The Bridge: Dirty Black Secrets, Part 2—Countering Lies & Deception

By Darryl James

Last week, I discussed a powerful dirty Black secret: Many Black women are a huge problem for Black America.

One of the reasons is that they are the strongest perpetrators of feminism in this nation. We saw in the 2008 election a powerful rejection of Hillary Clinton by older white men and younger white women who know she represents feminism. They know what the propaganda has done to American relationships and the roles of men and women. Yet, Black women act out the feminist propaganda on a regular basis, while many of them claim that they are not feminists.

According to Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s propaganda minister, “Propaganda works best when those being manipulated are confident that they are acting out of their own free will.”

And of course it’s propaganda. Otherwise, we would have to believe that Black women simply woke up and decided to become “independent,” and to proclaim loudly and prolifically that they “don’t need men.”

If it smells bad, it’s usually rotten.

But it’s not just Black women. Black people in general view every aspect of life from a deficit model, which begins with the assumption that something is wrong.

Both Black men and Black women have been inculcated with some of the most horrible propaganda about Black people, particularly about Black men. And they pass it around faster and more prolifically than any venomous racist ever could.

The dirty Black secret is that when it comes to propaganda, the enemy is Black.

Any given comedian would have the world believe that whites are perfect and, based on their punch lines, that Black people are everything that is wrong with the world.

This explains why we hear the “more Black men in prison than college” myth, and a host of other lies which paint the Black man in a horrible light.

According to the U.S. Census, there were around 17,945,068 Black males in the nation. Around 6.3 percent are in college and 4.7 percent are in prison.

My friend and colleague Janks Morton has updated the anti-Black Myth machine with a new book called “Black People Don’t Read: The Definitive Guide to Dismantling Stereotypes and Negative Statistical claims about Black Americans,” in which he illustrates that “The remaining 89 percent of Black men have already graduated from college, already served a prison sentence, have a life trajectory that does not involve college or prison, or are too young for either to apply.”

Morton agrees with me that Blacks have to stop talking about how poorly we are doing as a people for two reasons: First, because when we speak negatively, it affects our self-esteem and accordingly, our ability to succeed and Second, because many of the things we say simply are not the truth.

The dirty Black secret is that Black people—not white males or white women—perpetuate the myth that Black men are somehow a “dying breed.” Yet, in “Black People Don’t Read,” Morton illustrates that “according to the U.S. Census, since 1970 there are 3.9 million less White Males and 2.5 million more Black Males, age 15 to 25, in the U.S. population.”

And Black women do not escape the negative hype.

Any given moron will spout teen pregnancy as some epidemic causing Black women to drop out faster than flies. But if the moron did some real research, he would realize that, according to the Center for Disease Control, Black Teenage Pregnancy rates have been reduced by 56.42% from 1991-2009.

And while Black college enrollment could always be higher, Black men are not dropping out of high school and simply failing to garner a diploma. There is no 50% dropout rate. Again, according to the US Census, 83.43% of Black men over the age of 18 have a high school diploma, but when stats are negatively manipulated, we find that Black men who switch schools before graduating (from another school), or who miss a semester but finishes, or who test out before their class are not included because the focus of the negative statement is on Black men who graduate from 12th grade with their 9th grade class.

The dropout rate for Black males is 9.5%. Slap yourself.

Black men and Black women have been inculcated with some of the most horrible propaganda about Black people, particularly about Black men. And they pass it around faster and more prolifically than any venomous racist ever could.

Any give comedian would have the world believe that whites are perfect and, based on their punch lines, that Black people are everything that is wrong with the world.

Another dirty Black secret is that many of the institutions that were originally designed to help Blacks uplift themselves are in fact, the cause of Black misery in many cases.

Next Week: Dirty Black Secrets, Part 3—Alphabet Soup

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 in 2011 and will become a feature film in 2012. View previous installments of this column at Reach James at

One Response to “The Bridge: Dirty Black Secrets, Part 2—Countering Lies & Deception”

  1. I guess i need to challenge your idea about black women and feminism–“true” American feminism is not practiced by black women in thought, theory or action because true American feminism is a political strategy for white people to maintain a disproportionate amount of wealth and jobs for their communities all while creating an illusion of equality.

    Let me further explain–American feminism was brought out of the idea that white women were a minority and that Affirmative Action was needed for them and other PoC to have equal opportunities in employment, education and so forth…since its inception there have been numerous reports that the largest beneficiary of Affirmative Action is in fact white women. This makes no sense as white women belong to the most numerous group of women in this country. Also, the disproportionate amount of wealth in this country is held by the white woman’s father, husband, brother etc and white men and women do not live in separate communities so in essence she has access to the same resources that white men do–therefore white women are not a “minority” in any sense of the word. Feminism is a political strategy that pools resources from the white community to the white community by way of white women.

    Since this dynamic is not true for black women and our communities black women are not “feminists” in any sense of the word. In fact, if one is totally honest about any history of black women and the feminist movement–one would observe that black women were consistently pushed out and marginalised by these groups. See the explanation above as to why. Because it was not about the “rights of women”, more about the growing concerns and fears of white people that resources would somehow be channeled from their communities into the black communities during the Civil Rights Movement. Therefore it is completely misguided and inaccurate to say black women took up with the “feminist” movement and are now the cause of all of the black communities familial woes. The cause of the black communities economic, political and family hardships lies at the root of not black men or black women but the deliberate miseducation of black children through school integration which has created at least two generations of adults who have no real knowledge of themselves and are unable to draw inspiration from their own history and culture, the “war on drugs”, urbanization and not knowing how to defend ourselves against racial terrorism in the many ways that it manifests.

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