From ABC’s Scandal to OWN’s The Haves and the Have Nots, I see two lovely and brilliant characters who look like me chasing weak men who don’t look like me. So, it’s time for a blog post full of wild theories. A post designed to stimulate healthy and interesting discussions more so than to offer solid facts.
We have a plantation mentality (PM) and by we, I mean all of the sons and daughters on the South. Scandal takes place in D.C. and that is a southern city. I could see General Robert E. Lee’s beloved Lee/Custis Mansion from my southwest D.C. balcony; a house that became Arlington National Cemetery.
A plantation mentality occurs when people, longer after the Civil War ended in 1865 and after Jim Crow ended in 1975, still think and function with the mindset that one group is better by nature than the other. Under that mindset, some older Blacks did vote for Barack Obama for president because deep in their minds we can’t do what others can do. The oppression continues but it’s not others doing it. No, we are on oppression/self-hate autopilot.
Joe Morton plays Olivia’s father on Scandal and I still remember this gentleman from playing the candidate with whom Whitley was involved on A Different World. While Sonya Rhimes generally avoids racial references in her shows, she started this season of Scandal with Olivia’s father reminding her that we must always be twice as good at everything we do. It isn’t fair but it is true and if he had a son, he would have told him the life sessions that would have saved Trayvon on that rainy Florida night. Oh, you might be right and you might have rights but know how to be a Black man in America—from sea to shining sea because the South doesn’t have a monopoly on racial drama. National PM
All high school kids should pay attention in psychology class because that Electra complex stuff about girls with daddy issues is too true. They trying to find a guy like dad or striking at men because their pops wasn’t around. Olivia and Candace could fill a season of Iyanla Fix My Life. So a girl grows up loving her father as a rock but then watches the world treat him as less than a man…a boy. That must be rough. PM
The same girls are excited in college, on a cruise or in Vegas when a guy from another side (a guy from the plantation big house) finds her attractive. It has always been my theory that southern White men of means had a thing for sistas because many of them were raised by loving maternal sistas and held them in the highest regard until they got to the frat house in Athens or Auburn and began racial reprogramming. PM
PM is not only a Black thing. Oh, no. The plantation mentality tells a below average White dude that he can holla at the sweetest sista in the world because everyone in one group is automatically better than everyone in another group. It is in the Bible…bla bla cursed people…bla bla obey your masters… waterbearers. Lawd have mercy. Jesus died for all previous everything so let’s move forward.
And Black people need to stop lumping all White folks together. Some of the sweet people I have ever known are White southerners and some of the meanest look just like me—I can be pretty rough my dam self. The coolest Americans might be those in the Midwest of Scandinavian descent—think the people on the movie Fargo and Rose from the Golden Girls. While southerners evidentially coming from places where they wanted someone to do their work for them, the Scan mentality is salt of the Earth.
At the U.S. Congress, many Midwestern members did like USDA farm support programs because these people functioned with the simple notion that you put the crop in the ground then take it to market with no help from anyone. If you couldn’t do that, you should find other work. Barrack Obama was raised by sweet folks like that and I know that he is actually a conservative in his heart. If you think about it, Obama did it the hard way, the old fashion way, and that is why it hurts me to see people attack his character and that of his lovely wife.
That old plantation mentality had people thinking that this shady negro has conned his way into the White House with a desire to ruin this country in his Black head. PM has some Blacks thinking that Obama isn’t one of us because he never really interacted with us until he got to Chicago.
Can we give it a rest? If the sista on T.V. or in actuality wants to love someone who doesn’t look like us, I am happy for them because there needs to be more love in this world. The kids (and by kids I mean anyone who can remember life before T.V. remote controls) have the right idea. Oh, they will hang, kick it or chill with their buddies with no consideration of race. But, parents on both sides still have their heritage deep in their minds.
So, Candace “be” kissing on Bo Duke. Boss Hogg must be rolling over in his grave. On the Dukes of Hazzard, Roscoe P. Coltrane and Boss Hogg ran that southern town into the ground. The plantation mentality subjugates poor Whites also. But, old Bo married a sista with tens of millions, has a strikingly beautiful sista as his side thing, has a bro doing his dirt work and is about to be governor. Modern PM..some things never change.
Here is a fun social exercise. When the Haves and the Have Nots is on the box and Candace is on with her roommate, ask an old Black person which woman looks better. Nine times out of ten they will say the lighter sista when Candace is clearly one of the most beautiful women on earth. But, old heads don’t like that brown skin…even brown old heads. When Mrs. Cryer is on with her lady lawyer friend, an old head would say the same thing again when the lawyer is much better looking. PM
That old plantation mentality is also the reason we hold our candidates to crazy high standards during election season. We simply don’t believe in us as much as we believe in others. Sad PM