Being black in America is like a roller coaster ride at Kings Dominion. One minute you're at the top of the world looking down on creation and the next minute you're at the bottom holding your stomach wondering why you got on that crazy thing to start with.
Not even a month ago, black folks were on a natural high over the inauguration of Barack Obama. Seems like just yesterday folks were all googly eyed over President Obama dancing with his lovely wife Michelle at the Inaugural Ball. Every news channel was showing the first couple as the epitome of black love.
We were so proud.
But what is the main news story on every radio station and anywhere two or more black folks are gathered, today?
Chris Brown allegedly giving his girlfriend, Rhianna, a beat down...
Now, I'm not saying that this is not news. They are one of the hottest couples in the biz today. My concern is the attention we give trivial things while the rest of the world deals with grown folks business.
This being Black History Month, there are a million other things that we could focus on besides who drop kicked who this week.
And based on the fact that the media rarely cover more than one black issue at a time "Chris vs Rhianna" is taking up a lot of valuable space.
Also, mainstream America still has a myopic view of "blackness." So as far as the jacked up image of black men, we're back to business as usual.
Does Chris Brown represent all black men in America ?
Of course not.
Neither does President Obama to tell the truth.
However, with all the build up of the coming of the "new black man" over the last year, the alleged fight is kinda disheartening. It is a shame that news about the President's economic recovery plan was bumped by some ghetto mess.
Maybe one day we'll get our priorities straight.
Until then, more news about Chris and Rhianna tonight on the 11 o'clock news.