Tar Babies and Hip Hop BBQ's
So the ONE day I decide to be way too busy to watch the news, Congressmen Doug Lamborn says working with my President Obama’s administration is like working with a “tar baby.” When I got off work I saw the tweet by Reagan Gomez and the link here.
Now since when was a tar baby a “situation that is difficult to solve” ? That’s according to the Huffington Post…That was my first time hearing that definition. I’ve always heard it used as a derogatory term used to describe Black people.
A few days later….
It’s my President Obama’s 50th birthday! And what does the ignorant Fox News do? They called his birthday celebration a “
Hip Hop BBQ“…click the link. I only see one rapper in this pic tho…BUT ANYWAY…that’s not the point, sorry yall I get sidetracked.
I’m so tired of these derogatory terms used against him. It’s like people can say these things, apologize the next day and it’s okay. NO…
“Son's mouth went dry as he watched Valerian chewing a piece of ham, his head-of-a-coin profile content, approving even of the flavor in his mouth although he had been able to dismiss with a flutter of the fingers the people whose sugar and cocoa had allowed him to grow old in regal comfort; although he had taken the sugar and cocoa and paid for it as though it had no value, as though the cutting of the cane and picking of beans was child's play and had no value; but he turned it into candy, the invention of which really was child's play, and sold it to other children and made a fortune in order to move near, but not in the midst of, the jungle where the sugar came from and build a palace with more of their labor and then hire them to do more of the work he was not capable of and pay them again according to some scale of value that would outrage Satan himself and when those people wanted a little of what he wanted, some apples for their Christmas, and took some, he dismissed them with a flutter of the fingers, because they were thieves, and nobody knew thieves and thievery better than he did and he probably thought he was a law-abiding man, they all did, and they all always did, because they had not the dignity of wild animals who did not eat where they defecated but they could defecate over a whole people and come there to live and defecate some more by tearing up the land and that is why they loved property so, because they had killed it soiled it defecated on it and they loved more than anything the places where they shit. ”—Toni Morrison, Tar Baby, First Plum Printing, 1982, p. 203.
“I wonder if the person he wants to marry is me or a black girl? And if it isn't me he wants, but any black girl who looks like me, talks and acts like me, what will happen when he finds out that I hate ear hoops, that I don't have to straighten my hair, that Mingus puts me to sleep, that sometimes I want to get out of my skin and be only the person inside-not American-not black-just me?”—Toni Morrison, Tar Baby, p . 48
“The man chose one and stood before the mirror looking at his hair. It spread like layer upon layer of wings from his head, more alive than the sealskin. It made him doubt that hair was in fact dead cells. Black people's hair, in any case, was definitely alive. Left alone and untended it was like foliage and from a distance it looked like nothing less than the crown of a deciduous tree.”—Tar Baby [Toni Morrison]
People always ask why Song of the South will never be released in the US.
The simple answer is The Tar Baby. For those of you who have been on Splash Mountain, he is not in the ride. Disney was going to have him in the ride but decided against it (for good fucking reasons). This is the Tar Baby:
If the pictures were not enough to make you realize the Tar Baby is incredibly fucking racist, here is the clip of the film with him in it.
The rest of the movie is as racist as fuck as well but this is the reason why Disney wont release the film on DVD. This is the part of the film that causes the most controversy.
At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough. No record of it needs to be kept and you don’t need someone to share it with or tell it to. When that happens – that letting go – you let go because you can. The world will always be there – while you sleep it will be there – when you wake it will be there as well. So you can sleep and there is reason to wake.
-Toni Morrison/Tar Baby
Amaud Jamaul Johnson
Given that Tartarus stands undisputed
As the very bottom of Hell, where even
The bones of the damned are scattered
By Hector’s dogs and the Gorgons weep
Blood into its veined marble floor,
Then maybe our mascot is fitting.
Noted for their venom, the Tartars,
Too, were a fallen people—hunted,
Then abandoned, and consumed again
In the Gobi by the Golden Horde. So then,
Maybe we honor them, the Little Tartar,
The scared and wolfish, the vengeful.
And who among us even remembers
Our white past, Fruit town and the Farms
Before the wig shops and gutted lots,
Miss Compton’s tinseled scepter, her bob,
A motorcade of Impalas peeling the corner
Of Cocoa and South Oleander.
So tonight, at the stadium, the Tar Babe
Prances in his Columbia blue diaper,
Welding his foam scimitar, a broken tooth
Winking like a search light from his mouth.
And those sticky mouthed foxes, clustered
In the stands with their Cracker Jacks,
Their expressions stuck between grinning
And crying, tugging at their matted hair,
And tearing the black from their paws.