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Are Black Americans frogs in hot water too numb to escape from oppression and depression?


The frog was captured and put in a pot of slowly boiling water, though the frog had the ability to jump out of the pot, it did not. Perhaps it reasoned that it could tolerate the heat and things would cool off by and by, but the water got hotter and the frog adjusted its tolerance level to accommodate the heat. Perhaps it reasoned that the one controlling the heat would take pity on it, after all it would be inhumane to put a live creature in a pot and watch it slowly boil to death, such a person would have no soul, no conscience and surely everyone had a soul, a conscience. Perhaps it trusted the humanity of the one with his hands on the controls, occasionally the frog would splash around, then settle back down when the level of the heat seemed to remain constant, but just because they’re not turning up the heat at that moment in time does not mean that the frog was not still in a pot of boiling water. The heat was being turned up ever so slowly that the frog could hardly tell that it was hotter now that it was then. The frog slowly boiled to death over a period of time, at the point of its demise the question was asked of the frog “why didn’t you just jump out of the pot?” the frog responded, “I don’t know.”

Are you the frog, Black America? Captured and put in ghettos and ‘hoods where you are slowly being boiled to death, slowly being shot to death by runaway slave hunters, worked to death in corporate plantations, imprisoned to death, taxed to death, disenfranchised to death, profiled to death, low-waged to death, marching to death, shooting each other to death. When did you join hands with your oppressor and said “till death do us part?” Was it during your civil rights era, Black America? As you adjusted to the heat of being called a n—– to your faces while the racist terrorists spat in your faces, threw rocks at you as you marched hand in hand refusing to jump? Did you adjust your tolerance to the heat when they murdered those beautiful innocent four little Black girls? Why didn’t you jump then, Black America? Nonviolence does not mean non self-defense, Black America, every creation has a built-in “fight or flight,” instinct, even the rose bears thorns to protect itself. When you feel the temperature rising you merely splash around, march, riot, loot, burn down your own neighborhoods, but that’s not jumping, that’s merely complaining. You complain about the lack of quality education even though you can jump and educate your own children. You complain about police brutality even though you can jump and police your own neighborhoods. You complain about lack of opportunities even though you can jump and create the same opportunities for yourself that you are creating for everyone else. You complain, you splash around just like the frog, you refuse to jump just like the frog. How many Emmitt Tills have there been, Black America? What would it take for you to jump, Black America?

Are you the frog, Black America? Gathering yourselves on FaceBook, Twitter, and other social sites just to tell jokes, just to follow lifestyles of the stars they placed in your heavens, your minds? Don’t you see the pot you’re in? Don’t you feel the heat? Is it the Black looking president they gave you who may have had Colonel Gaddaffi assassinated to keep him from helping to unite Afrika that has you sedated?, is it the sports stars, movie stars, rap stars created by the Federal Banking Cartel for purposes of sophisticated money laundering, where their net worth is reduced from ‘invaluable’ to a few millions of worthless fiat currency, that has you duped Black America? well here is a wake-up call to you Black America Trayvon Martin is dead because you didn’t jump, Tamir Rice is dead because you didn’t jump, Freddie Gray is dead because you didn’t jump, Mumia Abu Jamal is still imprisoned for a crime he did not commit because you refuse to jump, Assata Shakur is being hunted like a wild animal for a crime she could not have committed because you refuse to jump. You are dying one by one as you are hunted by the hunter and the hunted because you will not jump Black America.

You have the strongest legs, you have the strongest leverage more than ever to demand reparations and enact your separation from the pot of boiling water, they so much as told you in their Constitution that slavery is only conditionally abolished, that means that you are still in the pot, the same mess, and they did not turn down the heat, they simply resorted to turning it up slowly. They are killing you softly while you sing and march, so why don’t you jump, Black America? Why don’t you jump??

written by Rudwaan for The Lions tale

Editor’s note: The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.


  1. honeybutter on June 8, 2015 at 9:29 am

    this is a good rendiction of the truth , i mean we dont jump we were not taught to jump , our teacher all are oppressed lead by the system . how you gonna teach your people when you are also untaught, knowlege is the predator or the savior its all depending on how we use it ., it is so sad how you live to be 88 and was never free , when i get that old i will be glad to just be on my way out this trap, america is a trap door , you enter and you comply with all the hate , pain , evil , dispair , that the white man hands you … they feed us garbage at one time in our life and now we are eating that same garbage but from a different plate . im sick of uneducated on civil rights and black life in america white complaining we are not worthy of complaining , they are so indenial of the way their ancestors treated us the hallocaust of the world … next to hitler , no one wants to see it for what its worth we live on a cloud of deception all the time

  2. Nigg.Newton on June 8, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Black America has JUMPED…

    We just are too STUPID, to realize that and take advantage of our situation.

    • Rudwaan on June 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      we’re still marching and rioting like we did in the 60’s in response to oppression, where did we jump to? if we don’t recognize what our actual position is then like the frog we simply adjust to the heat while we boil to death, we have to tell ourselves the truth then move to the beat of the truth

      • Nigg.Newton on June 8, 2015 at 2:05 pm

        We don’t have to march, riot, or protest….

