“Steve Harvey Said What?”

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Maybe I should have named this “What did Steve do now?” In case you haven’t heard, Harvey has been receiving some heavy criticism from the black community (yes I said community) these days due to some unnerving comments he made recently on his daytime show. During his “Ask Steve” segment, the retired comedian was asked by a white woman from Greensboro, NC what to do if she finds herself in a conversation with a “history buff” seeing that she is clueless when it comes to that subject. And on cue, Harvey put on his white gloves, shinned up his tap shoes, and told the woman what he do would do and told her to just say, “I don’t really care for slavery, and walk away.” But that’s not all folks. Harvey continued in his sell-out antics to coon for white folks as he further went on to say:

“I don’t give a damn if they’re talking about Christopher Columbus. I don’t give a damn if they’re talking about a treaty. I don’t give a damn about an amendment, a bill; I don’t care what the subject is. It could be prohibition. I don’t care what the subject is. When you get through saying it and I don’t know what the hell you talking about, my favorite line is ‘I don’t give a damn about slavery,’ and walk off.”

Okay, after we’re finished “Uncle Toming” him to no end; my next question for the ones who are upset in black America is: now what? I mean, since we have officially written off Steve Harvey and have included him in the “Coon Club” along with Barkley, Smith, and Cosby; my question still remains the same–now what? I’m not even really here to put down Steve Harvey because we as black so-called community do a real good job of that—to each other. I’m not excusing what he said either and I hope he does apologize for what he said about slavery.
However, what if he doesn’t? Does he become just another black celebrity to add to the ol’ checklist of people we can blog about, talk about, and make YouTube video’s to make ourselves feel better about? It’s been almost five days and Harvey’s jesting remarks haven’t even created a hashtag nor has it even been trendy on Twitter so what does that tell you? You should have known he became “corporate” when they made him be the catalyst to ingratiate Paula Dean’s career back—with the co-sign of black people! Seriously, if we really gave a proverbial “damn” about slavery and our history, then why on the day dedicated to black American people, is one of the most dangerous events during the year? Ever heard of Juneteenth? You know the annual holiday which commemorates the actual abolishing and emancipation of African-American slaves; yea, that one.
Recently, you had writer-comedian Larry Wilmore having to give a public apology for calling black women “bossy” during his “Keep it 100” segment on “The Nightly Show.” Now you might be thinking to yourself why am I bringing this up? Simple, because you had two black men making jokes about one’s own culture yet only one guy—Wilmore–was forced to make amends for his joke, meanwhile, Harvey remains silent. I guess the jovial liberal media doesn’t really care about black people (again) talking about slavery EXCEPT when it involves the usual cast of characters of race baiters, carpetbaggers, and white cops.
Lastly, I heard many people make inferences regarding the Jews and how you would never hear one of them say “I don’t care about the Holocaust” in a joking way. And my retort to that statement is: “you’re right.” However, you and I both know there’s a litany of things you will not see them do—and there’s a bevy of things they incorporate, practice, and value. So again, the question lies what do we value other than having this so-called black monolithic thought? We could go down the list but I rather not because if you aren’t already aware of the current condition of black people; then why waste my time and infuriate your feelings by listing them? See, Steve Harvey and other well to do blacks are not our problem. Actually, many of them still exhibit or reflect some of the traditional family values that used to be found in black America regardless of the socio-economic factors they have worked against the black family. Unfortunately, too many of us are so concerned about “white supremacy” that we remain slaves psychologically and practice racism on ourselves! Don’t believe me? We’re still having movies and symposiums discussing colorization issues and are bi-racial people considered black? So again, while I don’t condone what Steve Harvey said regarding slavery; however, maybe he can say that now because like so many other concerns in black America like fatherhood, lack of family structures, neighborhoods, crime, and education, many of us don’t give a damn either.

Video link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXGgGAoSwAc


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2 thoughts on ““Steve Harvey Said What?”

  1. Whatever, one man does not represent the collective. Either your for US or against US! Black people aren’t the only messed up people, we’re the ones who have allow our minds to be divided from our spirit. Trust & believe “ones” of Us who think their something different from other class black folks are in for a rude awakening, spirit ain’t right many gonna faint on site.

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    1. I agree with you that one man doesn’t speak for black people as a collective. However, that’s how it generally is when it comes to our black celebrities/public figures because many of us want them to (at least to a certain degree)represent us by not doing what is generally along the lines of selling-out, cooning, etc. Notice how Taraji P. Henson handled the criticism received for her role and the roles of other’s portrayed on the hit television show “Empire.” She didn’t duck and run or send out some “I’m going to ignore my haters and strive for success.” No, she addressed it and she said we need to be talking the “stereotypes” because maybe it will cause us to examine ourselves. But Harvey did no such thing, yet I can’t totally blame him either. See, when you mentioned 9/11, Oklahoma City bombing, or even the Holocaust (which wasn’t an American tragedy but I know what you’re saying) people don’t joke about that because it’s considered “un-American.” But slavery wasn’t un-American it was every bit apart of American culture and history until the 20th century. You know what some whites will tell you though? “That wasn’t me that was my ancestors…” I’ve even heard some blacks give that exact same answer yet why do they separate themselves from that time in history? Why don’t they commemorate days like Juneteeth? Especially since slavery was an American pastime? Because it’s not their job to–it’s ours. Yet, when we have our so-called Heritage Festivals every year you’ll be lucky to go there and make it out alive.

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