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Yvette Carnell: 5 Dumbest Responses to My ‘What’s the Matter with Black People’ Article

by Yvette Carnell

There’ve been quite a few responses to my Christmas Eve list, 5 Reasons Why the African-American Community is (Still) Failing, sstop_complaining1o many, in fact, that I’ve decided to respond to a few of the comments.

I’ve taken these responses from all around the web, including my own Facebook page, reddit, here at YourBlackWorld, and the comments sections of other blogs. I’ve paraphrased some of the comments to protect the stupid.

“i see no plan [yvette] delivered with this harsh truth, except…”

Oh, c’mon?! Really? You’re asking me for a plan on how you should run your life? As I said here, it’s not my job to give you a power point or hold your wee wittle hand. And you don’t need Al Sharpton to show up at a rally in order for you to stop doing the five self-defeating things I listed in my article. Know what you’re doing right now though, with that ‘give me a plan’ nonsense? You’re trying to wiggle your way out of making any changes to your values and their mirrored behaviors.

Listen. You don’t have to like what I say. I don’t like it when I get a cramp while I’m running. But biology happens. And consequences follow actions. To throw out everything I’ve said because I didn’t offer you a *plan* makes no sense, and somewhere deep down, you know it.

“it’s not just black people, I know white people who do some of the same things..”

And? Did I ever say that the problems I listed only impact African-Americans? No. Never. There are probably more Tea Partiers who’ve lost their minds to religious zealotry than African-Americans who are still in the pews of *Bishop* Eddie Lee Long or Wiley Jackson. So what? Why should you care? The point is, this sort of foolishness disproportionately impacts us, and so we should face it and fix it.

“…bull crap lady…”

Yeah, you’re all about intelligent conversation, huh? Why did you even bother to comment? Wouldn’t it have been more productive for you to just turn over in bed and fart?

“Why not write an article on 5 ways the black community can heal, receive strength, peace and an entrepreneurial spirit..”

Because the hippies were wrong. The world doesn’t care about you, or me, or how we feel, or how much peace we have.  The world, and the people who inhabit it, only care about what we can provide that is of value. That’s it.  Even Oprah, who invited spiritual gurus such as Eckhart Tolle and Marianne Williamson on her show to help you live your best life, would’ve been out of a job had she not  provided viewers with a show they actually valued more than whatever else was on at 4PM.

And you know how you build an entrepreneurial spirit? By actually starting a business. By actually building something that you’re proud of that your people will support. Wanna feel better about yourself? Build something. Heal through hard work.

“…dream big? surviving is dreaming big when your life is made so cheap..”

Surviving is not the same as thriving. We’ve been merely surviving for over 400 years. It’s time to move on to bigger and better things. There is a reason why other minority communities are, as I’ve already mentioned, running rings around us. Yes, racism is real. But what does that have to do with how Habib, fresh off the plane from India, can get a 1600 on the SAT while Lil Man doesn’t even bother to take the test? Did the white man do that too? Or is that bad parenting? Why do some young black men have no problem selling crack poison, but view McJobs as beneath them? Is that part of what it means to survive?

I’m sorry, people, but if all you can tell me is that we’re already thriving, or that we should be focusing on kumbaya and peace, then just back the f*ck up and make room for Habib and Zhi Peng, because they’re about to steal your kid’s future.

And if you don’t believe in anything I’ve written, no worries.  Here’s a picture of black people holding up little baggies of fried chicken sandwiches:

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Yvette Carnell is a former Capitol Hill and campaign staffer turned writer. She is currently an editor and contributor to Yourblackworld. You can reach Yvette via Twitter @YvetteDC or on Facebook.

 

 

29 Responses to Yvette Carnell: 5 Dumbest Responses to My ‘What’s the Matter with Black People’ Article

  1. CJ

    January 23, 2013 at 6:52 am

    It’s like you read my mind and spoke the words I either didn’t have the courage to say or I just couldn’t articulate them as well…Well said and very insightful…

  2. greg

    January 13, 2013 at 12:25 am

    I actually agree with you on all points except one. We do not need to quit Christianity when a Bishop,pastor fouls out that is between him and God. Our job as Christians(if you are one you are inclided) is to take the bible and put it intoi action in our lives. Therde ois a portion of scipture in the Book of James that states faith wothout works is dead in laymans terms pray to God for success then get up off your butt and go to work get a dgree or learn trade and maybe start a business. GO TO WORK!!!!

  3. Yeah I Said It!

    January 1, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Black America, in general, has been going backwards for the last 30 years or so. And the only thing most of them care about is watch gold digger house wives on TV and buy the latest Jordan tennis shoes.

  4. Destitute American

    January 1, 2013 at 11:56 am

    HA-HA! PICTURE PERFECT!

    Happy New Year, Yvette!

    Resolve to give up the ‘magic’ artificially-enhanced chicken sandwiches and start ‘assimilating’ the militia / doomsday way AND opening a business.

    My kids are ahead of Habib and Zhi Peng— no thanks to the American education system.

    Some prove they’re American by waving flags and protesting…

    I do so now by hoarding supplies, building arsenals and booby-trapping my hovel as I work to become self-sufficient. Things only get better if you proactively make them get better.

    Sometimes, we learn.

  5. Destitute American

    January 1, 2013 at 11:56 am

    HA-HA! PICTURE PERFECT!

    Happy New Year, Yvette!

    Resolve to give up the ‘magic’ artificially-enhanced chicken sandwiches and start ‘assimilating’ the militia / doomsday way AND opening a business.

    My kids are ahead of Habib and Zhi Peng— no thanks to the American education system.

    Some prove they’re American by waving flags and protesting…

    I do so now by hoarding supplies, building arsenals and booby-trapping my hovel as I work to become self-sufficient. Things only get better if you proactively make them get better.

    Sometimes, we learn.

  6. Latrice

    December 31, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I love that picture..that sums up everything without saying a word!!! I bet they have neighborhood kids they won’t even bother to feed if they are hungry. Yet they will buy a chicken sandwich to support stupidity

  7. nmaat433

    December 31, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I am puzzled. This site hosts Ms. Carnell and yet posts ‘articles’ like the crap outing tawanna brawley that didn’t bother to list the author? Consistency I guess isn’t your strong suit is it?

  8. samori

    December 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

    OH MAN im really laughing out loud, Yvette went in so hard, BUT TRUE!!! Especially the last section…. BISON!!!