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