ST. LOUIS SHAME ON YOU --> Must read!!

by Kevin Jordan,

Let's get to it, all week Facebook, e-mails, the TV news, newspapers, city town hall meetings, and just general conversation have highlighted the hot button topic of clubs in Downtown St.Louis, that are in jeapordy of losing their liquor licencse's, or having to close all together, because they cater to black patrons, or allow black(hip-hop nights). Now, don't get offended but let me say this to all of my brothers and sisters running around town with signs screaming racism......... Shut the F up!!!! I read an untrue, but yet pointed article that kinda sums up what's going on, it talks about how the KKK had a meeting to disband because black folks are their own worst enemies, and they could never do to us, what we do to each other!!!

DAMN.............................. Does racism exist, of course, and particularly true in the St.Louis and the state of Missouri. Can we fix it, work on it, address it, and make race relations here better? Hell no!! Why might you ask, because we are to busy being our own worst enemy, so how then can you address problems associated with race, when you can't solve problems within your race!!??!! Now this isn't just an St.Louis problem, this problem is occuring all over the United States, so I laugh when I hear St.Louisian's say, "I'm moving to such and such city because of the violence", without doing anything to address the problem here, like it won't follow you, or be there waiting when you get to the next city!! Example....In 2010, a year that we are barely half way through 15,000 people have been murdered in California, 20 people were shot and killed in Chicago over a 3-day weekend, 10 people were shot in Indianapolis on a night during the Indiana Black Expo. These are just a few examples, but there are plenty more out there, just check your news sources, we live in the information age. So yes things are happening around the country, but to address it I have to start with the people in MY CITY-ST.LOUIS, MO!!

Now over the stretch of 2010, I have sent out Weekend Roundups that have begged of us as a people, to behave as grown, adult, classy, proud men and women when we step out in public, as well as being an example to our children. But today, in light of some of the things going on with the social scene downtown, st.charles, N.County, etc. and the responses to what's going, I realize that I can do no more than say SHAME ON YOU!!! I have included myself, but what we need to do is take stock in the part that we have played in the plight of our people, change it, and then I'll sit and listen to what folks have to say about race. If you think I'm just ranting, read the next paragraph, identify yourself, and then make a conscience effort to make a change!! F.Y.I. Many of us will identify with more than one of these persons, just remember to make a change and try not to be this person(s). Oh, and by all means forward this Weekend Roundup to anyone you feel needs to read it, no matter where they are. Shame on you for allowing your children to be your best friend instead of your child! Shame on for allowing that no good, uninspired, do nothing, abusive, bum ass, oxyen stealing, down low,trifling, uneducated, hater of life between your thighs! Shame on you for laying down between the thighs of that sneaky, do nothing ass, lazy anti-progressive, (sex for jewelry, money, cars, lottery ticket, clothes, bubble gum, status, or toothpaste), penius hopping, uninspired, uneducated carrier of future misery!! Shame on you, if you produce a baby with either of the two previous mentioned Soy's(Shame on You's)! Shame on you if you plan on having a child with either of the two previous mentioned Soy's! Shame on you if you can't drink and think, but you still drink! Shame on you if you walk around your young kids in the buff, bra's, panties, underwear, or shirtless! Shame on you if kissing on different men and women around your young children, or being sexual with another adult around your children!!! Shame on you if you party with some no good MOFO's, and bring them to classy establishments so they can fuck up everybody's else's night! Shame on you for letting your kids see you do all the things you tell them not to do (drink, smoke, drugs, sex, cursing, ect.)!! Shame on you for letting anything in your club, bar, or establishment, just to make and extra buck, when you know that it's a threat to the environment, and well-being, and safety of your establishment!!!! Shame on you for allowing your kids to watch B.E.T., videos, Myspace, Facebook, Internet surfing, or play video games all damn day, everyday, instead of doing their homework, and getting involved in some school project(sports, theatre, band, dance, book club, whatever!!), or outside activities that increase their mind food!!! Shame on you for sitting outside the club, that you didn't have the deciency to put clothes on for, or spend money in, and screwing everybody who did, causing them to have a terrible night, instead of an enjoyable one!! Shame on you for playing the race card, when race didn't have anything to do with why your club is on the list for a revoked liquor licencse, or closure outside of the fact that it involved some black on black crime!! Shame on you for not finding a more worthwhile cause to fight, while soaking up all this news time on tv, the internet, the newspaper, and the Weekend Roundup!!! Shame on you, for not marching when they shut down the Bi-State bus lines, shut down and boarded public schools, ect., all while you down there marching for some clubs!!! Shame on you, me, and everyone in the community that has not stepped up to do somthing to make our community better without shifting blame!!! Shame on you if you don't have something to be ashamed about!!! I don't have to tell you, I can go on forever with this tirade, hell you can add your on "Shame on you" to the list. My point with this, was to show that there are way more things going on in our communities, that collectively projects a bad image of us on a whole. Play your part, fix what you can, and then lets come together and we can talk about the race card, but until then put it in your pipe and smoke it!!! Enjoy your weekend, and try to make it safe, enjoyable, and fun!!

