A Line Will Lead You Nowhere -by Nicholas Payton

#BAM

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at this point, but I am continually shocked by the lack of intelligence displayed by people in this world. People whose only reference for understanding something in the present is the past. I am as hopeful for change as I am resigned to the fact that most folks will continue to live their lives in the dark.

It is sad to me that human beings gravitate more toward reacting than creating. They live in fear of the new. I will admit there is a continuous sense of unease one experiences when you reside in the current moment, but to me, there is no other option. Living a life linearly is death. It isn’t living at all.

Kind Of Blue

In a linear world, more deference is paid to paint-by-numbers than a Picasso. Of course, people universally accept and appreciate Picasso, but only because it’s something they believe they understand, but do they really? Do they really understand the creative space Picasso dwelled in?

I’m more inclined to believe that they don’t really get Picasso anymore than they get Miles Davis. The lives they lead are more in step with the paint-by-numbers person. Real artists think laterally across a wide range of ideas simultaneously, not by an “if A then B” type of process.

Free Play

There is no mold for real living. The true improviser has to be daring enough to dismantle previous modes of thought in order to survive. To accept your current status as the only one is to insure that you will never grow beyond where you are. To believe what happens next will be based on what happened before will diminish your ability to transcend your current position.

People have forgotten what real art and real artists are supposed to do. Art has become a mode of comfort and entertainment for the average consumer. We value medicines that treat the surface and leave with it a bevy of side effects over true holistic healing.

Why does the worldview grow continually more myopic? Who does this serve? True thinkers are supposed to be a threat to the status quo. We live in a society that promotes blending in, shutting up and just doing your job. What message does that send to our young ones?

The New Dark Ages

We live in a cultural Dark Ages. The current trend of watching women fight on Basketball Wives is the new Roman Coliseum. If these “reality” shows aren’t bad enough, they’re peppered with commercials that give us complexes about our beauty, weight and our intelligence. Everything is about a skin care product, how to lose pounds overnight or how to get the education we didn’t receive in our youth. So, basically, we’re all fat, ugly and dumb.

Scaling Mount Everest

Perhaps these are all valid concerns, but how many are really interested in breaking through the BS? We have male legislators making decisions that have an impact on what goes on in the female uterus. Those who are vehemently anti-abortion are typically for capital punishment. More of a fuss is made about animal rights than human rights.

Getting A Leg-Up Over Duality

Life is a series of contradictions: night and day, good and bad, light and dark, etcetera. In a linear world, people lack the overall ability to see life as a contiguous gradient scale. There is nothing wrong with fear. Fear is a basic protective measure. Instinctual fear is healthy, motive based fear is when things get hairy.

We live in a world that celebrates mediocrity and shuns greatness.  We are taught to dim our light to make those around us comfortable.

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t lower your leg to put the other dancers around you at ease. Lift that leg as high as possible and make them step up to your level.

Open Your Eyes

If you are honest, you are bound to contradict yourself from time to time. There is a time and circumstance for everything. It’s all about context. When you take something out of its context and distort it that idea dies.

The Empty Glass

Thinking is for the weak minded. Thoughts are like handrails to creativity for those who are afraid to stand alone. The mind is like a glass, it is most useful when it is empty. True knowledge is not something that’s acquired like a possession. In the age of information, data has become one of our greatest liabilities.

Very few want to spend time with things that challenge them, and I don’t mean challenge in an antagonistic way, but rather challenge them to be better. No one wants to spend time with anything anymore. Life is to be savored, not microwaved.

The only way to solve conventional problems is by acting unconventionally.  The truth is offensive in this world. The artist has become archaic. We no longer produce artists, we produce advocates of escapism.

A Slice Of Life

We can’t accept a man who can at once be ignorant and intelligent. We have no capacity for understanding the genteel gangster. Things are either this was or that way, no room for individual expression. A low tolerance for free creative thought has become commonplace and the desire of acceptance is unhealthily high.

Sure, we all want to be loved, but being loved for not being who you really are isn’t love at all. Pandering to the lowest common denominator creates little value. We’d rather create a false system of beliefs than to have faith in the unknown and we attack anything and anyone who seeks to destroy the illusion.

