I went to a Black Student Movement meeting last week. I was, to put it simply, amused.
The first thing we (or should I say they?) did was to sing the Negro National Anthem. My notes on the subject read as follows: “oh my gracious — my jaw dropped.”
My favorite line: “True to our God, true to our native land.” You can hear this antiquated anthem by visiting the BSM’s website where you will enjoy totally unnecessary pictures of, among other, more worthwhile pictures, Malcolm X and black panthers.
The second thing on the agenda was to say the Black Student Movement preamble. In the midst of this strange chant I heard unnerving phrases. In it they reaffirm their commitment to “black ideals and culture” because they “embrace a culture distinct from the dominant culture found at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.”
Next, there was the News of the Week presented by some sort of political action committee. During this time, news was relayed in a race-centric manner. In other words, the news was only worthy if it involved black people in some direct or indirect way. Most noticeably, the news item was somehow more reliable if somehow their obnoxious delusion of oppression was reinforced.
After that we heard the “Black fact” of the week. I have forgotten now what it regarded.
The main attraction of this specific meeting was a presentation from the Celebration of Black Womanhood committee. They offered an informative and (I thought) well done presentation regarding domestic abuse in light of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
But, the highlight of the meeting was yet to come: a heated debate regarding the future of Chris Brown and Rihanna. If you don’t know the intricacies of their domestic dispute, I will not endeavor to relay them to you, as they are too frivolous to mention.
In conclusion, I am sorry if this post offends some, but I have no tolerance for racism. The members of BSM that I have met were kind, but misdirected. I am sick of the hypocrisy of the university in allowing such an obviously racist organization to exist. The leadership was entirely mistaken when they said that their meetings were welcoming of all races.
Now, an announcement: I am going to visit a YWC meeting. We shall see which of these organizations more worships at the debilitating shrine of inherent identities. I will hopefully have a like report for you next week.
UPDATE: I have been made to understand that the YWC does not have weekly meetings. Well, whatever, you get my point. . .
Note: My Review Crew isn’t up yet. Sorr-eeeyyyyyyyyy.