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Anonymous said...

Teddy I totally agree, this is text book "US" being our worst enemies. No one is refuting the claims that racism exist in the STL and the world for that matter.

However, my ppl need to learn how to act and reflect on what their mommas used to tell them: "there's a time and a place for everything." We keep crying wolf when one shows up we are gonna be fcuked!

St. Louis is already polarized as it is and this may very well lead to a larger divide. I tell you what if I were a club owner "white or black" I'd be looking to get the heck outta dodge coz ninjas are messing with my money!

These clowns need to go kick some rocks and stop the foolishness, they are ruining it for everyone*smdh*.....mental slavery is a beotch -_-.

T Nash said...

So much to agree w/ in this the end of the day we ALL can do more to reach the lost generations...volunteering at church or w/ local organizations would be a start. We always say "I don't have time" but we're going to lose the next generation just like we've lost those over 16 if we don't help their parents &older siblings/cousins/etc...

Anonymous said...

It would be nice if someone prominent in the hip hop community could speak TO the community in the same tone. It sucks that the ones who need to hear this wont..

Daniel said...

I can smile and see that this situation has touched your brother. I think that we as people put too much stock into entertainment. I lost a good friend outside of the loft to this violence in stl this past may. I will say I am one of those people who choose not to live in STL because of violence because before age of 18 I lost all of my friends to violence. Where as my counterparts in other parts of the country have never witnessed or even experienced this type of violence. When I was 13 I saw my friend blow my other friend face of, right next to me. See our city is a small town, with a big city feel, my baby mama may be your baby mama. My cut buddy may have beenm your highschool sweet heart, this shit is like being on a plantation. From a social stand point the best things to do is to expand our horizons in academics, economics, and spritiual matters. I can't say running from violence is wrong, who wouldnt want to live in a great community. Do kids in clayton, mo. see the gun violence I witnessed? not at all. St. Louis is a unique town but those who care (my self included) have to be accountable. We have to be the agents of change.

Anonymous said...

Dope piece and was well written by man Kevin Johnson!! We act like folks was down there singing Kumbaya or sumthin not shooting!! I can't say nothing else but a fist bump to you for this

Anonymous said...

Yo Darryl,

it was written by Kevin Jordan not Johnson.... either way, it was done very well.

Anonymous said...

Its not a Saint Louis thing it's an urban thing occurring in every city. Don't go to places when you see the young bruh's with their "ghetto swag". Yeah Im judging a book by its cover, you know why, Im a hood expert. A good time is not worth ending up like the Rose man.

Teddy be careful homes, you are a good dude much bigger than pictures and shit. Build your network and influence and have other cats late night at ghetto spots (LURE, Black Label, 609, The Loft, anything in North City\County, East Saint) capturing photos for you. We need the smart bruhs like yourself to run this shit politically creating real change.



cryssrenee said...

Wow! this was a really great read. I just said yessterday I wish people stop using the word racism so loosely. Everyone needs to read this. Hate it or love it gentrification has blew a breath of fresh air on downtown. The city has put a lot of money into Washington Ave and the people have paid a lot of money to move down there. Who wants to walk out there door and not feel safe? not me! and hell I'm black, but these young rif rafs scare the hell out of me. SMH!

Anonymous said...

Also..Fuck the "Prominent Hip Hop community" they are just young bruh's with poetry skills. If they said something like "Stop the Violence" it would just be contradictory to everything they say over on a tight beat.

Better idea...carefully craft a marketing strategy that captures the mind and soul of the black professional niche market and host great events. A good friend told me she does not do the club thing she does the event. There
's a difference.

The violence wont stop without extra cops, tougher laws, and better schools.


Tabitha said...

MAN.....this piece is RIGHT ON! My favorite line..."Shame on you if you are not ashamed of anything!!" So true!!! We ALL have room to grow! This whole club situation has really caused me to be disappointed in our community. They are shutting down schools, killing each other DAILY, and the closing of clubs is what we decide to fight for??? SHAMEFUL! We always want to say "oh they just did this cause we black and that don't want us in their areas!" But let's be real....Blacks are the ones out there CLOWNIN!!! Stop acting a damn fool and maybe some of these problems will go away. We have got to stop pointing the finger. Our community is sick and we can't blame anyone but OURSELVES!! Someone lost their life at that ridiculous shooting...but no one is talking about that!! Nope, everyone is more concerned about clubs closing. SAD!