There are a lot of You Tubers that I watch that would fall under the so called Pro Black umbrella. I think that every last one of them is a scam artist and they should not be taken seriously. Not only should they not be seen as leaders they should be seen as scam artists or at least opportunists. Pro Black You Tube is simply for entertainment purposes and I don’t think that any of them are interested in Black empowerment.
Any good hustle has an element of truth to it. A lot of pro Black You Tubers have interesting thoughts but their messages often gets lost. My first problem with pro Black channels is that they are very White centered. Whiteness is always the measuring stick for them. At the beginning of any journey I believe that one needs to define success. For most Pro Black You Tube philosophers White standards are success which is a problem within itself.
They are very focused on racism which at this point is stupid. Racism is kind of like gravity. It’s just there. It’s a problem is you drop your phone or fall down the steps so you need to learn to avoid the pitfalls of gravity. Racism is not going to ever end in America. It’s too deeply ingrained in our culture and mindsets. It’s such a part of American life that we take it for granted and don’t even notice it a lot of the time. Learn to live with it and how to avoid it’s pitfalls.
I wish that Black You Tubers simply discussed problems in the Black community and ways that we can make improvements. It’s rare that any of these people discuss matters such as finance, health, self acceptance or healthy families. They also don’t discuss matters of spirituality unless they are making disparaging remarks about Christianity. I believe that those are the kinds of issues that would make a difference in Black lives in America.
Pro Black channels are very focused on Black celebrities. The lives of Black celebrities are irrelevant to circumstances of the average Black American. I don’t mind listening to the trials and tribulations of rich Blacks on channels that brand themselves as gossip channels. But channels that brand themselves as wanting to make Black communities better should ignore all celebrities. Black celebrities are completely out of touch and most of them seek to exploit their popularity with average Black people.
Pro Black channels tend to speak on sensational matters and they are clearly looking for views in order to increase their subscribers and make more money. They like to discuss things that push emotional hot buttons and shocking viral videos. Most of their topics are simply clickbait and don’t hold any real substance.
Pro Black You Tube channels love to talk about problems in the Black community but they rarely offer solutions that are realistic to every day people. They claim that they just want to wake people up. I find this to be very condescending. I don’t need a has been rapper from the 90s informing me on anything. Based on their topics of conversation I was so called woke long before they were. They also like to say things like “Black people don’t read” and “simple minded Negroes”. There is no reason to listen to someone that thinks so little of you.
The most detrimental problem in Black American neighborhoods is violence but this matter is rarely discussed on Black You Tube. Nothing can be accomplished in communities that have been turned into war zones. No one will invest in commerce, home ownership isn’t likely to be established and healthy children can’t be raised under the threat of drive by shootings, property and sex crimes. Relationships and trust can not be built among neighbors when there are killers and thieves in the neighborhood not being brought to justice. But Black You Tube channels don’t discuss this matter.
I think that Black You Tube stays away from this issue because it would ask men to take more responsibility for the community. Women and children can’t stand up to street thugs. African Americans have a hard time setting standards and guidelines for boys and men. For thirty years or more Black boys and men have been treated as charity cases and porcelain dolls to be pitied which has not been productive. The way the Black community treats Black boys and men is disrespectful and insulting to them. It’s as if we think they can’t do and be better.
A lot of Black You Tube is just plain delusional. A common topic is “divestment”. Those that follow this foolish theory believe that if you don’t take interest in issues that affect Black Americans, socialize with, date or marry or spend time in areas with large Black populations you have divested. This is mental illness to me.
If I move to Montana and marry a White guy and cut ties with my Black family and friends I’m still going to be affected by racism when I cross paths with a racist because I am clearly Black. Those that preach divestment are foolish. While I am alive I am going through the world as a Black woman so the way Black women are perceived and treated will always be a concern of mine. I will divest when I am dead. It’s not really even my choice.
Pro Black You Tube is also completely obsessed with inter racial dating and marriage which I don’t think is a big problem for Black people. I agree that many Black people choose to date and marry outside of their race because they think the union will gain them and their children access to White privilege. But that’s why these You Tube channels should be promoting self acceptance.
