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The following is my second essay of my most recent semester. There are a few edits and a bit more thought put into the subject matter. As my recollection serves me, I may have read this once since it was submitted in February 2018. Without further ado:
Who catches “the brunt of society’s stereotypical notions” regarding Black women and men? This question immediately gives rise to several other questions such as the inevitable blowback/fallout versus initial impacts of detriments; schooling versus education; federal headship versus mutual responsibility; and covert versus overt oppression. On the one hand, it could be argued that the Brothas have it easier, because they know that their sudden death and/or lifelong incarceration could feasibly come much more swiftly, and at any moment for them. Conversely, Queens are known to be much more likely to survive “higher education” with some semblance of sanity remaining. While the men may or may not live in fear of being “a gov’t slave; [one of the] two million people in prison [keeping] the government paid. Stuck in a six by eight cell; alive in the grave” (Immortal Technique, 2003), it is the Sistas who are ultimately, and almost invariably, left to deal with the consequences. While they too have been inadvertently lining the coffers of private prisons, and increasingly so. By and by, Black women are more often than not making ridiculously long, as well as humiliating, trips to for-profit prisons; at times with young children in tow. In Steven Pressfield’s 1998 classic “Gates of Fire,” in no uncertain terms is it stated that women in garrison are the ones who actually win the wars fought by their husbands, brothers, fathers, etc. If the best military in the world cannot depend on the folk on the homefront to maintain and keep everything running as smooth as possible; the collapse of said society will be swift and almost wholly unavoidable (re: the “war on terror”). With hardly any Kings to protect and/or provide for the Goddesses and Mothers of Civilization, it is merely a matter of time before the situation snowballs out of control; whereby we find ourselves on the brink of extinction, and/or experiencing overt oppression again. While many of our White brothers and sisters will gladly assert that we live in a “post-racial” society; the truth of the matter could not be more far removed. There is an element of classism in most political agendas. However, a so-called solution relating to the word “political” is the antithesis of an “economic” one, as per Henry Hazlitt in his remarkably despised book Economics in One Lesson. Ironically, many of the “peace loving” politicians would realistically love nothing more than to destroy every copy of his miniature tome; just as many of them would love for “most God-fearing Christians” to do with those of a darker hue (and their “lawn crosses”). Of course, the opposite end of the spectrum is debatably a whim away. That is, atonement via restitution and/or genuinely reverting back to a mildly sustainable, as well as arguably substantial, economy. In short, the Queen with the degree, and likely a decent salary, will truly believe that she has fared better than her potential mates; being that they are by and large in the pen “doing fed time,” or no longer suffering with us in this physical realm. According to licensed psychologist Guy Winch Ph.D., emotional scars are worse than their physical counterparts in at least five major ways (Psychologytoday.com). In closing, as George Santayana famously said, “Only the dead have seen the end of war.”