Very Smart Brothas Dissects “Nigga Neurosis”

by Yesha Callahan

VSBTwo of my favorite bloggers are Damon Young and my friend Panama Jackson over at Very Smart Brothas. In their discussion of the Chris Dorner situation, Young uses the term “Nigga Neurosis” (NN) as his definition for the feeling many of us have when something out of the ordinary (good or bad) happens to us, and we’re not sure whether it only happened because we’re Black”.

From Very Smart Brothas:

This (the “Nigga Neurosis”) is one of the more unfortunate byproducts of a lifetime of dealing with America’s neurotic relationship with race. It’s something so ingrained in many of us that we often don’t realize when we’re doing it, and the perpetual mental gymnastics involved in distinguishing between real race-related behavior and perceived can f*ck with a person’s sense of reality……..

But who Dorner is and what he may have done doesn’t matter. At least to those of us who are rooting for him, it doesn’t. As along as he is Black and getting back at something “White,” it’s a cause worth supporting, regardless of any insignificant collateral damage —like, you know, the murder of a man who could have very easily been your brother, cousin, or boyfriend.

Should America take the blame for this? For making some of us so filled with antipathy and antagonism that it has completely skewed both our sense of right and wrong and our perception of reality? Or, are we just using the nigga neurosis as a convenient excuse to “get back,” to finally unleash our inner Dorners or live vicariously through him as he kills all the White people he can before getting caught?

Remember O.J?

Most people still have their own opinions about “The Juice”. Everyone I know felt that he got away with murder, but black people cheered when his verdict was read. Unfortunately, Dorner will never get a trial, or even a burial for that much, but he had throngs of people cheering him on.

What do you think about Damon Young’s “Nigga Neurosis”? Could black people unconsciously suffer from it because of the injustices that some have faced throughout their lives and finally feel a sense of vindication no matter how fucked the situation actually is?

  • Lisss

    I have been waiting on an analysis like this since this affair exploded. And lo and behold, it came from my favorite blog.

    From what i saw, on Clutch and elsewhere, there was a definite “nigga neurosis” going on. I support black people of all shades and nationalities because our plight may not be identical but it sure is similar. But i draw the line at murder. There are a lot of other things that Dorner could have done to fight the racism and corruption in the LAPD and killing innocents was not one of them. If anything, what he did actually draw attention away from the LAPD corruption and gives the mainstream media outlets the incentive they needed to let out on the “angry violent black man”.

  • silkynaps

    If this so-called “nigga neurosis” exists, it only seems to apply in relation to black men.

    Earlier today, I happened to read an “article” or blog post or whatever about Eric Benet. While there was nary a mention of Halle Berry in the post, I couldn’t help but notice how the comment section was littered with negative comments about Halle. How horrible she was at choosing men. How she should be eating her heart out because this dude, who cheated on her, had remarried. How she’s more the cause of her custody/Gabriel issues as opposed to a victim or a mother trying to protect her child from a potentially violent man…

    Personally, I hoped for the best possible outcome for Chris, OJ, and Halle…but clearly I was alone on that front. Sistas get no love.

  • kelly

    Well clutch he seem to have a lot of support from other races as well, I believe the man that started the facebook site was white, and the lady who leaked the case files was white as well. In NO way do the Team Chris Dornar fans support murder, but we do understand what happen, and for black folk it hits home because we know that struggle, we see it when or parents or fired from a job for no reason, are not promted when there the most qualifed and the feeling we have to force fit into a society the still operates under the old boys club code of rules. The question black folk should be asking is where is NAACP, and why arent they holding LAPD responsible for their crimes…

  • Beautiful Mic

    I don’t view him as a hero of the white system, but a failed and destroyed victim. The media went on about “Oh, he’s never displayed this type of behavior before; he’s never killed anyone before.” Yet, he was a soldier the military sent to war – murdering the innocent was part of his job. Most casualties of war are, indeed, the innocent women, children and men, alike. The innocent sent to kill the innocent on behalf of the not-so-innocent.

    In the end, he killed other minorities, which included a black man. He, a trained killer, had already developed an apathy for human life, just like the people who sent him to war and, evidently, his mother. Did anyone read reports of her reaction to the live footage of her sun being pursued?

    He’s both a victim and a victimizer, but he was definitely no hero. He was just mentally ill.

  • http://twitter.com/mzMichGarcia Michelle

    Yeah, I feel like Dorner’s case is so complicated.

