this is my JAM

good thing i dont have a child ready to get borned real soon cuz id name it

charles deadgiveaway ramsey pierce the third

now some of my people cringe when they see some of my people, lets say, being so colorful

and soulful like the hide your kids guy

or Sweet “Aint Nobody Got Time for That” Brown

or Michelle “Kabooyao” Clark.

they’re worried that it suggests black folks are only interesting if they’re acting cray.

“It’s difficult to watch these videos and not sense that their popularity has something to do with a persistent, if unconscious, desire to see black people perform,” Slate’s Aisha Harris writes.

i totally understand her concern but here’s my belief.

i believe that we’re here on this weird crust for a blink of an eye.

and as an aspiring storyteller, if one day i am blessed with the opportunity to tell an interesting story

and i can do it in such a unique way that people are compelled to autotune it and love it

for whatever reason

then mission accomplished.

thank God babies and kittens and michael jordan and angus young and sunsets and Wrigley Field are not afraid of allowing themselves to really be themselves and not some watered down

“normal”

half assed version of themselves.

thank God they let us love them for who they are for being confident in who they are.

like my man Kai, the homeless hero

Ruslan Tsarni the uncle of the two suspected Boston Bombers

even Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver

as a journalist don’t you prefer when people keep it real even when the cameras are rolling? i do.

just as a person i prefer that.

isn’t life difficult enough trying to figure if people are being 100% genuine and forthright with you?

why suggest to some that they have to anglicize their speech, actions, and behaviors

so that it makes you feel more comfortable?

to quote a white rapper, “you think im gonna change my style just to fit in?”

and even before he said that The Untouchables recommended that we free ourselves. and i agree

some newspapers do this thing where they try to shame criminals by printing their pic

kids

recently in Chattanooga, Tennessee a bunch of rich high schoolers at a private school

were popped for underage drinking

one young lady either has a lawyer for a parent

or is stoked to finally get her picture in the paper.

maybe it’s good that i’m not a parent because even though i’d be sad if my kid was arrested

i’d be stoked that they were all, is that all you got on me copper?

anyways, i’d like to see a debate from local papers as to how they’d have dealt with this story.

seems unnecessary to me, but i’d like to hear from the Times Free Press as to why this made their pages.

h/t reddit for exposing this chattanooga crimewave