Ghetto Bastardz – MLK’s Abandoned Children

Man-child in the Promised land/couldn’t afford many heroes – Moms was the only one there/my pops was a no show — Papa’z Song Tupac

martin luther king jr.*Folks always whispered that the good Reverend was creepin’. Whenever Junior got in trouble, the Rev was never around.

He was always somewhere “workin,’” leaving his wife with the responsibility of bailing the kid  out of jail. Then came the day when Junior got  shot on MLK Blvd.

After ,frantically , searching for Rev, his wife finally tracked him down at a baseball game sharing popcorn and peanuts with his white “stepchild” lil Tommy…

January 15, is the official birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr , it kicks off that time  of year when people in this country  start celebrating  the accomplishments of the late , great civil rights icon. Speeches are gonna be played in heavy rotation about his dream of one day seeing little black boys and black girls holdin’ hands with little white boys and white girls. And how we should  have unconditional love for white people no matter how rotten they treat us.

For a time the social amalgamation of the races seemed to be the cure-all for the problems facing black folk. If white people just got to know us, they would realize that we were not the cannibals from the old Tarzan movies, runnin’ around a big black pot chantin’ “yum yum eat ‘em up.”  Nor are we a bunch of lust filled sex maniacs , hiding behind bushes just waiting to pounce on the first virtuous white chick who passed by, ala Birth of a Nation. If we could just go down to Starbucks and have a hot cup of coffee, we could live out Rodney King’s dream and “all get along.”

During the 60’s, the misappropriated idea of redemptive suffering was used by those who wished to counter the fire of the burgeoning Black Power Movement. So, little  black children gettin’ bitten by police dogs was seen as an act of redemption for those whose only sin was being born with dark skin.

For white America , Dr. King was  seen as a Prince of Peace.  A modern day apostle to the Gentiles who would plead the case of black humanity to white America.

The name Martin Luther King has become synonymous with the whole Civil Rights movement. A generation of people who believed that integration was the key to the salvation of the entire black nation.

One cannot fathom the time , energy and resources that it took to get white folks to love black people. But somewhere black love went bankrupt. Somewhere, we used up our love fund and the checks came bouncin’ back with “insignificant funds”  stamped  in big graffiti letters.

My main criticism of the civil rights era is that black leaders  spent too much teaching our children to love white kids and not nearly enough time teaching them to love each other. And now the chickens have come home to roost.

In ‘hoods across the country, black blood is flowing in the streets like water. We live in a time when teenage rappers like Chief Keef can brag about making a CD that is gonna “ raise the murder rate in Chi-Town”, a city already suffering from black on black violence. We live in an era when teenage girls become overnight celebrities for sucka punchin’ other black girls  and putting it on youtube.

So history has shown that the  Civil Rights Movement has been useless when it comes to solving the problem of black fratricide.

Strangely enough, most of the solutions for Black people in 2014 are either vetted by white media gatekeepers or  phrased in a way to appeal to the guilt complexes of white liberals who have watched Boyz in the Hood too many times.

Back in the 60’, Robert Penn Warren wrote the book “Who Speaks for the Negro, “ the answer then was people like Malcolm X , Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture)  or James Baldwin. However, the answer today would be white liberals like Rachel Maddow, Tim Wise or  Hip Hop’s great white hope,  Macklemore.

There is a void in the Black community. Dr. Bobby E. Wright once said that what we needed was a”Black social theory’ to solve the problems in the black community, perhaps the most pressing being black on black violence. Some groups have picked up the slack and started a Black Power/Black Peace Campaign to stop Black on Black violence in 2014. But we need more black solutions for black problems.

This may sound harsh but this year, we have to kidnap Dr. Martin Luther King and bring him to the ‘hood. . If the words  of Rev. King were able to touch the heart of a grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan and make him let a black dude take

his daughter to the prom, surely, they can make a Blood think twice before blastin’ a Crip.

Now I know that this is supposed to be a time when people are supposed to sing “We Shall Overcome” and give some positive, happy  messages to the kids. But like Treach said on Naughty By Nature’s “Ghetto Bastard”

“Say something positive? Well, positve ain’t where I live.”

Dr. Martin Luther King has been in the suburbs with the manicured lawns and picket fences too long. Its time for him to come back home.

His children are waitin’ for him.

Min. Paul Scott represents the Messianic Afrikan Nation. He can be reached at Follow on Twitter @truthminista

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  • ALI Bomaye

    Excellent read I love hearing a different perspective on MLK, it’s funny how he is the only person we talk about during black history month, what about Malcolm X, Prince Whipple , Claudette Colvin.