Concentric Circles

Quantity has usurped quality.  Static views are pervasive in this society. It is unimaginable to some that strength and sensitivity can inhabit the same space and the same rate of intensity.

Life is not linear, it’s concentric. Life builds upon itself layer after layer like rings in a tree. Our life doesn’t move away from us as we age, the core essence remains the same. The potential of who we are to become always exists. Our 5-year-old self has the ability to commune with our 50-year-old being, and our 50-year-old being can still access the inner 5-year-old.

Change Makes You Want To Hustle

The thinking non-thinker is able to travel laterally along the lines of his or her life. They are not bound by previous modes of thought. They see information as a means, not an end. The Word and The Truth are living principles that are constantly in a state of change.  To be bound by The Word is to not be of The Word.

Mishools Are Cakes

There is no such thing as a mistake. Mistakes are cool. A mistake is just the truth trying to come out. I say, be open enough to accept what your intuition tells you despite what you think. All great innovation is born of a “mistake,” nothing new has been discovered by trying past modes of thought. Unless you are willing to step outside of the norm, you will never discover who you are as an individual.

Toeing The Line

Lines have always been and will always be limited. Everything in life naturally strives to be circular, thus making linear thinking resistant to the natural patterns in life.

Only when we let go of this current linear mode of thinking that has kept up from realizing our full potential, will we truly begin to live.

BAM!

- Nicholas Payton aka The Creator of BAM aka The Savior of Archaic Pop

Good Intent Is “De NIGGABITCH” With A Ghetto Ass And A Golden Throat

Fuck intent. People need to wake up. I’m tired of people saying what they intended. You didn’t intend to hurt? Actually, it’s more like you didn’t intend for me to find out. Doesn’t make it any less jive because you’re so fucked up you don’t realize it. You can’t apologize for revealing the truth. You’re only sorry because you got served. You can’t apologize for showing, in a moment, how you really feel about something or someone. That’s honest. Don’t be sorry, correct yourself. Don’t just apologize, treat others with the same respect you would want given to you.

I also hate when people say shit like, “I’m sorry you took it the wrong way.” No, I didn’t take anything the wrong way. I called what you did for what it was and you don’t like how ugly your behavior looks in the mirror of truth. Don’t be sorry for “how I took it”, apologize for being janky and make efforts to not repeat the same foul patterns. That’s how you show you’re sorry. In fact, don’t be sorry at all because you only feel sorry for yourself. Apologize and do better.

So What?

You said you didn’t mean me harm. So What? You said I got the wrong impression. So What? You said you had the best intent. So What? And now you’re sorry. So What?

De NIGGABITCH 

People think they can say they didn’t mean to do or say something and everything is supposed to be cool. Well, it’s not. Take this article in a Dutch magazine, for example:

“She has street cred, she has a ghetto ass and she has a golden throat. Rihanna, the good girl gone bad, is the ultimate niggabitch and displays that gladly, and for her that means: what’s on can come off. If that means she’ll be on stage half naked, then so be it. But Dutch winters aren’t like Jamaican ones, so pick a clothing style in which your daughter can resist minus ten. No to the big sunglasses and the pornheels, and yes to the tiger print, pink shizzle and everything that glitters. Now let’s hope she won’t beat anybody up at daycare.”

Really? We have not evolved beyond this imagery of Black people in 2011? Someone mentioned on my Facebook page that this is from a “Dutch” magazine. So What? Does that make it OK because some Dutch don’t really get what any of this means? Oh, the Dutch get it. They were amongst the first to colonize Blacks. Read the translation above: ghetto ass, golden throat? My guess is this was written by a White male with a jungle-pussy safari fetish, either that, or a White woman who envies the raw, sexual intensity and power of the Black female.

By the way, Rihanna is Bajan, not Jamaican, but I guess all NIGGABITCHES on an island are the same to you guys.

