
If you don't like the A, then you don't like me. - C Squad
Life's not a bitch, life is a beautiful woman! you only call her a bitch cuz she won't let you get that pussy! - Aesop rock - daylight
--more to come-- ---or add you own---
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
(we'll see how the "experiment" goes)
Monday, March 2, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Crop circles are Chuck Norris' way of telling the world that sometimes corn needs to lie down.
The Great Wall of China was originally created to keep Chuck Norris out. It failed miserably.
Most people have 23 pairs of chromosomes. Chuck Norris has 72... and they're all poisonous.
When Chuck Norris sends in his taxes, he sends blank forms and includes only a picture of himself, crouched and ready to attack. Chuck Norris has not had to pay taxes, ever.
CNN was originally created as the "Chuck Norris Network" to update Americans with on-the-spot ass kicking in real-time.
Chuck Norris can win a game of Connect Four in only three moves.
What was going through the minds of all of Chuck Norris' victims before they died? His shoe.
Chuck Norris is the only man to ever defeat a brick wall in a game of tennis.
Police label anyone attacking Chuck Norris as a Code 45-11.... a suicide.
If you spell Chuck Norris in Scrabble, you win. Forever.
Someone once tried to tell Chuck Norris that roundhouse kicks aren't the best way to kick someone. This has been recorded by historians as the worst mistake anyone has ever made.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is based on a true story: Chuck Norris once swallowed a turtle whole, and when he crapped it out, the turtle was six feet tall and had learned karate.
Chuck Norris is not hung like a horse... horses are hung like Chuck Norris.
In the Bible, Jesus turned water into wine. But then Chuck Norris turned that wine into beer.
In an average living room there are 1,242 objects Chuck Norris could use to kill you, including the room itself.
Monday, January 19, 2009
They are very negative people to say the least. Nothing is ever good enough!
When you make your mark, you will always attract some haters...
That's why you have to be careful with whom you share your blessings and your dreams, because some folk can't handle seeing you blessed...
It's dangerous to be like somebody else... If God
wanted you to be like somebody else, He would have given you what He gave them! Right?
You never know what people have gone through to get what they have...
The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they don't know my story...
If the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, you can rest assured that the water bill is higher there too!
We've all got some haters among us!
Some people envy you because you can:
a) Have a relationship with God
b) Light up a room when you walk in
c) Start your own business
d) Tell a man / woman to hit the curb (if he / she isn't about the right thing)
e) Raise your children without both parents being in the home
Haters can't stand to see you happy.
Haters will never want to see you succeed.
Most of our haters are people who are supposed to be on our side.
How do you handle your undercover haters?
You can handle these haters by:
1. Knowing who you are & who your true friends are (VERY IMPORTANT!!)
2. Having a purpose to your life:
Purpose does not mean having a job. You can have a job and still be unfulfilled. A purpose is having a clear sense of what God has called you to be. Your purpose is not defined by what others think about you.
3. By remembering what you have is by divine prerogative and not human manipulation.
Fulfill your dreams! You only have one life to live...when its your time to leave this earth, you 'want' to be able to say, 'I've lived my life and fulfilled 'my' dreams,... Now I'm ready to go HOME!
When God gives you favor, you can tell your haters,
'Don't look at me...Look at Who is in charge of me...'
Watch out for Haters.. BUT most of all don't become a HATER!
Friday, January 9, 2009
I'M JUST POSTING IT
White Man Writes Article On "GET OVER IT"
When Are WE going to Get Over It?
For much of the last forty years, ever since America "fixed" its race problem in the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, we white people have been impatient with African Americans who continued to blame race for their difficulties. Often we have heard whites ask, "When are African Americans finally going to get over it?
Now I want to ask: "When are we White Americans going to get over our ridiculous obsession with skin color?
Recent reports that "Election Spurs Hundreds' of Race Threats, Crimes" should frighten and infuriate every one of us. Having grown up in "Bombingham," Alabama in the 1960s, I remember overhearing an avalanche of comments about what many white classmates and their parents wanted to do to John and Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Eventually, as you may recall, in all three cases, someone decided to do more than "talk the talk."
Since our recent presidential election, to our eternal shame we are once again hearing the same reprehensible talk I remember from my boyhood.
We white people have controlled political life in the disunited colonies and United States for some 400 years on this continent. Conservative whites have been in power 28 of the last 40 years. Even during the eight Clinton years, conservatives in Congress blocked most of his agenda and pulled him to the right. Yet never in that period did I read any headlines suggesting that anyone was calling for the assassinations of presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, or either of the Bushes. Criticize them, yes. Call for their impeachment, perhaps.
But there were no bounties on their heads. And even when someone did try to kill Ronald Reagan, the perpetrator was non-political mental case who wanted merely to impress Jody Foster.
But elect a liberal who happens to be Black and we're back in the sixties again. At this point in our history, we should be proud that we've proven what conservatives are always saying -that in America anything is possible, EVEN electing a black man as president. But instead we now hear that schoolchildren from Maine to California are talking about wanting to "assassinate Obama."
Fighting the urge to throw up, I can only ask, "How long?" How long before we white people realize we can't make our nation, much less the whole world, look like us? How long until we white people can -once and for all- get over this hell-conceived preoccupation with skin color? How long until we white people get over the demonic conviction that white skin makes us superior? How long before we white people get over our bitter resentments about being demoted to the status of equality with non-whites?
How long before we get over our expectations that we should be at the head of the line merely because of our white skin? How long until we white people end our silence and call out our peers when they share the latest racist jokes in the privacy of our white-only conversations?
I believe in free speech, but how long until we white people start making racist loudmouths as socially uncomfortable as we do flag burners? How long until we white people will stop insisting that blacks exercise personal responsibility, build strong families, educate themselves enough to edit the Harvard Law Review, and work hard enough to become President of the United States, only to threaten to assassinate them when they do?
How long before we starting "living out the true meaning" of our creeds, both civil and religious, that all men and women are created equal and that "red and yellow, black and white" all are precious in God's sight?
Until this past November 4, I didn't believe this country would ever elect an African American to the presidency. I still don't believe I'll live long enough to see us white people get over our racism problem. But here's my three-point plan:
First, everyday that Barack Obama lives in the White House that Black Slaves Built I'm going to pray that God (and the Secret Service) will protect him and his family from us white people.
Second, I'm going to report to the FBI any white person I overhear saying, in seriousness or in jest, anything of a threatening nature about President Obama.
Third, I'm going to pray to live long enough to see America surprise the world once again, when white people can "in spirit and in truth" sing of our damnable color prejudice, "We HAVE overcome."
Andrew Manis is author of Macon Black and White and serves on the steering committee of Macon's Center for Racial Understanding..
It takes a Village to protect our President!!!