To you African-American "leaders" who have suggested that I should not engage in a critical analysis of N.W.A.'s lyrics and to you African-Americans who argue that such an analysis does not address the root or the cause of N.W.A.'s lyrics, I say: â¨When a black male does something that is good we claim that the root of that goodness is melanin and we want to claim that goodness as our own. But when a black male does something that is bad we claim that the root of that badness is Global White Supremacy and we do not want to claim that badness as our own. At some point we have to hold ourselves accountable for what we do, think, and say, good or bad. At some point we have to stop diverting responsibility.
I am man who holds himself accountable for all that I think, say, and do; a level of accountability that many of our so called "leaders" have failed to uphold in their own personal lives. I have found that within the African-American community there are many so called "leaders" who preach about the ills of Global White Supremacy and how we must raise healthy families while respecting and protecting African-American women, but at the same time are consistently absent in their own children's lives and are unwilling to commit to African-American women. These are the same so called "leaders" who constantly blame white people for the ills present within the African-American community while at the same time calling African-American women "bitches, hoes, thots, skanks, bed wenches, maggots, beasties, freaks, hoochies, broads, ghetto birds, whores, sluts, hood rats, etc." Is the use of these dehumanizing monikers the result of Global White Supremacy too? If so, then why are you, as a "conscious leader", still using these monikers while describing African-American women? These are the same African-American "leaders" who have suggested that I not engage in a critical analysis of N.W.A.'s lyrics. The logic is that somehow to engage in a critical analysis of N.W.A.'s lyrics will not address the root of N.W.A.'s lyrics; as if the writers of those lyrics should not to be held accountable; as if the reason why those lyrics were written was because of Global White Supremacy. When will African-American males stop diverting responsibility and hold ourselves accountable for our actions, be they physical or verbal? Understand that the so called "leaders" who defend N.W.A.'s lyrics do so because they themselves have lived out, and in some cases continue to live out, the major themes presented within N.W.A.'s lyrics and lack the courage to engage in critical analysis of those lyrics; and by proxy, themselves. This is the personification of intellectual cowardice; the ultimate form of diversionary responsibility.
How Real Men Operateâ¨: I respect any African-American man who is a living example of what he teaches. I respect any African-American man who knows his power and will not externalize his power to Global White Supremacy. I respect any African-American man who is willing to stand up and affirm that, "Yes, there is a system in place that puts me in a disadvantaged position but I am greater than the system itself and therefore I will prevail!" This is how real men operate. We do not make excuses. We do not externalize our power. We do not concede failure while making illogical excuses as to why we cannot be successful in life. Again, I am man who holds himself accountable for all that I think, say, and do; a level of accountability that so many of our fathers have failed to teach. How could our fathers teach personal accountability when so many of our fathers abandoned us? I Can already hear some so called "black leaders" screaming out, "But the reason why so many African-American males abandon their families is because of Global White Supremacy!" â¨As I stated before, at some point we have to stop diverting responsibility. Furthermore, nothing in the known universe can stop me from being a dedicated husband to my wife and a committed father to my children. Global White Supremacy has no power over my ability to transform myself into a greater man and to positively impact the quality of my family's life. And yet far too many so called African-American "leaders" use Global White Supremacy as an easy excuse to justify African-American male irresponsibility. -Lenon Honor