All About Eva

Check out the editor-in-chief’s response:

“Dear readers, 

First: thanks for all your responses. We are of course very fed up over this and especially very shocked. However I’m glad that we’re engaging in a dialogue on this page — not everybody does that. Thanks for this. Other than that I can be brief about this: this should have never happened. Period. While the author meant no harm — the title of the article was intended as a joke — it was a bad joke, to say the least. And that slipped through my, the editor-in-chief’s, fingers. Stupid, painful and sucks for all concerned. The author has been addressed on it, and now I can only ensure that these terms will no longer end up in the magazine. Furthermore I hope that you all believe there was absolutely no racist motive behind the choice of words. It was stupid, it was naive to think that this was an acceptable form of slang — you hear it all the time on tv and radio, then your idea of what is normal apparently shifts — but it was especially misguided: there was no malice behind it. We make our magazine with love, energy and enthusiasm, and it can sometimes happen that someone is out of line. And then you can only do one thing: apologize. And hope that others wish to accept it. From the bottom of my heart I say it again: we never intended to offend anyone. And I mean that.

Regards,
Eva Hoeke”

C’mon now, Ms. Hoeke. You really expect us to believe this half-assed apology? And who is the apology to? You didn’t mention Rihanna’s name once in the piece, further proof that’s it’s easy for many Whites to objectify Blacks and treat them as if they are not human. Racism is alive and well.

“First: thanks for all your responses. We are of course very fed up over this and especially very shocked.”

You’re fed up over this? How do you think black people feel about this? Don’t thank us for our responses. It’s sad we have to respond to such bullshit still in this day and age.

“While the author meant no harm — the title of the article was intended as a joke — it was a bad joke, to say the least. And that slipped through my, the editor-in-chief’s, fingers.”

You said the author meant no harm. So What? Ignorance and stupidity are the hallmarks of hatred. I’m sure you intended it as a joke, but a joke on whom? Definitely not funny now, is it, Ms. Hoeke? I like saying that: “Hoeke.” And it slipped through your fingers?

You mean like “NIGGABITCHES” on chains slipped through your ancestors’ fingers on Dutch slave ships 400 years ago? I see not much has changed.

“Stupid, painful and sucks for all concerned.”

Aw, I’m so sorry it sucks for you and your staff.

“From the bottom of my heart I say it again: we never intended to offend anyone. And I mean that.”

The only thing that is apparent you have coming from the bottom of your heart is racist hatred is so deeply engrained you don’t even realize it. It didn’t “slip” through your fingers. You thought it was OK, just like your ancestors thought slavery was OK. You’re only sorry because you now see how ugly your behavior is. Well, as Miles Davis said, “So What?”

Igor At The Window

Here’s the thing, very few people actually sit around and intend to offend people. I don’t think most people who harm others do so with the intent to hurt. They’re not like Igor in a lab conspiring to destroy the world via their enraged vindictive vendettas, per se. They think selfishly at the expense of others, and as a result, hurt those around them. Good intent does not make the hurt less painful.

Chasing The Train (video via Trevor Watkis)

 

Now, see this lady here? I can deal with her. Why? Because at least she’s honest and had no problem publicly showing just how ugly she is inside. That’ll work, for what “I” do!

Seriously though, this is the kind of hate she’s spreading to her young child already. Racism is a toxic systemic organism that is spread from parent to child. Not everyone displays the type of overt racism this lady does, but you get the point. At least she’s honest. What always gets me is how some Whites love to taunt people of color whom they’ve colonized with “go back to your own country.” Uh, hello? This was our country before you brought your ass here, or, we were minding our own business in our “own country” before you brought our Black asses over here.

Dismantling Manson

What about this recent Facebook post of Tea Party member, Jules Manson, where he said of Obama, “Assassinate the fucking nigger and his monkey children”? To which he responded that they were “careless, emotionally driven remarks that had no real substance.” Bullshit. Manson made racist, violent, hateful remarks about our president and his children and is still a free man. Racism is alive and well.

Manson, huh, any relation to Charles?

The Golden, Good Intentioned Road To Hell

All you people with “good intentions” are chillin’ on my nutz. Stop lying to others, and most importantly, stop lying to yourselves. The road to The Wiz was paved with yellow bricks. If you know the story, Dorothy and her friends experienced a lot of pain on that good, golden road. When they finally got to The Wiz, they found him to be a well-meaning, lying piece of shit.

