Iceberg Slim

One of the things you learn as you travel around this world of ours is that people are not all the same. Way back in the olden thymes, our school teachers had just picked up Cultural Marxism and were preaching to us about how people everywhere were the same. I recall learning the word “ethnocentrism” in the fourth grade. We were about to learn about Japan and India and the teacher spent an hour telling us about how not to laugh at the weird things we were about to learn. That’s close to half a century now for our ruling fanatics to scream epithets against reality. Yet, reality is still here.

Race and culture are just stubborn things and will not yield to wishful thinking. Although I identify as African-American, my ancestors having left the dark continent 50,000 years ago, I am white. I’m very white. Other white people assume I am white and of the white culture. Black people make the same assumption. It is not that everyone is racist. It is that they have eyes and notice things like skin color. People also notice that, the occasional Oreo and Wigger notwithstanding, that skin color tracks closely with race and culture in America.

A good example of this is the film Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp. Until last night, I had never heard of the movie or knew much about the man. I am a fan of true crime so I am familiar with notorious criminals of all races. People find it odd that I can recall the names of obscure ghetto gangsters, but every man has his hobbies. Not only was I not very familiar with Mr. Slim, I had no idea he played such a big role in the culture of black America. Here’s the trailer:

Documentaries about people long after they are gone are usually full of lies.The director is not going to have a bunch of people on-screen saying they never heard of the subject of the documentary. Instead they find people willing to say they share the director’s passion for the subject. Still, according to Wiki, Slim’s books sold millions of copies in the 1970’s, exclusively to black readers. Yet, few white people have ever heard of him or hold “pimping” in the same regard as black Americans.

That last bit is an important takeaway. The Left can rattle on about racism all they like, but people have eyes and they see things. Black people are covetous of their culture, black culture. They don’t want it thrown into the diversity blender. They want their heroes and antiheroes. Iceberg Slim is not an “American” here. Most Americans have never heard of him. He is a black hero, unique to black culture.

It is why being authentically black looms so large for successful black entertainers, sports stars and politicians. Snoop Dogg and Chris Rock live like the Clevers but they pretend to live in the ghetto. I’m more gangster than those two phonies, but they have to “keep it real” and pretend to be ghetto whenever the cameras are rolling. Otherwise, they are not authentically black and will lose their audience.

That said, your culture is not getting very far if you insist on celebrating social pathologies as if they were cultural achievements. Much of American culture these days is exactly that, a celebration of the base and the crude. One television show after another is holding up the riff-raff and carny freaks as role models. Snoop Dogg got very rich pimping the nation’s youth out like whores. For most of human history entertainers were treated as scum, pushed to the fringe of society. Today they are in charge, telling us about the greatness of a ghetto pimp.

2 thoughts on “Iceberg Slim

  1. I’ve read Mr. Slim’s semi-fictionalized autobiography, “Pimp: The Story of My Life”, and it’s worth a read. Not exactly great literature, but decently written and very interesting. I recommend it — with a grain of salt.

    One funny thing is all the black prejudice in the book against “high yaller” black people, but ten minutes with google shows that the author and all his friends we know about were very light skinned. But he was selling books to dark-skinned customers.

  2. The Hollywood machine, advertising and their associated parasites understand the way to pimp their product is to humiliate the buyer. There was a time in America when to be famous, you had to be talented, interesting or at least very proficient in what you did. Today however, we aren’t quite sure why celebrities are rich or famous. Why, they are just ordinary individuals like us who get more publicity. They aren’t very good singers, not much chop at acting, will never be remembered for their charm or athletic prowess. They are your next door neighbours but they are better than you! For what exactly, we aren’t sure but you aren’t shit compared to them so buy the magazine with them on it, tune in to the reality sleaze and spit on them with the rest of the community, mock them at the water cooler. It’s all an effort to smash the consumer’s self-esteem and make them vulnerable to the product.

    Your heroes are soon to be the pimps and whores, drug-dealers and thugs. You are nothing compared to them.

    Not even a conspiracy, this technique is known to be very effective and is rewarded within the marketing game.

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