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Why is this blog called “Hello, Negro”?

From time to time I get angry comments about the name of this blog.  Most of it stems from the use of “negro” in the title.  I wonder if other blogs such as Field Negro encounter the scathing hate that has at times been directed at this site from people who are uncomfortable with our usage of the term (and likely haven’t read the postings on the site).  There a LOT of blogs that have “negro” as part of the name.  Google “blog” and “negro” and you’ll see.

I writing this post, I actually googled “blog” and “nigger”.  OH my!  I can just imagine the comments those blogs must get.  Especially one named (and I’m not kidding) “Look At This Nigger“.  Wow, that sounds like something you would hear over and over at a hood barbershop during a basketball game…but I digress.  Mighty bold!  

There are 2 main reasons I chose the name “Hello, Negro”.  Well, 2 and a possible…as they say in spades.

The Possible:  It sounds like “Hello Kitty”.  Familiarity breeds contempt, huh?  However, it’s meant to be a greeting.  I.E Hello, Bob.  See…there is a comma there people.  Most people over look that.  Thus, you could say that I’m calling everyone who visits this blog a negro.  Some may love that, some may have a serious problem with that. 

Reason 1: It’s controversial.  Blogs thrive on drama (Why do you think gossip blogs are so popular?).  Drama breeds conversation.  I knew some people were going to have a problem with the name when I chose it.  If you bought into the drama, thank you for validating what I already know about sensitivity to racial issues in America.  I get that.  You don’t have to write me an 8 paragraph comment trying to enlighten me.  Really, I get that the word is hated by many black folk.  BUT,  it’s not the n-word…not even close.  Let’s not forget my “African-Americans”, there was a time in America when we were damn proud to be Negroes.  Many African American leaders, such as MARTIN LUTHER KING referred to themselves as what…Negro.  As the kids say…Haters, Get off me!!

Reason 2:  This blog is dedicated to giving you small, digestible wake up calls.  This is expressed by the “hello” part of the name.  Hello…there is still racism in America.  Hello…here is a bit of news for you to consider.  Hello there!  What do you think about this or that subject.   You get what I’m saying?  Hello?  🙂

So, that is about as good as I can explain it…at midnight on a friday.  LOL.  It just amazes me how people just look on the surface sometimes and don’t consider how face value can be deceiving.  Read the blog before you judge it.  And if you don’t like it, that is Ok too.  Freedom of expression is the right of all.

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Hello, Negro is on Twitter

http://twitter.com/hellonegro

OH goodie, another techie site to suck up all of my free time.  LOL.  Follow us, we’ll follow you and we’ll get our general “twit” on.  Shall we?


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Nominate Hello Negro

Once again it’s on! The 2008 Black Weblog Awards is back for a fourth year, celebrating the best and brightest in the Black blogosphere.

Nominate Hello Negro for Blog to Watch!!!

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The black hustle according to Pat Buchanan

I was proud of Barack Obama for his effort of discussing race last week so deeply from a political platform. Part of me wishes he would have said more, but understand the delicate balance he had to keep in addressing the issue, but not offending potential voters. I was most concerned with people misunderstanding the message or down right not getting it. Pat Buchanan seemed to do both and show exactly why the racial divide is so great in this country. He actually states that black Americans should be grateful to white Americans since they’ve done more to uplift blacks than any other people, like this was done out of the kindness of their hearts or something. To that I say, “you break it, you bought it”. Anyway, he goes on to list various services provided to blacks by white Americans (as if white Americans in the same socioeconomic condition didn’t benefit from some of the same programs). His entire blog entry is listed below. What do you think?

March 21, 2008

PJB: A Brief for Whitey
posted by Linda

By Patrick J. Buchanan How would he pull it off? I wondered.How would Barack explain to his press groupies why he sat silent in a pew for 20 years as the Rev. Jeremiah Wright delivered racist rants against white America for our maligning of Fidel and Gadhafi, and inventing AIDS to infect and kill black people?How would he justify not walking out as Wright spewed his venom about “the U.S. of K.K.K. America,” and howled, “God damn America!”My hunch was right. Barack would turn the tables.Yes, Barack agreed, Wright’s statements were “controversial,” and “divisive,” and “racially charged,” reflecting a “distorted view of America.”

But we must understand the man in full and the black experience out of which the Rev. Wright came: 350 years of slavery and segregation.

