No Justice No Peace Part 3

Posted: August 12, 2014 in Current Events

Updated August 12, 2014

I posted this a little over a year ago. I was angry about the sense of injustice that permeated the United States last summer. There have been multiple shootings and violence against People of Color again this summer. In response, I’m republishing last year’s post, a satire on the Black Codes many of us know and live by/with. We don’t like them, but we know them well. As I said in a previous post, “Black boys are not decoys for target practice.” I offer it  for your consideration.

 

Originally published July 15, 2013

Official Complexion Behavior Manifesto

Important information for African American People of Color (POC) for surviving successfully while navigating the planet with those who are colorless

cp_i_am_a_man_original_medium(POC) Men

You MAY as often as possible:

Be subservient and obedient including when in the presence of those who have no authority and/or are much younger than you

Be cheerful

Be humble

Be peaceful

Be helpful

Be modest

Be as non threatening as possible even if you’re in a threatening situation

If you’re tall make yourself  small, if you’re small make yourself smaller

Wear non descript clothes, so you’ll be easier to accuse and identify, because you will be perceived as a suspect just because you exist

Present yourself as someone who is there to serve others and make their life easier

Appear as if you don’t have any personal needs

Smile constantly as if you never have any concerns.  Show your teeth A LOT

Act eternally grateful when someone expresses surprise and complements you by saying “You’re so articulate!” Be sure to appear that it’s the nicest compliment you’ve EVER received, and that you’ve never heard that before

Act like you enjoy being stared at, especially if the person has a dismissive or disdainful expression and attitude

DO NOT STARE BACK

Pretend that you don’t know what the words disagree, rebel, or anger mean

Specific for young male (POC) ages 12-25:

Do not:

Walk alone on public streets

Walk in groups of 2 or more

Ride in cars alone

Ride in cars with 2 or more

Put your hands in your pockets

Take your hands out of your pockets

Reach for your cell phone (to the uneducated, all cell phones look like guns)

If your parents live in a “nice” neighborhood:

Walk the streets of that neighborhood

Ride in a car on those neighborhood streets

Be advised you may not EVER be able to get home on neighborhood streets if you leave the house, without experiencing extremely dangerous consequences up to and including death (for which you will be blamed)  It is highly recommended that all young male POC ages 18-25 remain indoors in the center of the home away from windows until protective measures guaranteeing their safety have been developed.  Please be advised that navigating the planet in any public capacity puts YOU AT GRAVE RISK at all times. Please be advised that unfortunately,  protective measures have yet to be fully developed or effectively implemented during the last three centuries. Black boys are not decoys for target practice.

10-african-american-women-backbone-of-boycott-copy(POC) Women

You MAY as often as possible:

Be positive

Be sassy but only in a non combative, entertaining way

Present yourself as someone who is there to serve others and make their life easier

Appear as if you don’t have any personal needs

Find a way to appear incredibly unrealistically strong, yet super passive and non intimidating

Be seen as sexy even if it’s inappropriate to the situation

Be open and accepting to being overtly disrespected and sexualized

Smile constantly as if you never have any concerns. Show your teeth A LOT

Act eternally grateful when someone expresses surprise and complements you by saying “You’re so articulate!” Be sure to appear that it’s the nicest compliment you’ve EVER received, and that you’ve never heard that before

Pretend that you don’t know what the words disagree, rebel, or anger mean

Let anyone and everyone touch your hair, especially if they don’t first ask permission, and be sure to act like you like it

Never ask to touch their hair

Act like you enjoy being stared at, especially if the person has a dismissive or disdainful expression and attitude

DO NOT STARE BACK

Pretend that you don’t know what the words disagree, rebel, or anger mean

For female POC who are mothers:

If you are a mom, be prepared to feel perpetually anxious, helpless, hopeless and hopeful about the safety of your children, particularly if they are young male POC. Be hyper vigilant AT ALL TIMES.  Although this may put your health and your relationship with your children at risk, at least you’ll feel that you’re taking some kind of action. Be so strict that your children can barely breath, hover so close that they can’t move, AS LONG AS THEY ARE SAFE

NO JUSTICE NO PEACERules For Traumatic  Situations All POC:

When faced with injustice of any kind – PEACEFUL, PASSIVE REACTIONS ARE MANDATORY!!!!!

Note: expressing any emotion other than the above will be subject to censorship, will evoke fear and surprise, and will elicit smug “I told you so” reactions.

When reacting to the death of a Person of Color and the possible victimization or criminalization of said deceased person, WAIT UNTIL AN OFFICIAL PERSON OF COLOR REPRESENTATIVE (who is expected to speak for ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR) is interviewed, and they will tell you how you’re supposed to feel, then take immediate steps to feel and act that way

Cultivate a noble persona

Never raise your left eyebrow, clench your jaw or fist, or roll your eyes when you hear the media act surprised as they report that some POC openly expressed anger or even worse, obvious rage at any perceived injustice.

NOTE: Rage is unacceptable

Suspect and accept injustice especially if its obviously of a racial nature.

NEVER point out that perceived injustice is of a racial nature (no matter how obvious)

Whenever injustice and/or anything negative of a racial matter happens, NO MATTER HOW HORRIFIC, expect to be advised to “do something positive” as your reaction

Do not EVER voice emotions that may be perceived as aggressively non compliant, you will be permanently labeled controversial, regardless of the validity of the issue.

The above policies should be posted and kept accessible, all adults must have the above policies committed to memory and followed completely by the age of 18-NO EXCEPTIONS.   Parents are required to incorporate the complete Complexion Behavior Manifesto into your families’ Home Training sessions.   Random Attitude Testing Is Now In effect.

Failure to comply is not an option-your life could depend on this.

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Comments
  1. PETRONIA says:

    A heavy load for POC course #101 in 2013!! Fifty years after Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream”,
    POC and others must confront the injustice of these times and together “We WILL Overcome”.

    Like

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