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.

4 thoughts on “Why I Don’t Do Cliques…

  1. i asked myself long ago would i be willing to be publicly persecuted to fight on behalf of my people, youth, seniors, and everything i believe in. i’ve been preparing and separating myself ever since i agreed to my own terms to become a soldier. it’s a lonely and hate-filled road.

    there are still the side-effects and of course the natural instinct is sway your thoughts, especially if it’s dealing with black folks. they are the hardest group to challenge. just having this conversation with someone else about how we do not accept criticism well. anyone who steps outside of the general black thought, we are considered traitors or sell-outs. to some that is detrimental because they become silent. it’s still that don’t let anyone know we’re at odds when white folks can debate and go out for coffee later. i would want to have that same camaraderie with my brothas and sistas. i know for me, i must exercise turning on the critical thinking cap and turning off the passion while debating…we all want to be heard…but what are we saying?

    i digress..(ms. scatterbrain over here)

    thank you for REMINDING me that cliques must stay in h.s. (smile) and to continue to challenge things. we all have the gift of critical thinking. i enjoy exercising mine…

    great post!

    peace!

    jj

    p.s. rolling stones has some of the best writing…really thought-provoking. pulled it up while reading this…thanks for the referral.

    p.p.s. thanks for stopping by and commenting..appreciate your words..

  2. i asked myself long ago would i be willing to be publicly persecuted to fight on behalf of my people, youth, seniors, and everything i believe in. i’ve been preparing and separating myself ever since i agreed to my own terms to become a soldier. it’s a lonely and hate-filled road.

    there are still the side-effects and of course the natural instinct is sway your thoughts, especially if it’s dealing with black folks. they are the hardest group to challenge. just having this conversation with someone else about how we do not accept criticism well. anyone who steps outside of the general black thought, we are considered traitors or sell-outs. to some that is detrimental because they become silent. it’s still that don’t let anyone know we’re at odds when white folks can debate and go out for coffee later. i would want to have that same camaraderie with my brothas and sistas. i know for me, i must exercise turning on the critical thinking cap and turning off the passion while debating…we all want to be heard…but what are we saying?

    i digress..(ms. scatterbrain over here)

    thank you for REMINDING me that cliques must stay in h.s. (smile) and to continue to challenge things. we all have the gift of critical thinking. i enjoy exercising mine…

    great post!

    peace!

    jj

    p.s. rolling stones has some of the best writing…really thought-provoking. pulled it up while reading this…thanks for the referral.

    p.p.s. thanks for stopping by and commenting..appreciate your words..

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