        AS Black people all we have to do, is the same as ASIANS, WHITES, and Hispanics. Stick together!

        Why do KOREANS have the $8 Billion dollar, Black Hair Care Industry on LOCK! We cannot even practice Economy Loyalty and crying about equal justice.

        Drops Mic…

        • Rudwaan on June 9, 2015 at 1:41 am

          you ain’t never lied, what we cannot do we must do and there is a formula for it, we created that formula and gave it freely to rest of humanity as we taught then civilization, we are a great and powerful people, that is why we must and will get out of this mess we’re in, chickins always come home to roost…

  3. Lorenzo Clemons on June 9, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    The term is “Boiling Frog Syndrome”, the skin of the frog will respond to hot water, but if you place them in normal water and slowly heat the water the skin will not adjust quick enough to avoid boiling. That could be said for anyone. There is another Frog type story of 2 frogs falling into a bat of cream, one frog gives up and says “we have no chance”, however the other frog refuses to give and trash about as much as possible. Because of his activity he turns the cream into solid butter and hops out and way from the bat! Just more food for thought!

  4. BigSeannY on June 9, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    This cat spoke the very truth of state of Black America.We are weak and lost at the moment.Our Civil Rights Leaders has failed us.Minister Farrakhan warned us about how the government wants to destroy inner cities with drugs,alcohol and total oppression in school system.It’s all true now.

    • Rudwaan on June 9, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      real talk, many of us do not want to hear the truth, we would rather adjust to the heat and wait for brighter days to come, if we keep voting and paying our taxes we will gain racial parity soon enough, it is this lie that has us like the frog in a pot of boiling water

    • Jay Glenn on July 17, 2015 at 7:12 pm

      Don’t fail to unite!

  5. Raqiyah Mays on June 9, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    “Jump and do what? Where is the solution in this piece? Finger pointing does nothing. Without marching and all the protesting, race and police brutality wouldn’t be at the forefront of discussions today with legislations being passed. Do you know the stats? Its the same protest actions that got the voting rights act passed. The same that moved us to the front of the bus. Remember? Change takes time. Years. Like winning elections and passing bills. And unfortunately we all had to start over when King died. Unfortunately, we’re still disenfranchised. Unfortunately, we can’t solve everything at once. But thank God we finally restarted the day Mike Brown died. Now, if we can unite and stop blaming one another we can make change. And we will. Maybe not in our generation. But it will come.

    • Rudwaan on June 9, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      ‘You have the strongest legs, you have the strongest leverage more than ever to demand reparations and enact your separation from the pot of boiling water, they so much as told you in their Constitution that slavery is only conditionally abolished’
      While I respect your feedback I must insist that you read my opine again, you missed a crucial piece of solution suggested. That being said, there is finger-pointing and then there is constructive criticism and feedback. It is my opinion that the Civil rights era did more harm than good to and for the Black American, because of the notion of integration Black businesses all but disappeared, the banks, the schools, the corner stores, the grocery stores, meat shops etc, about the only consistent business that caters to Blacks and owned by Blacks are barbershops and salons, and I already see the Asians moving in on Black hair salon ownership as they combine the nail tech business with the weave business.
      I believe in us, but we are not being told the truth by those whom the media has selected as Black leaders, the legacy of the Civil rights era is being trumpeted because it pays, Hosea Williams said he was unbought and unpaid, that means that someone was bought and paid for, that means the movement was bought and paid for, anyone training for a serious competition like a boxer reviews hours and hours of tapes and critiques themselves towards perfecting their craft by strengthening their weak areas. We need that type of honest gut-wrenching self-analysis so that we don’t keep making the same mistakes over and over again, it’s 2015 and most of Black America is still one paycheck away from being broke and one amendment away from re-enslavement.
      And for the record the only thing marching and rioting accomplishes is overtime pay for the very police paid to brutalize Blacks, if we follow the money we may discover that just like ‘war means big profits for the select’ so does our splashing around in the pot. Jumpn and do what? jump and Demand reparations and move towards Separation from under the authority of the Federal and State system.

      • Raqiyah Mays on July 29, 2015 at 12:47 pm

        I hear you. Although, most of America (not just the black folks) are one paycheck away from being broke . My point is equality takes time. Years to see a return on the demand of reparations. And honestly, Economic equality (as much as it’s needed and can definitely help the community) won’t stop them from killing us in jail cells where no one can see.

    • Jay Glenn on July 17, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      Create Assemblies/congress to plan and act. UNITE! Through an African Assembly we can unite and speak with one voice…nationally and internationally. White supremacy is an international scam. We must starve the beast. What we want and need as a people we’ll find in unity.

  6. Jay Glenn on July 17, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    We need to create local, regional, national and international assemblies/congress to plan and act for our uplift and liberation; and to divest ourselves of the white supremacy and capitalism scam.