  • The_Good_Life

    Dear Truth Minista. You are a direct beneficiary of desegregation yet in the very first sentence, you destroy one of the men who paid for that benefit with his blood. Who need white people to tear us down when we do it ourselves. lord have mercy.

    • ALI Bomaye

      MLK did way more harm than good for black people, why are we still trying to live out the dream of a man who plagiarized his speeches and most and college work google it, the man was a fraud who use church funds to pay for hookers, white ones at that I see why he wanted to be expected by whites . Before MLK and his dream we had black business ever heard of black wall street? After MLK all we got is the black church how is that work out for us lets ask Trayvon Martin. Answer me this one question how many historical black college did we have before desegregation and how many have we founded since? SMH at the slaves with ego’s.

      • The_Good_Life

        How ironic! Black Wall Street was destroyed by segregationist.

      • Immortal

        Historical black college……you mentioned historical in there. Name ONE college or university black OR white that has been founded in the last 50 years that is “historical”..I’ll wait. The internet “google” as we know it is founded on the same principles that Wikki is. People take their opinions and try to make them fact through anonymous postings and “official” pages that claim them to be fact’s. Instead of telling us to google anything, try telling us what library this can be referenced in? Where are the contrasting and plagiarized verses kept? Again you can’t. The “I have a dream speech” wasn’t scripted or written. It was an off the cuff speech when the original speech wasn’t used. But you can google that. I’ll go to the National Archives and look for myself. Black Wall Street..please indulge me on what you are talking about, and the good they did. You’re sitting behind a keyboard, a monitor, a desk, in a apartment or house that is a byproduct of desegregation. You have a job that supports/does not support you, but gives you the chance nonetheless through desegregation. You are able to run your mouth and talk this ish of the backs of someone before mammy and pappy made you because someone stood up even before MLK and said this needs to change, we can and will do better. You want segregation take your a$$ back to Africa, as long as you have money to spend, you’ll be welcome. As soon as you’re broke, you’re just another stupid arrogant American, and they want you to go home. And I read your last comment; if he is the ONLY one you’re hearing about during Black history month, then you are a fail. It’s not up to anyone else to feed your lust/lack of lust for information. That’s your job. You want to hear more about the others, pick up a book, change the channel, google it. Awful funny how I can hear of MANY of the Black pioneers whose names do not have MLK in them just by watching tv. Sometimes those that claim to be the “lions” are actually the “liars” and don’t want to hear the voices of the “sheep” because it would mean giving in to a point of view that they refuse to acknowledge, and doesn’t fit in with the “popular” train of thought or what it “cool”. The “lions/liars” usually eat their own wheras the “sheep” run in packs in a herd with a united mentality, funny thing is, the “sheep” live a lot longer.

      • Immortal

        This is in reply to a post THAT SHOULD BE SHOWN from ALI Bomaye. How can this be a site for dialogue when opposite views cannot be made without a moderator?

        I’m not even going to lower myself to your level by name-calling being that you are on such a superior level of knowledge than anyone else on this earth. You didn’t answer my question about the historical college. Malcom X really? Who killed him? It was one of his own “muslim” followers. I’ll let you guess which one had the hit done. In fact I’ll bet as a non muslim I’ve been closer geographically to Meca than most of these so called believers born in the US. You tell me what do blacks own today? You’re the “enlightened” one. I know of a few black billionaires that have nothing to do with tv, rap, or sports. Plenty of black owned businesses that cater to vetrans support, defense, and government. But I guess those don’t count to you because they aren’t looking and talking ignorant, and can rub shoulders with movers and shakers not just in this country but others. I have heard of black unity, but what have you done to make it better? Calling people names? Man you’re bad. Got me shook. What I spend my money on is my business. I don’t cater to one race or another because when I buy I buy for quality not “just because”. If someone of any race can give me a quality product, then I don’t care if he’s purple, he has my business. As a race, we don’t have anything because we don’t want to earn anything. Don’t even bring up welfare being that it’s a choice to get on, and a harder choice to get off. But the choice is there all the same. I do not want 40 acres and anything. I want to BUY my own 40 acres, a nice house, and a pool with the money I earn legally. And to make it sweeter, if I could teach someone else how I did it and how they could do it too, all the better. I’ll feel good knowing that someone else made it…regardless of race. If you are not happy here, there is always Liberia and the rest of Africa for you. Maybe you’ll even get lucky and make the trek, but no….you’ll just stay here and complain about how the “man” is holding you down, taking your belongings, and sending you to prison for stuff you had no way of doing.

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  • Montezuma1

    The “Messianic Afrikan Nation?” I’m sleep.

  • props, much respect for this one

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