For the last 4 years something has been grating on my nerves, and that something is…the Coon. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, allow me to explain: a coon is a Black person who willfully engages in the act of disparaging other members of the Black community for monetary gain, political gain, or White approval/acceptance. One who conducts themselves in a manner that mirrors negative Black stereotypes, can also be deemed a coon. Coons have been a stain on Black civilization for many years, but for a while they were dormant. However, in recent years there appears to have been a revival, and far too many Black people have been breaking the first commandment of blackness: Thou Shalt Not Coon. Thanks in part to Fox News, YouTube, and other social media sites, it seems cooning has reached its zenith and is now spreading like a zombie epidemic. As a result, if I were to write about all of 2016’s coons this piece would never end, so I’ve decided to focus on those that have truly infuriated me lately.
Diamond & Silk: Surpassing the Bounds of Coonism on a Daily Basis
These two unconscionable coons represent idiocy at the highest level. I simply cannot figure out who thought these two loud-mouthed caricatures of the ‘Angry Black Woman’ stereotype in the flesh would be successful in turning Black voters over to ‘The Darkside’ known as Trump. The problem with Trump’s hiring of these ambassadors of coonism is that they lack the fundamental skills required to engage in a conversation. Thinking, cognitive and critical, is a foreign concept to this duo of disgrace, as is listening and speaking at a normal volume. Most people don’t respond well to being screamed at. I respond to facts, not aggression, and Diamond & Silk have proven they are wholly incapable of doing anything more than roll their necks and eyes while screaming: “Get off the Democratic Plantation! Trump is gonna bring jobs back to America!” My suspicion is they aren’t being used to court the Black vote, but as mere entertainment. However, given that Diamond & Silk are soulless dullards who shamelessly debase themselves for the almighty dollar, I doubt they care about their status as the GOP’s pawns.
Shaquille O’Neal on Kaepernick’s Protest: The Coonish and Cowardly Act of an Unintelligible Giant
The mumbling Kazaam felt Colin Kaepernick needed a good chastising for daring to critique rampant police brutality, and the killings of unarmed people of color, so he decided Fox News & Friends was the perfect venue to voice his condemnation:
“To each his own. It’s something I wouldn’t do. His comments were there are injustices; there’ve always been injustices. Me personally, I would probably go about it a different way. My question is: What happened last year? How come you didn’t decide to do this last year, or the year before that, or the year before that. So, I don’t know Colin, but again to each his own. I don’t really have a say on it, but I would never do that…just other ways to get your point across.”
Not only did Shaq appear on a network that’s leading the charge in racially and socially divisive discourse, but like those before him he attacked Kaepernick’s method of protesting while willfully ignoring the cause. Although Shaq stated he “would probably go about it a different way”, he failed to elaborate on how he would’ve gone about it. At this point it’s been nearly two weeks since the deaths of two more Black men at the hands of police, Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott. Neither of these men were being pursued by the police when they were gunned down. On Sept. 16th in Tulsa, Oklahoma Terence Crutcher had called for assistance due to car troubles, yet instead of Officer Betty Shelby and her fellow officers asking questions and then offering assistance, they gave Mr. Crutcher the volts of a taser and bullets. Four days later in North Carolina Keith Lamont Scott was reading a book in his car while he waited to pick up his son from school. Officers had an outstanding warrant for a different individual, but somehow they wound up gunning down Mr. Scott.
What I find as equally disappointing as Shaq’s criticism of Kaepernick and his ignoring of police brutality, is the fact that it has been nearly two weeks since the deaths of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott, and we haven’t heard a word from Shaq on these shootings. He eagerly appeared on national television and dismissed Kaepernick’s protests as well as his reasons for protesting, but he hasn’t had the courage to speak on either of these shootings, or the decency to offer his condolences to the families of the victims via television or even by tweet. Shaq’s appearance on Fox News & Friends to disparage Colin Kaepernick’s reasons for protesting police brutality has earned him a coveted spot in the All-Star Hall of Coons. There he will join fellow coons of past athletic prowess, Charles Barkley, Ray Lewis, Karl Malone, O.J. Simpson, Jerry Rice, and many more.
Sheriff David Clarke: The First Black Member of the Ku Klux Klan
Sheriff David Clarke, a coon of epic proportions, is a man known by many names: Sheriff ‘Coon’ Clarke, Sheriff David ‘Uncle Ruckus’ Clarke, my personal nickname for him, Sheriff David ‘Duke’ Clarke, and many, many more. He is a self-hating Black man like no other, and he has taken coonism to a whole new level. He has become so synonymous with cooning that if you Google the words “sheriff coon”, the results are exclusively about him. Clarke’s hatred of the Black community is so strong that I’m almost certain his body has been inhabited by the soul of the Alabama White supremacist, Bull Connor.
Here are some of Sheriff Clarke’s infamous quotes:
- “What happened Saturday night and again Sunday night had little to do with police use of force — it was a collapse of the social order where tribal behavior leads to reacting to circumstances instead of waiting for facts to emerge.”
- “… What was on display last night was something that resembled something you see in a third world nation like Haiti…We saw a primitive behavior on display, at best primitive behavior. And at worst, you saw subhuman behavior as people just reacted to circumstances, rioting, looting. It’s not a socially acceptable response to people’s frustration… Look we don’t know all the facts.”
- “You know what encourages this? The growth of the welfare state. These are underclass behaviors. Seventy percent of the kids born in Milwaukee…are born without an engaged father in their life.”
If you couldn’t actually see the person who spoke those words, one would most-likely assume they came from the mouth of an upper-class Ku Klux Klan member. Sheriff Clarke’s deep hatred of Black and Brown people is what enables him to publicly use racially charged phrases when denigrating Black civilians while vehemently upholding White supremacist ideology. When defending officers who have slain unarmed Black men it’s obvious that Clarke feels that police officers should not be held to the same standards as those they arrest for breaking the law. It’s as if Clarke believes police officers to be above the law.
Currently the Milwaukee County Jail (which is under the jurisdiction of Sheriff Clarke) is under investigation for the homicide of 38-year-old Terrill Thomas, who died of dehydration during his incarceration. Inmates have alleged the jail’s guards denied Thomas water for six days prior to his death. Whereas Sheriff Clarke is always eager to engage in the verbal bashing of Black Americans, he has been surprisingly quiet on this issue.
To the Coons of America:
- If you don’t have the courage to speak out on police brutality and inequality, stop taking the cowardly route by criticizing those who do.
- Stop bringing up Black on Black crime every time a police officer kills an unarmed Black man. Blacks are not the only ones to kill those within their race, because people kill those who are within close proximity to them. Spouses and lovers kill each other, Whites kill each other, Latinos, etc. People tend to kill those within their environment.
- One’s belief that black lives matter and/or supporting the Black Lives Matter organization does not mean that one believes the lives of those in other ethnic groups do not matter.
- Stop criticizing Colin Kaepernick, his protest, and his reasons for deciding to protest. The protests happening all over this nation have nothing to with the flag or the U.S. military, and everything to do with holding police officers accountable for crimes they have or may commit against civilians, which include assault, rape, and murder. Much like the overt and subconscious racists of America, you are choosing to focus on the method while ignoring the cause. No protest for equality, peaceful or otherwise, has ever been met with approval by the majority of Americans. That’s America’s history.