Apparently the biggest issue with the whole Melania Trump/Michelle Obama speech fiasco is with the phrase “your word is your bond.”
As MUCH as I am around the Internet – as much as I read/watch the news and stay on top of current events – I NEVER knew the phrase “your word is your bond” is “rooted” in black America, and apparently has a hip-hop history. So to USE that phrase today, in the overly-politically-correct year of 2016 because we live in a world of whiny 9-year-olds is apparently “politically INCORRECT.” Never mind it was used in THE BIBLE and in the book of Matthew.
When I did a quote search, I found several examples of this phrase credited to several including John Q and Melvyn Douglas (a white American actor from the 1930’s). NINETEEN-THIRTIES! Really!
According to Geneva Smitherman, author of Black Talk: Words and Phrases from the Hood to the Amen Corner, yo word is yo bond represents a “resurfacing of an old familiar saying in the Black Oral Tradition.” It was popularized after 1964 by the Five Percent Nation, an Islamic group that stressed authenticity and self-knowledge alongside social progressivism. (source)
Now, I have to wonder, IF, as a society, we are being forced to be SO politically correct that certain race groups (err cultural movements) are now taking phrases from the Bible, tweaking them a bit, making them their OWN and then make it offensive for people of a “different color” to use them?
Seriously? Is that the kind of world YOU want to live in?
That is the world we are facing with a Hillary Clinton win.
Unless American’s get their act together and get behind Donald Trump, we should all buy the book Black Talk: Words and Phrases from the Hood to the Amen Corner to get some idea of what will and WILL NOT be appropriate to say.
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