5 Things Black People Ruined in 2015

By Trevor Durham on December 8, 2015
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2015 has been a busy year for white people. We once again are dominating the presidential candidacy (even though black people are in this, check who’s getting all the uneven press coverage!), we have overtaken social media with our own version of those hip-hoppy dances, and we keep getting away with massive crimes! Black people don’t know how great we have it.

But every once in a while, another culture comes along and takes from us without recognizing what we’ve brought. How could anybody recognize a cultures beauty, take a bastardized version, and claim it as their own? It’s an outrage.

Buzzfeed showed everything we ruined this year, but neglected to tell everybody what was taken from us! Black people, Latino people, Asianic origins, we deserve some credit! Everybody demanded a response article to the original, so here we go.

Here are five things black people ruined in 2015.

  1. Colonialism:
    What the hell, Africa? We showed you how to do this! Just because we let you have guns and class systems, doesn’t mean you’re allowed to do what we do! Colonialism has been, and will always be, a white cultural aspect. We took over every continent, everybody speaks a language based on ours, you can’t deny it! Everything was once ours. Now you conquer little countries and want to act like you’re all big. Hell, you even made a movie about it! I love Idris Elba (I’m not racist, I’ve seen The Wire. Twice), but how can we pretend that black people aren’t stealing our culture?
  2. Historical Ignorance
    Ben Carson is a huge show of appropriation in that he has become an unqualified politician with no knowledge of his field, making radical claims with no backing, and is generally just a man with no right to be where he is- that’s a white thing! Culturally, we’ve put ignorant people in politics for our entire existence of governmental bureaucracy. Why do you think it’s okay to be stupid like us? Black people are better than that, plain and simple.
  3. Misuse of Power
    We have musicians like Drake using his stardom and following in ridiculous ways to promote himself and his image (and those dope shoes from Hotline Bling)- like he thinks he’s a white writer or actor. We invented the classic star-power- it’s our thing, and how dare you try and take it from us! Symbolic idols are a thing we’ve used to support capitalistic thinking and keep people suppressed, it’s not something black people should spend their time doing, we’ve perfected it- remember Cher?
  4. Gangs
    Just because our gangsters were so cool and ran such great enterprises doesn’t mean you should create a counterculture that defines how America views your race. It isn’t as if our culture of oppression based on visual representation hasn’t pressed your entire ancestry into low-income areas so roughly that your future generations can’t do anything to escape situations we’ve put you into so that you have to break rules we’ve established primarily in order to make it impossible for you, specifically, to rise economically so that you can live a sustainable life regardless of what we’ve done to you. I think it’s mainly because you wanted to have cool clothes. Black people can’t make up their own mafias and destructive gangs- We had gangs first! Maybe this is why we get away with labeling you as thugs even though it’s historically white criminals who perpetuate the most violent and catastrophic damage to communities. Because black people aren’t giving credit to the O.G. criminals- us!
  5. Tea
    Why do you do this

I don’t see why you found your rich, vast, varied, wonderful culture so hard to take as your own. But it isn’t right. We should share. Don’t steal our culture and not recognize where it came from. Rude.

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