I can’t be bothered with anyone’s dating or marriage choices when babies are being killed in drive by shootings. Loni Love’s boyfriend should be of little importance when we consider that Black people are more likely to have high blood pressure and diabetes. If the average NFL player wants a blue eyed blonde then he simply isn’t for me and I need to move on and find a man that prefers the dark eyed, dark skinned girl, dark, course haired woman. It’s as simple as that.
I also think it’s stupid the way pro Black You Tubers criticize the Civil Rights movement. They say that integration didn’t benefit Black people. Who’s fault is that? The Civil Rights movement gave Black people more opportunities and freedom to move about society. If idiots decided to turn their backs on communities and institutions that Blacks built and flock to White communities and institution because they perceive it as superior that is not Martin Luther King’s fault.
Civil Rights leaders put everything they had on the line for a change and they were successful. Meanwhile Black You Tubers who conceal their identities criticize their efforts. In fact, Pro Black You Tube spends a great deal of time criticizing anything and anyone that is successful and Black.
Pro Black You Tube can be good for a laugh and at times they make good points but they are superficial and lazy. They just want to make a quick buck off of monetizing their You Tube site and they use the emotional matter of racism to do it. They aren’t doing any real work that doesn’t enrich themselves. They use celebrities and viral videos to sensationalize their sentiments but they are reluctant to talk about something as pedestrian as saving money, meal planning, exercise and the best ways to raise healthy children. Pro Black You Tubers are all scammers.
I had the day off on New Year’s Day so I decided to go to the mall and take advantage of some sales. One of which being the Bath & Body Works Semi Annual Sale. I browsed around the store for a while and made my selections. Then I headed to the register to pay for my things. So far this is all standard and there isn’t much of a story to tell. Until I crossed paths with a ruffian in yoga pants.
As I made my way to the register this unkempt woman in yoga pants ran up to the sales counter and cut me off before I got to the register. I was a bit dismayed by this unladylike behavior. It was like I was placed in a race to the register without being told.
The aged store clerk was helping Yoga Pants with some sort of customer service issue as I approached the counter. I don’t know why anyone needs that much help at Bath & Body Works but I digress. Yoga Pants stupidly left her cell phone next to the register. I suppose that’s why she made a run for it when she saw me walking towards the front. She probably thought I was going to steal her phone as opposed to, ya know, make a purchase. Everything is all about her after all. I’m unsure of why she just didn’t put the phone in her coat pocket when she walked away.
I’m trying to understand the sense of entitlement of Yoga Pants. She thought she had dominion over the public space and the store clerk’s focus. She also talked very loudly while she was being served at the register to some young ladies that she knows and into at the store. This woman needs a lot of attention.
I stood where I was cut off by Yoga Pants and stared at the group of silly, vapid women while they had their loud, phony, superfluous conversation. Yoga Pants never made eye contact with me while she took up space and time.
Yoga Pants finally finished her small purchase that she was able to redeem her coupon on and went on her way. Hopefully she went straight home to get some rest because she looked tired. After the clerk finished with Yoga Pants she stepped to the side of the counter and had a conversation with a co worker who had her purse and was wearing her coat. They were talking about scheduling or something. I’m not sure how long the conversation lasted.
The clerk who is heavily made up and kind of reminded me of Betty Davis in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane finished up chatting with her off duty co worker and then she rang up my items. At the end she pointed out to me which items were in which bag and then she said in an over the top almost sarcastically sweet tone, “Thank you and have a good day”, with a phony smile plastered on her face.
One thing that really irks me is when store clerks are rude or dismissive but they are nice when they are saying good bye. I’ve had store clerks not greet me or offer to help as I enter the store or as I am browsing but they want to act all sweet as I’m leaving. Save it!
Thanks for listening to my petty post about a rude, arrogant, self entitled, tired looking suburban thug in yoga pants and an even more worn out looking sales clerk that really didn’t want to be bothered that day, at least not with me. I found some good sales items though and that’s what matters. If I decide to participate in the Bath & Body Works Semi Annual Sale again I’ll go to one in the city. Further away from such ruffians.