The Bridge: The Stupid Top Ten

By Darryl James

Man, freedom of speech is wasted on many Americans who speak freely, but say some of the stupidest things. Sometimes, when I repeat some of the stupid things I have heard from people, my intelligent friends think I am making them up…until they hear someone say something similar.

Some Americans are so stupid that they make statements that aren’t even probable, let alone possible. Yet, they make them with conviction and defend the stupidity with righteous indignation.

In another Top Ten list, here are ten of the stupidest things I have heard recently:

The Stupid Top Ten

Black women claiming interracial love as a “revolution.”

A revolution would be for Black men and Black women to deal with the propaganda that has been said about each of us and resolve our issues, so that we can stop hating each other. This statement is stupid, but particularly so, when the same people who claim this as a revolution and recommend it for others, whine and moan about Black men who date outside of the revolution.  Jumping the fence is weak and stupid. Oh, and it also fails to provide any real results since the marriage rate of Black women hasn’t risen.

People who think that helping an American citizen with public funds is wrong, but staunchly support benefits for illegal immigrants and failing corporations.

American citizens pay taxes so that they can receive services from the government. Illegal immigrants may be escaping inhuman conditions in their own country, but they are breaking the law to be here. If the nation can provide benefits for them, there should be no opposition to providing benefits for American citizens.

People who think that “supporting” your business efforts means getting something free.

To be clear, it does nothing or an entrepreneur when you ask for something free. And it makes your stupidity evident when you become angry that they won’t accommodate you. Supporting a business means making a financial transaction or spreading a good word to get others to make financial transactions. Businesses exist to make money. That’s why they call it money.

People with tattoos on their necks and faces who wonder why it’s hard to find a job.

It may be popular for people who don’t have jobs like celebrities to look like idiots with permanent face paint, but it’s destructive for you to make the same bonehead move. It’s not racist or even wrong for someone to want normal human beings who look decent to be employed and if you want to work there, you need to look decent as well.

Men who wear women’s jeans or other clothing items who claim not to be gender challenged.

Kanye West and Justin Beiber may be popular, but men wearing women’s jeans and sweaters isn’t, unless you are in a transition or making a statement with your sexuality. And don’t bring Prince into this, because he really did make a statement at the start of his career.

Americans of any race who think that it’s justified to execute Troy Davis, while he maintains his innocence, but simply jail Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz after murdering one child and severely beating another.

They may have been following the psychotic ranting in the book “To Train Up A Child,” but they are evil and should be executed. The bastard Kevin got 22 years and the bitch Elizabeth, got 12 years.

People from other communities demanding that Black people support their cause.

I don’t see gays or Hispanics lining up to fight for the rights of African Americans, so I really need both of those communities to stop pressing my community to support their issues as though we owe them something. Some of us will be down for you, but those of us who are not owe you nothing!

Black people pretending to know what ALL Black people are doing based on a few goofy celebrities.

Okay, Rapper X and Basketball Player Y are both Black men with white wives. What does that have to do with the average Black man? Nothing. Unless you are stupid.

People thinking that sites like Wikipedia constitutes “research.”

I love it when someone is making a stupid argument on the Internet and then cites Wikipedia as “evidence” of what they are saying. Umm…get a library card, idiot!

10  Black people claiming that President Obama is a failure to Black people.

As a president, any citizen can claim that he or any other president has failed the nation. But to pretend that he was supposed to put on a cape and become Super-Negro and save only Blacks was just stupid. He’s been so hemmed up by thuggish Republicans and abandoned by weak-kneed Democrats that it’s a wonder he’s been able to accomplish anything.

These are the stupid top ten for this week and I reserve the right to add to it at any time. You can reserve the right to add to it, even if that addition is yourself.

Darryl James is an award-winning author of the powerful new anthology “Notes From The Edge.”  James’ stage play, “Love In A Day,” opened in Los Angeles this Spring and will be running throughout 2011. View previous installments of this column at Reach James at


3 Responses to “The Bridge: The Stupid Top Ten”

  1. Thanks for this ‘top ten’ list. As the year continues to unfold, I suspect that you will make a few more ‘additions’.

  2. I enjoyed reading the top 10 stupid list and agree with everything you said. Very well written and explained. It’s like you were in my head because I always complain about other groups wanting us as black people to support their causes but do nothing to support black folks and their causes. I hate when I see people like AL Sharpton and Jesse Jackson talk about illegal immigrants and how they are being treated, but does very little to impact black folks life or causes unless it’s a high profile situation or some money to be made. Once again great post. You are very talented.

  3. Tina Carson Says:

    You are full of wisdom, my brother and you are not alone. I live in an area where most of the black men want a white woman on their arm. But what gets me are the brothers that employ all blacks but then want a white woman on their arm. However, I haven’t lost faith in black men because I know that there are lots of them that haven’t sold/souled out. Therefore, I will keep praying for them.

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