Their whole world was fucked up because of this one asshole.

The Devil Made Me Do It

Regardless of what you believe, The Devil, like The Wiz, is just a well-intentioned prick. The fire, the pitchfork and the pomp and circumstance are covers for his fear. Why is he afraid? Because he hates himself and is afraid if you really know him, you’ll hate him, too. He makes himself out to have good intentions, but he is really a lie, a fork-tongued lie. The Tree of Good and Evil is a metaphor for well-intentioned evil.

That’s all the Devil is: a great liar with good intentions.

The Truth Will Set You Free

There is no such thing as “good” intent, because wherever there’s intent, there’s a motive and The Truth has no motive. The Truth only longs to stay true.

The idea of “good” and “bad” is the essence of evil. Duality itself is evil.

The Truth is oneness and takes no sides.

BAM!

 - Nicholas Payton aka The Creator of BAM aka The Savior of Archaic Pop

Fuck The 99%!!!

The 99% is simply about a class of Whites aligning themselves with the impoverished they didn’t give a shit about until they, too, were broke. Am I supposed to care now that you’ve had a “come to Jesus” moment and want to say it’s all about us? Us didn’t become “us” until a faction of people felt the burn who never felt it. They didn’t give a shit when it was “just us”, so now I don’t give a shit. Justice. How does that song go, “Cry Me A River”?

More power to Occupy Wall Street on a certain level, on another, for me it’s bullshit. 99% bullshit. Nobody was worried about Occupy’in shit in America when it was mostly Black people who were broke. Why are people occupying the streets when the only person capable of keeping you from your dreams is you? The Occupy movement is a distraction and will not yield anything but more confusion. There is no “machine” to fight against. We are in the dark because people are asleep to their own light. Cure the internal war within and the war without instantly vanishes.

We’ve worked from the outside in for centuries and still have not completely resolved the bigger issues. Grand gestures make great headlines, but the real healing takes place on an individual level. I believe the approach is dated and will yield very little, if anything at all. The 99% won’t see results as long as the 1% is still sitting pretty. Remember: the design is to make the rich richer, the poor poorer and to weed out the middle. Mission accomplished.

Get It Together Or Leave It Alone

Why do we have to take back control of our lives? That’s just it, no one took it, we gave it up (well except the slaves and the like but that’s another issue). No one else can give you your life back, you have to claim it. If you don’t someone else will. Occupying the streets won’t give you your life back, occupy your mind.

Mass protests and movements are dated and of a different era. That shit worked in the 60s. I don’t believe it’s what we need now. People need to live more authentic lives and connect to their center. Too many distractions take people away from what’s really important. Fuck the streets, occupy your mind/body/spirit.

These political grand gestures are a band-aid to the problem. The real healing won’t begin until people do the work they need to do on themselves. The only true and lasting revolution will be from within. We will only obtain world peace when we all collectively achieve inner peace. It’s just that simple.

Living In America

As a Black man in America, the unbalance of powers I experience in this country is a daily reality. I’m not going to shout in the streets because White middle and upper-class America’s just waking to what I’ve known to be true all my life. It’s silly. People are now starting to see the what they thought was the American dream has been a nightmare all along. OWS is chillin’ on my nutz!!!

Here Come The Carpetbaggers!

This movement has to do with ego. It’s akin to the hippies who needed to go out and “find themselves” knowing they had six-figure lives awaiting them once they returned home. It’s just like all these carpetbagging mothafuckas who came to New Orleans post-Katrina who think it’s cool to not bathe and play their version of bad New Orleans music in the streets. We played in the streets to earn money for our families, to continue the tradition of our ancestors. It’s a hobby to some of these kids. They come here and make a mockery of our traditions because they think it’s cool to be a revolutionary. Then, some of these carpetbaggers feel like they want to educate the world, including locals, about something they “discovered.” Yeah, like Christopher Columbus discovered America. Newsflash: it was already here!

Jerk Chicken Sauce

 We’re here because the powers that be have been stingy and greedy with all the money. It’s only become a problem because now they are victims of their selfishness. I could care less, they didn’t give a fuck when it wasn’t them. The Occupy movement may be a start, but outside of that, it’s pretty empty. Let’s see what follows. That will really determine where people’s heads are. But at this point, the OWS is just a big circle jerk.

