by Tef Poe
Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. His project The Hero Killer was released on January 21st and will followed up by a full-length with DJ Burn One entitled Cheer For The Villain. Follow him on twitter @tefpoe. Get The Hero Killer here.
I've thought about this for awhile, and for some reason I woke up this morning feeling the need to go on a restless rant about a touchy subject: Racism.
Every week for the last month I've been on one of the longest running music video television programs in existence, BET's 106 & Park, as part of its Freestyle Friday competition. We film the show in New York, but I live in St. Louis so I return home after we film, relax for a few days and then I head back to New York once the weekend is over. My cronies and I are all a bunch of idiots, so we drive across the country every week, spending nearly twenty-plus hours in an automobile.
During the course of this drive we stop in small towns to refill the gas tank, use the restroom, grab some unhealthy snacks and stretch our ailing cramped-up body parts. I have a bad back, similar to my childhood idol Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, so this ride is never glorious from my perspective). My entourage is made up of mostly young African-American males, a crazy Caucasian rapper from the boonies of Illinois, and occasionally a few of my Jewish friends come along for the adventure.
So let me paint this picture for you: Your gas tank is low and you're in rural Indiana (one of those states that people seem to always claim is the "birthplace of the KKK") and these are the people you're traveling with. Stopping in Ohio and certain parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia can be trouble as well. In some of these towns they act as if they haven't seen a black person in the flesh ever. When they notice the fact that we're also traveling with a few white guys they seem to get even more irritated -- some of us can afford to live a life overflowing with the bliss of ignorance and are comforted by the fact that all of our neighbors look exactly like us. These small towns are like alien planets designed by hoosier redneck space travelers that sought to establish enduring colonies of pure-bred trailer park owners and meth smokers.
We had one incident two weeks ago. I basically knew there was no point in me thinking it was safe to use the restroom at this diner / gas station we strolled into. Nick Menn (Whiteout, the crazy Caucasian rapper) pulls over to run inside of the hellish looking hybrid diner-gas-station establishment. Nick needs to use the restroom and of course grab some snacks because he has the munchies (whenever Nick is driving we pretty much expect it). He runs in and RT Faq, his trusty partner in rhyme, follows suit. I watch both of them walk in using their body language to gauge rather or not I'd like to hop out and grab a bottle of water. They both come walking out together, and from the look of things I basically know it's not all good, but I'm fiending for this water. So I hop out the vehicle and walk toward the door. Nick turns to me and says, "Hey man be careful in there". I reply, "Well walk in here with me," as if the fact that he's white will somehow save the day. In retrospect, that's just going to aggravate the backroad racist scummies even more -- ha!
I walk in, look around, and every eyeball in the building glues itself to me. I turn to Nick and say "Fuck it. I don't even want the water anymore; lets stop at another place." Often we encounter moments like this on the road, but this time particularly felt like we walked right into the 1930s. In the wake of a black guy being in the White House, certain prejudiced people are completely pissed off. There's no way in hell they can take a trip to the White House or even touch the President, so now all of us black guys that don't travel with the Secret Service are left out here in the open to deal with the aftermath of their anger. There's nothing more American than being pissed off at the President -- as a citizen you have that right. In fact I can't stomach people that are blind to the social injustices that occur daily under the guise of our political leaders. We're all Americans and we all have the right to voice our opinion about such things.
Our constitution is set up in a manner which allows us all to basically be as overly opinionated about the government as we desire. I actually applaud people that have the gumption to voice their displeasure with the powers that be. But I must say, in 2013, if you're still letting negative stereotypes about race dictate your social views, you are in fact a lame. It's 2013: The world changed last century and you apparently didn't get the memo. Dear Texas rednecks: Dragging a man to death with a pickup truck simply because he's black just further puts a black eye on your state. It's time to grow up guys, you're not going to rid the world of everyone that doesn't look like you. Unfortunately you might kill a few innocent people, but you'll more than likely go to prison and join a white supremacist gang, and then get killed after some bad-ass Mexican gangster from a rival gang slices your throat. The Mexican will likely get murdered after he kills you, your gang will retaliate and the cycle continues. Overall its a win for society because two criminals are now deceased and not guzzling our tax dollars being housed in prison.
The entire concept of racism in our modern society is just dumb. If I walk into a place and there are too many black people I leave. If I walk into a place and there are too many white people I leave. Diversity is the key to life and that's how I prefer to live. I live in St. Louis, Missouri and my city actually still struggles with the concept of diversity, but we'll get there eventually. Whenever I encounter prejudice of any sort, it doesn't make me angry, it doesn't piss me off, I just walk away and think to myself, "Damn. This person is an idiot". I mean really, a true-to-life, living breathing dumbass.
Earlier this week my Twitter feed was set on fire by the following tweet: "We can have MLK day off but not President's Day? MLK woulda still been a slave if it werent for a certain president." Who in the hell still says ignorant stuff like this? This is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. you're talking about, lady. Whether you agree or disagree, he's an American symbol of peace and compassion. Did you really have to pull the slavery card out? You're an adult; you know better. A functioning society such as ours just doesn't need morons of your caliber procreating and giving birth to a batch of tiny infant dumbasses. You might actually not consider yourself a racist, and I don't know you so I can't say if this is true or not but you are indeed a brainless bag of oxygen for this comment.
To quote Joe Budden "Maybe I'm bugging out, maybe I'm on a spaceship." We live in a world where it's totally acceptable to be as uneducated and ignorant as the heart desires. Just say something idiotic and boast about it like you're not the biggest brain dead douchebag ever. "Black guys walking into the diner trying to spend money and keep this hole-in-the-wall business of mine alive? I'm appalled!!" It's time to grow up or kill yourself. Like really, over the course of the next ten years we're trying to usher in a new breed of progression in this country, and the only people allowed to partake will be meth-free book readers.
There are still people in our world that envision women as second class citizens. Really? I mean, seriously? You're a dumbass too, and you're going to die a dumbass. The semen inside your testicles is overflowing with the juices of an idiot. I think you were likely born braindead or affected by cigarette smoke during your mothers pregnancy.
Hitler tried to rid the world of everyone that didn't look like him. That plan didn't really work out too well, and he had to put a bullet through his own brain. Still, the spineless moronic followers he left behind had children and infected the world with even more ridiculousness. Gays want to get married? I say we let them. All of a sudden everyone is a religious shogun of God's law. As humans we have free will. We were born with it. We all have basic rights bestowed to us by God. The most basic of these rights is to do whatever makes you happy. I don't have to understand it or agree with it, because its not my life and I don't have the right to control yours. In my opinion, the Tea Party is primarily comprised of idiots that didn't have the balls to join the KKK. In 1956 these fools might have had a few valid points. But guess what? Magical things happened and our society progressed. Human beings decided to act like actual human beings while you were stuck on the stupid button.
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