    On one hand, murder is bad. Period. And I do believe that this guy probably had/still has (because I want to believe he’s still alive and chillin’ in a cabana in Panama or something) a lot of demons, and mental health issues.

    However on the other hand, I live in Los Angeles, and don’t doubt that he has a point — the LAPD are well known for covering things up, protecting their own, police brutality, and sometimes callousness toward completely innocent people (of color). I also believe our local news outlets are completely in the LAPD’s pocket. I’m a magazine editor myself, and it killed me to hear the words some of these so-called journalists (to be clear, BROADCAST journalists) were using to talk about this. To them, he was innocent before proven guilty. Rule #1 of crime reporting = THAT IS BAD. Also, I want to know whether there are any actual reporters investigating his claims. I really hope so.

    I would say that the guy should have taken his Manifesto and turned it into a book, but no one would have read it. Hell, I probably would not have read it because I would have chalked it up to just another crazy guy with some ridiculous story.

  • kelly

    What did i tell you black women are enemy number 1 and then black man are enemy number 2… Once I learned that life has been a lot easier for me, no longer did I give those that tried to attack me any life, I reached and pick myself up and started my journey, and found salvation.

  • silkynaps

    Enemy number 1 or completely invisible…

  • apple

    actually i don’t think its just black people who supported him, i was shocked to see whites and others kind of give him a pass.. it was weird how they was handling the whole thing.. even the guy he carjacked was like “he let me take my dog, thats what i liked about him” wtf you were just carjacked at gunpoint and thats your response?? so LAPD or cops and general must be reallllly horrible that people are like “yea he’s wrong for killing cops BUT….he does have a point”

  • Lexie

    seriously the NAACP. Please they are busy taking money from the big advertisers. what we need to do is adjust to the way the world is and stop thinking it will change. build your own businesses and employ your own.

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    i don’t feel it is very smart to refer to black people in pejoratives…brother

  • Christa

    Yes I was just thinking how a lot of people seemed to jump on his side because he’s black. I’m sorry this may not get the popular vote but that man needed help. Going on a killing spree is just not the answer. Did he make it into heaven or hell? We don’t know, but I think that the idea of what he did is just a sickening as if the race was on the other foot. He is not God and he does not get to decide who gets to live or die at his hands!

  • Fredjones

    This is really a shock with the reputation of the L.A.P.D!? C’mon son

  • http://www.urbanexpressive.com J. Nicole

    The majority of my friends identify as black, latino or a mixture of the two. Scattered in is just about everyone else. I’d say about 90% of them, regardless of race are aware of the social injustices going on in the world, and have a good understanding of history. So, its no surprise many of us (me & my friends) don’t necessarily support what he did, but can understand how a white surpremacy society can cause a man to crack. Will there be black people who support him just because it seems he’s sticking it to white America? Yes. Same way white New Yorkers stuck up for Bernhard Goetz in the 80′s when he shot black men on the train. Or Zimmerman profiling Trayvon Martin, or the LAPD/NYPD killing minorities. He had a specific plan, to target those he felt wronged him. While out, he did not kill anyone who was not part of that plan. Again, I don’t agree with what he did, no more than I agree with the system that triggered it.

  • Jason

    I’d like for someone to please explain to me(since there are those that can “understand” Dorner’s frustration)why his 1st victims were an Asian woman and her African Amer. fiancée? And What in the hell did they have to do with his problems?

  • Wanda

    This young man had some deep mental issues going on. He reminds me of the New York case years ago when Colin Ferguson boarded a train and killed a bunch of white people. There were people who took his side, too.

    There have been people trying to change the LAPD for years that didn’t go on murder sprees to get revenge.

    Wasn’t there a time after the Rodney King case when both the mayor and the police chief in Los Angeles were Black men?

  • http://www.urbanexpressive.com J. Nicole

    She was the daughter of the man who represented him at his termination hearing. He said he would target the family members of the LAPD.

  • Child, Please

    He’s both a victim and a victimizer, but he was definitely no hero. He was just *mentally ill.*

    The last part is something, no one’s truly hit on. It’s interesting, that while we he’s taken on for some a martyr ideal and for other the savaged mentality, it seems no one’s thought about his mental health. I wish there was as much focus on this as it was with the Tuscon, Aurora and Sandy Hook killings. I understand this guy was trained to kill, but just like others a part of the military PTSD is obviously pretty real for him. No one condones his actions, but you can’t ignore what led him to do what he did.

  • Tallulah Belle

    Agreed. I don’t like the terminology whatsoever. It isn’t cute.

