Fu-k What Scalia Thinks!

As grandma used to say, “If it ain’t one thing, it’s another.” Or, as Chris Rock’s character said in the movie “Boomerang,” “First the Fat Boys break up….now this.”Mass shootings, rampant police misconduct, Trump’s xenophobic rants, and now Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia have Black folk in an uproar. Rightly so.

Just two days ago while reviewing the University of Texas Affirmative Action case, Scalia referred to some who believe that Black students don’t fare well at competitive predominately white  universities.

In response to his racist innuendos, the judge attracted angry reactions from Black college students, professionals, the Congressional Black Caucus, and others around the country.

Determined to prove themselves academically proficient, Black folk are posting their educational and professional achievements all over social media. A self-congratulatory reaction perhaps, but certainly understandable. Every now and then, we do need to let white supremacists know just who the fu–k we are and what we’ve accomplished despite their systemic attempts to restrict and limit us. It feels good to stick our chests out in pride and defiance and say to the world, “Look at me, I’m educated, accomplished and I earned everything I have.”

It is this last point I battle with. White supremacists attempt to dehumanize and devalue us constantly. In this context, it seems natural to prove our humanity and worth. But we also can’t further empower racist idiots by allowing them to believe for a minute that:

  1. What they believe is synonymous with truth.
  2. We actually give a damn about their stereotypes and other racist propaganda.

We Black folk are under no obligation to “proove” our humanity or value to ignorant whites. The effort itself is demeaning and draining.

Empowered human beings do not waste time trying to earn others’ validation or recognition. Nor do such individuals spend time proving their intelligence, competence or exemplary character traits to those who will NEVER accept or appreciate them. Empowered human beings conduct themselves in empowered ways and DO the things expected of confident and competent human beings.

I for one, refuse to engage in the “I am qualified” game with racists. First of all, the game is unfair because the burden of proof falls only on Black people (I’ve worked with quite a few white students and professionals over the years whose qualifications I questioned).

Secondly, this game is a colossal waste of time and energy. I find it far more empowering and helpful to do the work required of empowered people rather than “proving” my value to those who despise me.

That said, Black students in college should strive for excellence academically and politically, and see your seats in collegiate classes not as invitation for social playtime but as preparation for weilding power and authority to advance our people; parents, take your roles seriously and provide the love, mentorship and structure needed to shape our next generation; Organizers and leaders must continue the monumental work of raising consciousness, exposing contradictions, and organizing our people to protect and liberate ourselves.

Fu-k what some racist – in a klansman’s robe or supreme court justice robe- thinks or says about us.

Instead of remaining in a weak reactive position, perhaps we should raise legitimate questions about white qualification and competence based on evaluations of their actual work/performance. I’ll begin with a few names:

  • George W. Bush
  • Dick Chaney
  • Oliver North
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Donald Trump
  • Brian Williams
  • Mayor Rob Ford
  • Rachel Dolezal
  • Richard Nixon
  • General David Petraeus

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Agyei Tyehimba is an educator, activist and author from Harlem, N.Y. Agyei is a former NYC public schoolteacher, co-founder of KAPPA Middle School 215 in the Bronx, NY, and co-author of the Essence Bestselling book, Game Over: The Rise and Transformation of a Harlem Hustler, published in 2007 by Simon & Schuster. In 2013, he wrote The Blueprint: A BSU Handbook, teaching Black student activists how to organize and lead. In April of 2014, he released Truth for our Youth: A Self-Empowerment Book for Teens. Agyei has appeared on C-SpanNY1 News, and most recently on the A&E documentary, The Mayor of Harlem: Alberto ‘Alpo’ Martinez.” Currently, Agyei is a member of the Black Power Cypher, five Black Nationalist men with organizing backgrounds, who host a monthly internet show addressing issues and proposing solutions. He runs his own business publishing books, public speaking, and teaching Black people how to organize and fight for empowerment.

Agyei earned his Bachelor’s Degree in sociology from Syracuse University, his Master’s Degree in Africana Studies from Cornell University, and his Master’s Degree in Afro-American Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

If you are interested in bringing Agyei to speak or provide consultation for your organization, please contact him at truself143@gmail.com.

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2 thoughts on “Fu-k What Scalia Thinks!

  1. My comment and concern is in my life I have never been compeled or asked to prove my ability education or intelligence with white people. What I do know now but not then is that I was being judge at those times. When I went to interview for a job I was always natural. I spoke their language used their vocabulary made eye contact smile and eccudwd confidence because I was and never experienced an inferior or less than moment with them.At the same time I never had a white friend buddy boyfriend. I’ve never had a frienship conversation on the telephone with a white person ever.In learning I suppose somewhere in their minds because of my smile and good nature they must have assumed they had a coon on their side. What has always been comical to me is to witness their reaction when I drop the hammer on their hard when they reveal their racism. I guess they assumed I was one of them. My point and concern today is for the first ever because of many years opting for simple non complex terms vocabulary and language and being a student in the black power movement that is among my own black people I feel the need to prove my worth intelligence and value. Its very disheartening because details of our history that had been hidden from us all I am trying to be educated on but my blunt questions and comments seem to either offend or intimidate. I’m feeling the only person who would understand my emotion and concerns that I have my mentioned in this context would be the honorable Minister Farrakan his wife would be the person better to speak with but I have no connection with her because I’ve never heard her speak. But I know she completely stands with her husbands on his teachings. So at this time if someone could address the concern of proving worth value and intelligence to our nation of brothers and sister and how I should deal with those concerns please. I welwelcome all instruction. Last relevant to that we speak of educating ourselves our children building schools of our own. Isn’t it fact this American language oh words is not our original language? Just as America sets up Spanish systems to cater to the Spanish should we not force our language on America. Teach our children and ourselves the original language and force America to learn our language as they have forced theirs on us. Now thats justice. Can you not see the them pulling their hair out. Squeezing the trigger on themselves?. Theres one last question that only the minister or his wife I would feel safe and secure in asking.

    • Thanks for reading and responding. Minister Farrakhan certainly is a wise man. However he is also very busy as a national and global leader. Fortunately for us 35 million Black folk, he is not the only wise individual we can turn to for clarity. Startibg with ourselves, we also have educators, scholars, faith leaders, relatives and other people right in our communities that can help you sort out the issues you raised….

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