There has been too much focus on external discussion. It will not ultimately help. Time to double-up on the internal dialogue. People need to focus on their own spiritual rebirth. Outward signs of demonstration will always be limited. The real work begins within.

Just To Get By

Black people have been used to scuffling and just getting by for years. Since slavery we’ve always had to be resourceful. This is not to say that there are no impoverished Whites, but are we really going to argue that it is of no benefit to being White in America? Are we really going to argue that it’s harder to be Black?

Black Nannies

 I see Black nannies walking White babies around my neighborhood all the time. That kid will have a great education, not because the parent is involved in their lives, but because that parent lives in a better district with a better school or can afford private education. That nanny’s kid most likely goes to a fucked up school in a Black neighborhood. She can’t spend as much time with her child as she would like because she’s a single mother and has to put food on the table by taking care of a White person’s child.

This imbalance in America has existed long before Bush or Reagan, it’s just that now a class of Whites who have remained virtually unscathed by it all are finally feeling the pressure. Well, welcome to America. Don’t start getting all “We the people” now because you are beginning to see what we Blacks have known all along. This is not about victimizing myself as a Black man, this is about acknowledging that I don’t give power to the 1% of those who run this country to control me, so don’t lump me in your 99%.

Fuck the 99%.

 I don’t need to protest and cry in the streets for what I’ve known to be a grave injustice in this society for pretty much all of my life. I don’t have to ask for what I already have. I don’t have to fight the power, we’ve already done that. I’m focused on the type of spiritual renewal that can only take place within. I am about occupying my mind, my soul and my spirit.

I am 100% of myself and none of that is part of someone else’s 99.

BAM!

- Nicholas Payton aka The Creator Of BAM aka The Savior Of Archaic Pop

On Why Nicholas Payton Is NOT A Racist

Black people cannot be racists; we can be prejudice, but not racists. Black people don’t control anything of significance, not even our Black President of The United States. We don’t ultimately have the power to discriminate economically, politically, in education, health care, etc., and therefore can’t be racists.

Someone asked, “What about Clayton Bigsby? That guy’s a racist for sure.” To that I say, Clayton Bigsby was a racist until he discovered he was Black. After that, he was just another self-loathing Negro.

Racism is not based on hate; it is based on the power to discriminate. Racism is not based on what one feels, it is based in the power to use your racial status as a means of controlling others. Black people don’t ultimately control anything in this world and therefore cannot be racists.

Someone said to me, “A black business owner absolutely has the power to not hire a white person because they believe a black person is more qualified solely based on race, if they choose to believe that, therefore giving them the power to discriminate.”

That’s where syntax comes into play. Yes, a Black person can discriminate on a small scale level like not hiring for their band or their corner grocery store, but that’s hardly power. That’s prejudice. Black people do not ultimately have the control to undermine the course of non-Black people’s lives, which is the definition of racism.

I’ve been accused of being racist, which is inaccurate. I am a Black musician in a somewhat Black dominated field, but Black people don’t control the economics of the music business. No matter what I say on the Internet, the economic climate in this country and in my profession lies in the hands of the White power structure.

I have never used my status as a Black musician to not hire or stop someone from getting a gig based on race. That is the definition of racism. I am not a racist, and until the power structure changes in this country, it is not possible for me to be a racist.

Not only am I not racist, I’m not prejudiced either

Even though Blacks create Black American Music (BAM), a Black man cannot even be racist on the bandstand. Skin color is not a factor in musical prowess. No race has the monopoly on soul.

Someone said, “Nicholas …. I kind of agree. But please keep in mind, some people, like myself, grew up as one of the few white kids in our hood …. I was jumped and beaten my entire childhood for the color of my skin ….. just saying.”

Yeah, but I was heckled on the bus, too. Because I went to a mixed school, or because I dressed like a “preppie” or spoke proper English at times. I had to fight often because some kids would question my Blackness based on my appearance. That ain’t racism, that’s prejudice. Truth is, most of those thugs who messed with cats on the bus are probably either dead or in jail. They were most likely raised in a low-economic environment, had very little guidance or discipline, were victims of poor education, and as a result, little chance of ever gaining decent employment. That, my friend, is racism.