  • http://tontonmichel.tumblr.com Tonton Michel

    What evidence do you have of him killing innocent people while he served in the military?

  • GlowBelle

    Yeah, I was waiting for someone to say this because I was put off by all those championing Dorner and calling him an American hero and doing so just because he was Black. We’re doing the same congratulatory pat on the back that White people do (excusing people just because they are “our” people), and we know better. I was even shocked that even some White people were supporting him too. On one hand I understand, Dorner was pissed at the system, a very corrupt system that has been corrupt for decades, but he added to that corruption as his actions were inexcusable and caused more harm than good. He killed innocent people…that’s not a message, that is a crime, and I’m sorry but I can’t support Black people that do this kind of reversal revenge. That is NOT how you change things, that is turning the attention away from your cause and what seemed like legit points and creating havoc for others to clean up after you’re long gone. I mean, did what he do change anything? I’m not seeing it.

    It was just an all around terrible and weird situation that included some bizarre and shoddy media handling in the mix as well. This case has a lot of complexities to it and they need to be discussed, but we don’t need to praise Dorner for what he did at all.

  • Tara

    I know. I was actually laughing about that. I was confused by that reaction. He was like he even cared about my dog…lol. I guess you can call that post racial when a white man can have a black man put a gun and his face and have the white man focus on his being “polite”

  • Kacey

    Sorry, but I’m not a nigga (or any other variation of the spelling of such word).

    Please go and come again!

  • Kelly

    I agree, but I’m just saying the NAACP was all in arms over django toys but I heard crickets on this issue… But yes black people do need to look at tech jobs and start their own business

  • http://growyourbliss.wordpress.com growyourbliss

    I can’t take it seriously simply because of the word “Nigga”. It makes these brothers NOT very smart in my eyes. Can we elevate our language a bit?

  • Sarah

    How would those people who are calling this criminal a hero have felt if it was their innocent family member whom he killed during his rampage?

  • Chillyroad

    Excellent freaking point. Glad you mentioned those other cases.

  • Wong Chia Chi

    I think everyone that supports Dormer hates the LAPD due to the fact that they are willing to shoot innocent people without forethought just to catch him. Like elderly hispanic women delivering newspapers (seriously? how do they get that confused? The car was the same but STILL, investigate and or observe first before just SHOOTING)

    Which is odd. Because that should elicit the opposite reaction but since he is critical of the LAPD the fact that they are shooting first and asking questions later lends credence to his claims and makes everyone who has had a negative experience with the police, which is not just black people look at the occupy movement, sympathetic to him

  • Wanda

    But we thought that the white people who supported Bernhard Goetz shooting the kids on that train were crazy racists.

    Is it just about support for your “own” no matter what the circumstance is?

  • sdog

    have you ever read their website? for your comment it is clear you have not. very smart brothas is one of the best out there when compared to garbage like “the root”

  • Guess

    Thank you, Kelley. Clearly, these “Very Smart Men” didn’t do their research. Christopher Dorner’s followers are predominantly White. And in addition to the leaked files, etc., there was also a video of him being brutally bullied in the police academy prior to his ever making a complaint. Murder is never justified under any circumstance, but let’s not forget it was Paul Revere who coined the phrase “ride on ‘em”, back in the day in response to oppression and abuse by the political system in place at that time. If Black folks hadn’t been so severely compromised abuse, demagoguery, Stockholm syndrome and pseudo-Christian values, we would have been implored to “ride on ‘em” a lot sooner.

    These “Very Smart” Niggas are no smarter than the Very Stupid White Folks who presumed we all voted for Obama simply because he’s Black. SMH

  • http://twitter.com/Cognorati001 Colette Marcheline (@Cognorati001)

    I’m appalled by peoples’ reactions to these murders. I couldn’t have imagined that people would support the murder of innocent people. Something is wrong, and I really don’t want any part of people who think this way.

    My heart goes out to the officer’s family who was his union representative and, it seems, the first Chinese-American to hold that position. I can’t imagine their grief and I’m sorry that that achievement was tainted by someone’s obvious insanity.

  • Jay Cee

    NN Said but true. And, OJ did not kill those people.

  • Kam

    Even the couple he tied up! The woman said she didn’t want to see him die, just be taken in.

  • http://growyourbliss.wordpress.com growyourbliss

    Whatever sdog.

    My point stands. Perhaps you identify as such but many of us do not.

    Brings to mind so-called “conscious rappers” who continue to spew vile language and concepts. Not very “conscious” to me.

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