Aedonis Bravo is killing it.
Aedonis is an intelligent young man on the rise. At his blog Unlock Your Bravado, he writes about self-improvement and social commentary, focusing on issues surrounding the black community. He’s even written a couple of books.
He is also a friend of mine on Twitter.
Mindset guru and reluctant political provocateur Mike Cernovich is raising funds on Kickstarter for a documentary called Silenced: Our War on Free Speech (full disclosure: I am a backer) and has asked Aedonis to be in it.
Things are looking up for Aedonis. And I just love seeing deserving people doing well.
Part of the reason I’ve taken to Aedonis’ writing is because he’s a bit of a contrarian, which is what makes him so interesting. Recently, he posted a provocative article about something he calls nig nog culture:
The common nig nog today is between the ages of 16-24, typically can be found on twitter retweeting memes and tweeting rap lyrics, and generally going with the flow with no direction.
Nig nogs tend to be heavily involved with some type of substance – be it weed, lean (promethezine-codeine for those who don’t know), xanax, percocets…. the list goes on.
Nig nogs tend to be very materialistic and value instant gratification over long-term value. That’s why you’ll find a lot of them at the bus stop with a Gucci belt that isn’t even holding their pants up.
He’s not a fan of nig nogs.
But I’m not here to join in the nig nog pile on. I’m no expert on the black community or black issues. What I am here to do is give my perspective on a topic–you know the one–that’s a third-rail of American discourse. A topic white people like me generally try to avoid. But in the spirit of Aedonis, screw it, here goes:
I hate seeing what is happening to the black community in America.
There. I said it. I’m well aware that whitey can’t win when it comes to race-talk. White people gets criticized for not caring, and then when we does take an interest, it’s just proof of our racism, somehow (I haven’t worked this one out yet), and at best is insultingly paternalistic.
If you’re human–and if you can read this, you are–I doubt you are okay living in a country where one certain group is almost guaranteed to end up (1) poor, (2) fatherless, (3) in jail, (4) dead, (5) woefully under-educated, or (6) all of the above. And it’s not like this is a recent thing. With the exception of a few brief decades, things have been bad for black Americans since day one. And despite all of the programs and all of the promises, things have gotten no better.
The insidious thing is that black America’s problems are normalized, celebrated, and encouraged by forces that want to keep them poor and angry, as long as they pull the lever for the right candidates.
Here’s another thing that pisses me off: Seeing blacks and whites constantly at each other’s throats.
Time for me to put on the tinfoil hat yet again, but I can come to no other conclusion than that this is being done on purpose. Why else are black and white, man and woman, religious and atheist, Republican and Democrat, being pitted against each other at every turn?
But talk about it . . . whoa! Talk about it and you become the enemy.
I’m so glad people are starting to see through the lies.
There’s a power grab going on here. Nig nog culture and stifling free speech are only a part of it.
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