Monday, January 20, 2014

For Zaida Waters, Black Women Behaving Badly Is A Joke

 I was on Facebook when I came across a video of a woman fighting with her kids in the grocery store.  She tried to get her son to stop eating the grapes because this amounts to theft.  His reaction was to tell her to watch her tone and then he preceded to lay hands on his mother. She of course lost her ever loving mind and someone intervened to drag her out of the store before she could lay a beating on the child.  I don't condone spanking but I could understand her frustration.  Raising kids is hard and there are times when even the best parent reaches the end of their ever loving rope. I have been there and any parent who says that they have not, is either in extreme denial, or an outright liar.

I was focused on the implications of yet another video going viral about Black women and children behaving badly in public. World Hip Hop Stars has made a fortune showing these videos to the world and every time this happens, it give the impression that all Black women and children are nothing but hoodrats, who don't know how to behave in public and have no respect for themselves. 

I looked at this video from the perspective of a parent and how someone could reach the end of their rope.  I have disciplined my children from a very young age and so I can fairly confidentially say that neither one of them would raise a hand to me, or even think of talking to me like that, especially in public.  I was going to write a piece about the importance of non violent discipline and how it is necessary to raise children to become good citizens.  I was then going to combine this approach with a section on the racist mysoginst reasons these videos continue to go viral.  It would have been a good piece but it doesn't apply to this video because it is a HOAX.

Zaida Waters creates public scenes, which she calls comedy and uploads them to her youtube page.  They are supposedly  a teaching lessons for us all.  In the following video, she screams on a New York City subway train about her boyfriend giving her AIDS.  Her accomplice tries to drag her from the train and fellow passengers are forced to intervene.

In the following video, Ms. Waters fakes going into labor at Coney Island.