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The Vietnam War and Changing Black Mores



In the beginning, all "Civilized" Black people practiced cleanliness and good grooming.

They kept their bodies clean and groomed their hair in many different ways.








One of the Black mans favorite hair styles was what we now call "Dred Locks".



Long curls were also a favorite



As they are today



The Persians were very fond of billowing curls










The Egyptians were particularly known for their grooming habits.


The Histories of Herodotus

Book number 2 - EUTERPE

[2.37] Egyptians - They are religious to excess, far beyond any other race of men, and use the following ceremonies:- They drink out of brazen cups, which they scour every day: there is no exception to this practice. They wear linen garments, which they are specially careful to have always fresh washed.

They practice circumcision for the sake of cleanliness, considering it better to be cleanly than comely. The priests shave their whole body every other day, that no lice or other impure thing may adhere to them when they are engaged in the service of the gods. Their dress is entirely of linen, and their shoes of the papyrus plant: it is not lawful for them to wear either dress or shoes of any other material. They bathe twice every day in cold water, and twice each night.




Even prisoners from the south were carefully Coiffured









Even Blacks of meager means have always tried to comport themselves with DIGNITY!




Those WITH something, with even more dignity.


First Black Medal of Honor Winner
William Carney was the first African-American recipient. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions on July 18, 1863 at Fort Wagner, S.C. while a member of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment in the Civil War — the state's first all-black regiment.


20th. Century:

In the United States, Blacks in films were initially able to keep their dignity (at least in appearance),

until the Irishman Hal Roach created the "Our Gang" series of short films (1922 - 1944).





Of the Black cast, only Matthew "Stymie" Beard,

was able to keep his dignity in appearance. But even he, was not given a "Real" boys name.



William “Billie” Thomas played the role of Buckwheat


Allen Hoskins played Farina


When Farina got frightened, his hair would stand up and twirl around.






Black children enjoyed the films, but did not internalize the images and characterizations they were shown. They understood that was simply silly Albinos making fun of them, but it was not who they really were.



In that same era,

Blacks developed products that would make curly Black hair look just like straight White hair.

The most successful was Madame C.J. Walker.



Sarah Breedlove (December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919), known as Madam C. J. Walker, was an African American entrepreneur (1905 develop her own hair-care business), philanthropist, and a political and social activist. Eulogized as the first female self-made millionaire in America, she became one of the wealthiest African American women in the country. Walker made her fortune by developing and marketing a line of beauty and hair products for black women through Madame C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, the successful business she founded. Walker was also known for her philanthropy and activism. She made financial donations to numerous organizations and became a patron of the arts.


Coincidentally in HOLLYWOOD, Albino men with Slicked down hair became the fashion.





So the Black guys started Mimicking the Albino guys.








Over time, Black men tired of the "Processed" hair look, and it fell out of fashion - except for JB.





In the late 60s, Albino guys turned to the "mythical" White Jesus look.






A short time later, Blacks returned to an ancient Black look.









The Vietnam War, with the U.S. as the principle occurred between 1962 and 1975.

58,315 were killed in action, 153,303 were injured.

Wiki: Blacks suffered disproportionately high casualty rates in Vietnam. In 1965 alone they comprised almost one out of every four combat deaths. With the draft increasing due to the troop buildup in South Vietnam, the military significantly lowered its admission standards. In October 1966, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara initiated Project 100,000 which further lowered military standards for 100,000 additional draftees per year. McNamara claimed this program would provide valuable training, skills and opportunity to America's poor – a promise that was never carried out. Many black men who had previously been ineligible could now be drafted, along with many poor and racially intolerant white men from the southern states.







Troops of all colors coped with the horrors of war


with the use of drugs like Heroin and Cocaine, all of which were readily available.


When the troops came home, they brought their drug habits with them.




In just a few years, Black neighborhoods

especially the poor ones, were devastated by drug use and drug related crime.





With the coming of drugs into Black communities, the destitute inhabitants used it and sold it.

As a result, the number of Blacks imprisoned skyrocketed!





With so many Black men in Prison, it wasn't long before

the trappings of Prison life were brought back home to the Black community.


In prison, leather belts are not allowed, thus on intake, the ill fitting pants of prisoners SAG!






Thus it was only natural that drug affected youth

would mimic the prison look of so many of their contemporaries.





In the 1980s, Albino disrespect for Blacks, and Black stupidity,

came together to form the latest blight on Black dignity.


The Brother from Another Planet is a 1984 science fiction film written, directed, and edited, by John Sayles.




It stars Joe Morton as "The Brother", an alien and escaped slave who,

while fleeing "Another Planet", has crash-landed and hides in Harlem.




John Sayles seemed to delight in using every Black stereotype he could think of:

Black Slave

Black in Harlem

Black who can't comb his hair





By now many Black minds had been compromised by earlier behavior,

so naturally Black minds that were not so strong anyway

saw the aliens unkempt hair and thought it a great thing to copy.











What would Joe Clark Say?





Self-respect permeates every aspect of your life.

If you don't have it for yourself, you're not gonna get it from anywhere.





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