Barack then listed black grievances and informed us what white America must do to close the racial divide and heal the country.

The “white community,” said Barack, must start “acknowledging that what ails the African-American community does not just exist in the minds of black people; that the legacy of discrimination — and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past — are real and must be addressed. Not just with words, but with deeds … .”

And what deeds must we perform to heal ourselves and our country?

The “white community” must invest more money in black schools and communities, enforce civil rights laws, ensure fairness in the criminal justice system and provide this generation of blacks with “ladders of opportunity” that were “unavailable” to Barack’s and the Rev. Wright’s generations.

What is wrong with Barack’s prognosis and Barack’s cure?

Only this. It is the same old con, the same old shakedown that black hustlers have been running since the Kerner Commission blamed the riots in Harlem, Watts, Newark, Detroit and a hundred other cities on, as Nixon put it, “everybody but the rioters themselves.”

Was “white racism” really responsible for those black men looting auto dealerships and liquor stories, and burning down their own communities, as Otto Kerner said — that liberal icon until the feds put him away for bribery.

Barack says we need to have a conversation about race in America.

Fair enough. But this time, it has to be a two-way conversation. White America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to.

This time, the Silent Majority needs to have its convictions, grievances and demands heard. And among them are these:

First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.

Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.

Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the ’60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream. Continue reading

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Contribute to StuffBlackPeopleLike.com

Message from Sista…

Hey, StuffBlackPeopleLike.com aka StuffBlackPeopleLove.com is looking for contributors.  How do I know?  It’s our newest blog.  LOL  Yes, Hello, Negro’s newest venture is trying not to let the site turn into another “Hot Ghetto Mess” and at the same time foster some discussion about Black popular culture.    The whole stuff(fill in the blank)peoplelike think is trendy right now, but we we want to create something lasting, so that means diverse content.   I thought about it…give it a good 200 posts and you would be hard pressed to find something new to say Black people like that is acutally authentic and genuine.  We don’t just want posts about stuff Black people like, we also want you to write about what black culture is (and what it’s not). Who better to do that than a whole lot of different black folk from different backgrounds.  We’re just starting out so there isn’t much content, but take a look.

If you have a blog and would like to be a regular contributor send a link to your site for review.  If you would just like to submit a post, send it and we’ll review it.  Email: contact@stuffblackpeoplelove.com.  We will eventually convert this blog into a community blog.

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Reality Show Casting: The Black Woman’s Guide to Marrying Well

I got this info today and thought some of you Sistas might be interested. – Sista


I’m Executive Producer of the new reality television show, “The Black Woman’s Guide to Marrying Well” that will air Fall 2008. Currently, we’re looking for single black women in search of their soul mate who’d like the opportunity to find him (or figure out why they haven’t as of yet) on our show. Please link our casting blog to your site and tell everyone you know to audition at one of our nationwide castings. Thanks so much! Visit the casting blog at http://blackwomansguide.blogspot.com.Kassandra Vaughn, Executive Producer and CEO, Clean Slate Films

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Mother sued for blogging about discrimination at daughter’s school

Whatever happened to free speech??? More who are using the internet to vent their frustrations are being sued (anti-defamation) by those they trash. This has even effected parents who complain about poor school performance and environment.

“Late last month an Orlando, Fla., mother blogged about her 7-year-old daughter’s private school, which she claimed discriminated against “mixed-raced” students and generally made her child unhappy.

When the New School of Orlando got wind of the Sonjia McSween’s blog, it sued her for defamation for claiming that the school had a “kickback” scheme arranged with a psychologist.

McSween could not be reached for comment.

“This has nothing to do with someone not liking a school or not liking their treatment,” said David Simmons, the lawyer representing the prep school, who brushed aside the notion that the school was just unhappy about the negative attention. “It has everything to do with the allegations that there was a kickback scheme that she has no basis for. We are suing her to make her stop.”” – ABCNews.com

You know black people LOVE to put their kids in private school. Love, Love, Love. Well, you better just gossip and spread your opinion via phone and lip, huh??? Good old fashioned trashing a good name. LOL

As a blogger, of course I feel that i should be able to say whatever I feel…within the generally accepted rule of law of course. I’m not trying to be sued, but I’m also not trying to be censored or bullied. Visit this article from ABC News to learn about other cases of consumers and parents being sued.

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