Why I Don’t Do Cliques…

I’m upset about your President of US accepting McChrystal’s resignation. I have my own reasons, mainly, I felt that McChrystal did nothing that most war-scarred humans do when stressed, they poke fun at those that have never been through what they have. Further, McChrystal was a decorated soldier, well received by his soldiers, and regarded as the type of officer who would get down in the dirt with his soldiers. I am just as anti-war as the next bleeding heart liberal, but if we are going to talk war, let’s talk war. But eh…

 

Anyway, I see a lot of people with differing opinions, and that is acceptable. I don’t expect my opinion on the situation to be the holy grail, no matter how informed I may believe it is. One of the major reasons I don’t do intellectual cliques is because it can limit your ability to critically assess situations, and even simply apply your own spin. I see many people, that I will not waste your time screen capping, responding to today’s events as though a Black person shouldn’t be concerned. Why not?

 

How does my socially constructed “blackness” have anything to do with my response to the global affects of a provocative Rolling Stones article? What kind of “blackness” should I allow to limit my expressions of what I deem important? When are black people going to grow up?

 

If you can’t be questioned, you and I will probably not be in discussions long. I don’t need to hear a lot of slick talk. Trust me, I probably wrote a few books on slick talking and don’t even know it. I don’t need to hear a lot of aggressive talk. I am not impressed by it. Let’s discuss the issues, fact-check one another, and build together. Building together doesn’t mean you seek to look right. It means presenting relevant information, perspectives, and keeping everything focused on developing truths that can become practical principles of behavior. I don’t need a clique of people to agree with everything I say. I know what books I’ve read, I want to get ideas from others with information I don’t have. If you ask me where I got a certain perspective from, I will tell you. But I don’t have to force my opinion on you and hope you respect me enough to do the same.