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Black Status Revoked: Romany Malco

Romany: you, sir, are No True Scotsman! Moreover, you’re just sporting shoe polish on your face, right?

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Romany Malco Pens ‘Message to Trayvon Sympathizers’

Romany Malco, who reprises his role as Zeke in the recently wrapped “Think Like a Man, Too,” weighed into the Trayvon Martin topic from a different angle.

In a blog on The Huffington Post, the actor pointed out the role of mainstream news, pop culture and economics in this story steamrolling over more prevalent black on black shooting crimes that are largely uncovered by the press.

He wrote:

I’ll bullet, all direct quotes:

  • …race matters in this country are the paralysis of the American people.
  • To constructively discuss Trayvon would require empathy, introspection and an understanding of America’s social and economic history.
  • This is why the open forums we have seen thus far seem to fuel more ignorance and bias than reasonable debate.
  • …the only reason people are even aware of Trayvon Martin is because it became a topic within mainstream news and pop culture.
  • News directors saw it as a profitable, sensational story.
  • Hundreds of blacks die annually in South Side Chicago without even a blurb.
  • Trayvon isn’t in the mainstream news for any reason other than ratings and profit.
  • The news coverage on the Zimmerman case almost implies that the killing of this young black man is somehow an anomaly.
  • In this country, if it isn’t streamlined through mainstream media and pop culture, it doesn’t seem to warrant national debate.
  • Our “government” continues to wreak havoc on our civil liberties and there is little to no protest from the black community because of media diversion tactics that keep such pertinent issues out of mainstream media.
  • …if Jay-Z or Rihanna were to make mention of it, we’d suddenly be jolted out of our sugar comas and protesting on freeways.
  • …people are up in arms about Trayvon based on regurgitated pundits and manipulated facts aired to elicit emotion while fueling America’s anger and division. That’s how you boost ratings.
  • No different from Piers Morgan’s desperate rant over gun control when he knew his ratings were in the dumps.
  • …anyone who still relies on corporate-owned media pundits to support an argument isn’t equipped to offer worthwhile solutions.
  • People are using Trayvon Martin’s death as an excuse to project their own deep-seated issues with racism and will not be capable of intelligent, empathetic debate until they’ve cooled down and afforded themselves an education.
  • Addressing Trayvon without first addressing the absence of critical thinking in our schools, the lack of introspection, the reasons for our low tolerance and our country’s skewed value system does nothing more than create a sounding board for the ignorant.

Mores.

So rather than facilitate more racism outcry, I’d like to address young black people specifically.

I believe we lost that trial for Trayvon long before he was killed. Trayvon was doomed the moment ignorance became synonymous with young black America. We lost that case by using media outlets (music, movies, social media, etc.) as vehicles to perpetuate the same negative images and social issues that destroyed the black community in the first place. When we went on record glorifying violent crime and when we voted for a president we never thought to hold accountable. When we signed on to do reality shows that fed into the media’s stereotypes of black men, we ingrained an image of Trayvon Martin so overwhelming that who he actually may have been didn’t matter anymore.

Don’t you find it peculiar that the same media outlets who have worked so diligently to galvanize the negative stigmas of black men in America are now airing open debates on improving the image of black males in American media? Do you honestly think CNN is using their competitive time slots for philanthropy?

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” – Rahm Emanuel

If we really wanted to ensure Trayvon Martin’s killing was not in vain, we’d stop perpetuating negative images that are now synonymous with black men in America. We’d stop rapping about selling drugs and killing niggas. The next time we saw a man beating a woman, we’d call for help or break it up, but one thing we would not do is stand by with our cellphones out — yelling WORLDSTAR! Instead of rewarding kids for memorization, we’d reward them for independent and critical thinking.

We’d spend less time subconsciously repeating lyrics about death and murder and more time understanding why we are so willing to twerk to songs that bemean women and boast of having things we cannot afford. We’d set examples of self-love for our youth by honoring our own hair, skin and eye color. We’d stop spending money on designer gear that we should be spending on our physical and psychological health. We’d seek information outside the corporate owned-media that manipulates us. We’d stop letting television babysit our kids and we’d quit regurgitating pundits we haven’t come up with on our own.

Education, introspection, self-love and excellence are the only ways to overcome the wrath of ignorance. So before going back to popping molly and getting Turnt Up, I urge you to consider the implications of your actions. Your child’s life may depend on it.

I could have written that; but also could not have, if you know what I mean. That’s why I quoted it almost entirely. I’m deeply envious of Mr. Malco for having gotten it so right, so wide, so integrated with the particular Animal condition he’s most familiar with. Salute, sir.

I’ve written for years that the only hope against the onslaught against men, by really stinky, womenized, institutionalized interests is…men loving-women (thank you, Judgy Bitch & many others…kisses). You can guess who the salvation of the profit driven, institutionalization of blacks for fame and profit by intellectuals and media—many of them nomenclatura blacks, as in black-on-black slavery and murder—falls to.

Thank you again, Mr. Romany Malco. I never heard your name before today and yet, I know exactly who you are. That’s the power of principles.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

6 Comments

  1. SeanII on July 23, 2013 at 04:39

    Richard,

    He gave us a phone! When you dealing with that level of hungry and stupid, it a morass.

    Bill Cosby’s Pound Cake talk got stick years for highlighting the low expectations in the black community.

    Back in Trinidad, another place where JAY Z and Rihanna is WORD!, we used to say “When your neighbour house on fire, wet yours!”

    Blacks might just be the best canary in the coalmine the US can get for what happens when you drop your self reliance and depend on the government.

    Stevie Wonder and others ranting now about getting rid of “Stand your ground”, for sure. When seconds matter …

  2. TJ the Grouch on July 23, 2013 at 06:16

    I had never heard of Mr. Malco before. We need hundreds of thousands of him. Thank you Richard for bringing him into the forefront!

  3. Greg on July 23, 2013 at 07:21

    This fine actor was featured in a great series called Weeds, about a suburban mom who decides to get into the marijuana business.

  4. SeanII on July 23, 2013 at 07:59

    He was also in 40 Year Old Virgin.

    He: “Baby’s due in a couple months”
    Co-worker: “He’s got a parole officer as yet?”

  5. Gordon Shannon on July 23, 2013 at 09:30

    A-fucking-men.

  6. Dan Linehan on July 24, 2013 at 13:22

    You folks who have never heard of him need to watch more “Weeds” on Netflix. =p

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