Marc Lamont Hill Shows Us His Wits

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Marc Lamont Hill Shows Us His Wits

by baldilocks

I’m a pride­ful per­son. Because I rec­og­nize the insid­i­ous way that I’ve allowed pride to wreak havoc in my life, I talk about the effects of pride at lot.

It’s almost like the dry drunk who preaches against the evils of Demon Rum. I say almost because it’s eas­ier for a recov­er­ing alco­holic to keep away from the booze than it is for pride junkies to keep pride out of our lives.

For every­one, pride is always lurk­ing about, try­ing to dis­guise itself as some­thing good and moral in order to have its way in a person’s life. Some peo­ple are more prone to it than oth­ers, as is so for every other sin/​character flaw.

I noticed it flare up in me today — again. I try not to be arro­gant about my intel­lec­tual abil­i­ties because I haven’t done that much with them and because they are gifts—tal­ents — from God any­way. And what He gives, he can take away.

Cause of the flare up: peo­ple will treat me like I’m stu­pid, igno­rant, and/​or ill-​informed until shown oth­er­wise — and some­times even after­ward. I’d say that this has hap­pened to me about twice a month since I first noticed it dur­ing my high school trigonom­e­try class, where the teacher treated darker-​skinned blacks as if we had just climbed down out of the trees. (Math has always been my favorite aca­d­e­mic subject.)

Most of the time I ignore the “con­de­scen­sion.” (I hate that word.) But, occa­sion­ally, I’ll use it to make the per­son sorry that they under­es­ti­mated me.

That last option is evi­dence of my pride.

It’s one of the beasts I wres­tle down every day and, con­versely, I try not to make oth­ers feel small either — espe­cially when that stuff can come back and bite one on the butt.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_94396” align=“alignright” width=“150”] Hill’s ser­vice is less use­ful that this.[/caption]

Do you think that’s what will hap­pen to CNN’s Marc Lam­ont Hill? I’ve been try­ing really hard not to wish it on him.

Lam­ont Hill said while he has “respect” for Har­vey, he’s part of the “mediocre negroes being dragged in front of TV as a photo-​op for Don­ald Trump’s exploitive cam­paign against black people.”

And about that phras­ing — it’s an indi­ca­tor of the same old thing I’ve been talk­ing about for years: the patronage/​serf mind­set. Hill wants all observers to know that he is a bet­ter serf to his patron that the other serfs are to their patron — Hill is proud of his serf­dom and of his service.

But the only way which he can think of to tele­graph this notion is to demean the other serfs.

It’s just so much neu­roses and lack of self-​awareness. And it keeps hap­pen­ing over and over again with these left­ish sorts.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on Feb­ru­ary 1, 2017! Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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by baldilocks

I’m a prideful person. Because I recognize the insidious way that I’ve allowed pride to wreak havoc in my life, I talk about the effects of pride at lot.

It’s almost like the dry drunk who preaches against the evils of Demon Rum. I say almost because it’s easier for a recovering alcoholic to keep away from the booze than it is for pride junkies to keep pride out of our lives.

For everyone, pride is always lurking about, trying to disguise itself as something good and moral in order to have its way in a person’s life. Some people are more prone to it than others, as is so for every other sin/character flaw.

I noticed it flare up in me today—again. I try not to be arrogant about my intellectual abilities because I haven’t done that much with them and because they are gifts—talents—from God anyway. And what He gives, he can take away.

Cause of the flare up: people will treat me like I’m stupid, ignorant, and/or ill-informed until shown otherwise—and sometimes even afterward. I’d say that this has happened to me about twice a month since I first noticed it during my high school trigonometry class, where the teacher treated darker-skinned blacks as if we had just climbed down out of the trees. (Math has always been my favorite academic subject.)

Most of the time I ignore the “condescension.” (I hate that word.) But, occasionally, I’ll use it to make the person sorry that they underestimated me.

That last option is evidence of my pride.

It’s one of the beasts I wrestle down every day and, conversely, I try not to make others feel small either—especially when that stuff can come back and bite one on the butt.

Hill’s service is less useful that this.

Do you think that’s what will happen to CNN’s Marc Lamont Hill? I’ve been trying really hard not to wish it on him.

Lamont Hill said while he has “respect” for Harvey, he’s part of the “mediocre negroes being dragged in front of TV as a photo-op for Donald Trump’s exploitive campaign against black people.”

And about that phrasing—it’s an indicator of the same old thing I’ve been talking about for years: the patronage/serf mindset. Hill wants all observers to know that he is a better serf to his patron that the other serfs are to their patron—Hill is proud of his serfdom and of his service.

But the only way which he can think of to telegraph this notion is to demean the other serfs.

It’s just so much neuroses and lack of self-awareness. And it keeps happening over and over again with these leftish sorts.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done on February 1, 2017! Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!

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