Someone said that at times my acerbic wit and approach might be what turns some folks off from hearing my message. I can’t, nor do I have any desire to please everybody. I speak only to people who can handle the truth. To those who are easily angered because my words awaken some ugly things inside, I suggest you do some spiritual homework. There are far less offensive options than I, read them. I don’t dilute the truth. If you want to be spoon fed, don’t read my posts.

There has also been rumblings that because my latest album is entitled Bitches that I’m a misogynist, too. A misogynist is someone who hates women. I love women, if anything, too much. I’m mean, really, would a racist misogynist have a band like this?

Can A White Person Experience Racism?

Someone said to me, “living in New Orleans all one had to do to is go to City Hall to realize that black people can be as racist as white people. For all of the years I lived in the Crescent city there was almost nothing one could get done unless they had what amounted to a black Sentinel to get things done in City Hall.”

Here’s the thing, racism is a “from the top down” phenomenon. Mark Morial’s or Ray Nagin’s pro-Black, New Orleans ideology was hardly a racist regime in light of the larger picture of America. To those who may claim to have experienced racism in Africa, Africa is hardly a world economic power. The countries that comprise the African continent don’t control the global economy. If you have, as a white person, experienced prejudice in a place governed by Blacks, this is not racism; it’s called colorism.

White Angst

I have some White people very upset with me. Why? What is it that I’m saying isn’t true? Russell Malone recently said to me in a public forum, “Nicholas, I applaud you for not being afraid. A lot of musicians are just too political. You are very intelligent, you’ve been blessed with a gift, and you can back up anything you say on the bandstand. And most of all, you are controversial and fearless. That’s why, in the eyes of some folks, you’re a dangerous nigger.”

I am thankful to Russell for that. I have been under constant attack from folks of all races and genders for my outspokenness on hot button issues. Some have even made the claim that I’m doing it for publicity. That’s ridiculous. I could potentially lose everything I’ve worked towards for speaking my mind. I’ve had folks not want to give me gigs because of things I’ve said online. But you know what? I don’t give a damn. I speak the truth. I am a soldier of the light and I will be a victor in the fight for what’s right. Speaking of being blacklisted, why is it called a “blacklist” when Black people don’t have the power to put anyone on the list?

Racism is hate/fear based, but requires racial status and the power to implement discrimination in order to be effective racism, hence RACEism. Black people control nothing of significance in this world, not even their own music.

The only place a Black man has any power is in his brain, on the basketball court, in the bedroom and on the bandstand, and even that is debatable. Black people can have hate in their hearts, but cannot ultimately be racists, not the way the world is setup now anyways.

My Theory On Why Racism Exists

Some folks, Whites in particular, get quite upset at my theory that racism is based on a fear of the White race’s genetic will to survive in a growing colored population. I’ve been called every thing but a child of God for saying so. I’ve read studies that state race is a false construct and that there is no biological evidence to support a White race. I believe this wholeheartedly from a scientific standpoint. All of life is illusory. That said, it is the self-made barriers we have purposefully put into place that defines our lives. This is why the race construct exists, we only can see “who we are” in the mirror of “who we are not.”

I feel my theory for Whites wanting to stay white in a colored/other type world is the least offensive one I can come up with. I certainly don’t subscribe to the idea that White people are the devil. I don’t believe that White people are evil to the core and that they possess no redeeming qualities, though if I did believe that, could you blame me?

Historically, White people have raped, pillaged, and colonized every colored nation on the planet. Hell, they’ve even tried to colonize aliens. There is no place on the globe that has remained unscathed in the White quest for dominance. Why? Why do White people feel the need to play God with peoples lives?

I believe that most White people are afraid. Unlike some of their predecessors, the White person of today typically has a soul. If you’re a conscious White person, it can’t feel good to know what horrible things those of your race have done to the colored people of this world. Why do White people feel the desire to dominate a colored conversation? Are they afraid that if all us colored people get together there will be a hostile takeover of the White power structure? Look at the wars going on right now. America is sticking its White nose in colored people’s business. Yes, we have a Black president, but Blacks have not waged this war.

