When a black man comes home from college with a degree and has no criminal record to speak of, why is it that he is ostracized and looked down upon, but when a black prisoner is released, every one of his brethren is happier than when they themselves win the lottery? If that is not a shameful pictorial of Black America, what is?
How about when Lil Boosie, a New Orleans-based MC, is released from Louisiana State Penitentiary in the state's capital, Baton Rouge, after serving four years incarcerated on charges of marijuana possession, and almost every black person is celebrating, especially on Facebook and Twitter?
One other public figure is disgusted, as he should be, at this maddening behavior by the black race at large: Jason Weaver.
Weaver, best known for being the singing voice of Simba the lion cub in Disney's The Lion King and for many other film and television roles, including the TV series Sister, Sister and Smart Guy, had a lot to say on March 6, when he raged on Instagram about the response to Boosie's release, according to BET.com:
"Ok so.... I see a lot ppl on IG posting stuff about Lil Boosie gettin out of prison, talmbout [sic] 'Welcome Home' 'Boosie Back' and all kinds of other coon s--t. The problem I have with the IG posts regarding him gettin out is it's being displayed like it's some kind of thing to celebrate. I'm sorry man, but why can't we celebrate young black men who have stayed OUT of prison?"
And there are a number of black men who have stayed out of prison, including, for the most part, Weaver and the like. But these men are looked down upon, especially by women, as cowardly and unwilling to do whatever is necessary to fulfill their needs, especially by illegal means. This is sickening.
The MC, born Terrence Hatch, is working out a new deal with his label, Warner Music Group's Atlantic Records, and shopping, as well as spending time with his children, so an immediate response to Weaver would be improbable.
However, Weaver brings up an excellent point, concluding his Instagram rant with this:
"I'm not judging Boosie or any other individual who may have faced similar circumstances. It would sure be cool though if we posted more pics of our young brothas receiving high school diplomas, college degrees, and cool s--t like that instead of a playa gettin out of prison mane. I'm about celebrating milestones in young black men's lives that we can REALLY be proud of! Sorry."
Naturally, the Free Boosie army of absent-minded fanboys pounced on the TV star/singer calling him, "an old a** ni**g in need of money... and some clout" and someone looking for "unnecessary attention." One commenter condemned Weaver's comments with the usual ignorant remark:
"Let people cele[brate] whoever they want to celebrate bro. What's [it] to you?"
That's far from the point. Freedom of speech is one thing, but irresponsible words are another. We live in a society where the scholar is frowned upon and the criminal is the hero, such as in the cases of Jesse James and John Gotti, two men who did a lot worse than Boosie was sentenced for but received cult status. True, there were W.E.B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington, Malcolm X, and Daniel Hale Williams to name a few, but those men of character and distinction are hardly more than a glimmer in our collective eyes nowadays, and that is a shame.
Instead, in the urban areas mainly, we celebrate 2Pac, the Notorious BIG, and Mac Dre, each as having a more important violent death than those of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Medgar Evers combined, for example. While the former three's music spoke volumes about urban life and the lack of options outside of crime, the latter three tried to prevent that from continuing. The urban drug dealer is the "rock star," so to speak, while the gentlemanly scholar is nothing. To make matters worse, the black youth sees only three options: basketball player, drug dealer, or MC - or a combination of two or all three. As far as females go, we as a race have gone from praising Althea Gibson, Sojourner Truth and Queen Latifah to using Nicki Minaj, Nene Leakes, and big-butt video vixens as examples of how women should behave, when it is totally the opposite.
This must come to an end.
It's time for the men who have contributed positive things to our communities to get the highlight and the praise they deserve. While it is unknown what Weaver has done to help his old Chicago neighborhood, we have not heard about him getting in trouble with the law for doing stupid things. But he is called "old" and "desperate for attention" by his peers.
Perhaps, Boosie can learn from his mistakes and prevent himself from repeating them or doing something dumber, but if not, we should let him stew in his own pot, stop yelling, "Free Boosie," and not be more excited if they let him out than if our own family member(s) graduate from college.
We have a LONG way to go.
Columbia, SC, tell us what you think about the entire situation - is Weaver a hater, or a smart man?
Credit to BET.com.