17 Poisons

Excerpted from How to Hustle and Win Part One: A Survival Guide for the Ghetto by Supreme Understanding

Here’s a few things I’m sure have killed some part of your mind, your body, or your community already:

  1. Reality TV shows that make celebrities out of ignorant assholes, sluts, and drug addicts that personify the worst traits in our people.
  2. Daytime talk shows that make all relationships involving Black people seem completely dysfunctional and circus-like.
  3. Modern-day minstrel shows where Black actors embarrass themselves by mocking how “ghetto” Black people act for the amusement of white people.
  4. Vaccinations and other shots that actually pose a risk of you catching the disease you think you are being protected from.
  5. Destructive emotions like lust, greed, envy, or hatred.
  6. Red meats that contribute heavily to health problems like cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
  7. Religious denominations that encourage poor people to give up what little money they have with the hopes of being rewarded somehow.
  8. Religious denominations that teach tolerance and patience to people who are suffering and being taken advantage of.
  9. Religious denominations that claim to change the world when the community where they are located is still in shambles.
  10. Food or drinks that are high in chemical content, or mostly composed of ingredients the average person cannot pronounce.
  11. Eating habits that involve fast food more than once or twice a week.
  12. Any food or food product involving pork or a pork-by-product (especially something really gross like chitterlings or lard).
  13. Blue juice (there’s nothing in nature that you can consume that is that color).
  14. “Get rich quick” schemes and programs that focus on promising dreams to poor people who don’t have the business sense to know better.
  15. Malt liquors and spirits that are marketed specifically to the Black community.
  16. Any drug that permanently damages your brain or body, including many prescription drugs.
  17. Weed with any “special” or unknown added ingredients.

Be careful what you take in.  Everything that’s good TO you isn’t good FOR you.  And too much of anything is never a good thing.

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