I enrage many people. What you have to ask yourself is why I make you angry? If I am just some angry, Black man, why not just ignore my hotheaded rants? You can’t ignore them, can you? You know why? Because, I’m right. You hate me because I am a mirror to all the ugly things you work real hard to not see in yourself.

What I do is no rant. To call it a rant is dismissive and insulting. I am an intelligent Black man with the skills to express myself in a multitude of ways and that scares a lot of you. Hate is not based in evil; it’s based in fear. People “hate on” others because that other person is a reminder of who they aren’t and what they wish they could be. Why hate on another individual? Be inspired. Don’t hate, create.

Why BAM Is The Cure For Racism

BAM is the acronym I developed for the music formerly known as “JA**.” It stands for Black American Music. We wish to credit the creators of this art form by acknowledging that this is Black music. Because it’s Black music doesn’t mean people of all races can’t play it. To the contrary, BAM is for everyone. In fact, I believe White people need BAM more than Black people do. Why?

It is because of BAM that White people realized they had a soul at all. Before BAM took the world by storm, there was no place on this earth a Black person could ultimately enjoy freedom. At one time, the bandstand was the only place that a Negro could be free.

It was through BAM that the White man had to come to terms with how he looked at the American Negro. That, in turn, affected how all whites looked at blacks the across the board. When the White man saw the virtuosity of cats like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, they had no choice but to except that these were brilliant geniuses who were not racially “inferior” to Whites. BAM is more than just music, it is the world’s pathway to freedom.

Unlike many would like to believe, we don’t live in a post-racial society. Racism is alive and well. Don’t think we’ve crossed over because we have a Black POTUS. If anything, the fact that he’s politically impotent should serve to prove that the world’s most powerful Black man has no power at all. I am no Obama supporter, but this is racism.

I don’t believe we can conquer racism through intellectual reasoning. If we could, it would’ve happened already. I don’t wish to be back there, but in many ways Blacks had it better before integration. At least you knew where you stood when you had to drink from The Colored Fountain.

Why BAM? Why in America? America is the window to the world. We solve racism here and the world will be cured. Before BAM, I thought the only end to racism would be if we all schtupped one another and became colored people of some sort. Now, I believe we can end racism if White people stopped trying to play God and accepted the fact that they cannot control everything. The acceptance of BAM in the White race could indeed be a catalyst in the struggle to racial harmony.

Here I’m trying to bring people together, and some have gone as far as to call me “Hitler.” If you think I’m a hateful, embittered person qualified of a comparison to Hitler, then you need not read my work.

This just goes to illustrate how some White people find the idea of BAM very threatening. It really kills them to give it up to Blacks for creating it. They own everything else, yet can’t acknowledge this one thing we ask. If it makes you feel better, we couldn’t have done it without you. Had you not dragged our Black asses over here from Africa and beat the shit out of us, there would be no Blues, which is the basis of BAM.

Seeing all the resistance to the idea of BAM by a select few, maybe racism won’t end until we all become a colored people once again as we were in Africa, the cradle of civilization.

The New Jim Crow

Racism wears a different face now. It’s real subtle. It’s to the point where if a Black man points it out, he’s called a racist. What about these racist parallels PETA has drawn in the last several years. The one where they said the orca whales were like “slaves,” and when they compared animal cruelty to lynching, or when the PETA members dressed up like the KKK to prove a point. Are they really comparing life as a Black American to that of an animal? Sad thing is, I’m willing to bet some of these PETA supporters value the life of an animal over the life of a African-American.

We Do NOT Live In A Post Racist America

To believe racism is over is a delusion. Racism has just changed its face, but it’s still alive and well. Things are much better than they used to be, but far from where they should be. You can call me angry, racist, a misogynist, a homophobe, a megalomaniac or whatever you feel, but know this: you pay attention to me. Why? Because deep down, you know I’m not a racist, I’m right.

BAM!

- Nicholas Payton aka The Creator of BAM aka The Savior of Archaic Pop