This story was originally posted on September 4th 2016.
Have you ever thought about lying and telling people that you are a member of a Black fraternity or sorority when you are not in order to impress them, the people around you, or beef up your resume? Well guess what? That is probably a bad idea. In the particular case of Pastor Mark Burns, a prominent surrogate for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, it turned out to be a REALLY REALLY bad idea.
Believe it or not, there are grown adults who lie about being members of black fraternities and sororities. In Black greek culture, these people are referred to as “perps,” a shortened form of the word “perpetrators.” And while there are people out there “perping,” there are also members of Black fraternities and sororities who have established networks to catch these perpetrators.
Pastor Mark Burns, a televangelist from South Carolina, caught the notice of one of these perp-catching networks after giving a speech at the Republican National Convention. Burns is a prominent surrogate for Donald Trump and has been used by the Trump campaign to speak on behalf of Trump and introduce him on the campaign trail.
Here is a video of him leading an “All Lives Matter” chant at the GOP convention:
Here is a controversial image of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in blackface that he tweeted, before taking it down and apologizing for it after it hit the press. Needless to say, Burns is already a controversial mouthpiece.
Inthe bio section of his personal website, Burns had claimed that he was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and this came to the attention of the network of Black greeks who specialize in catching people who claim to be greek but are not. The group did a background check and things went downhill from there.
Word got out to CNN who flew Damon Davis, a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc., who prides himself in catching these perpetrators to their CNN Headquarters in Atlanta for an interview. It turns out that after realizing that Burns had lied about his membership with the fraternity, other aspects of his bio also turned out to be false including the fact that he had a bachelor’s degree from North Greenville University and that he was a member of the Army Reserve for six years.
Watch the video of the CNN interview below:
We at WatchTheYard.com reached out to Damon Davis and he told us that perping like this from high-profile people is not uncommon:
“This is the second big political guy caught up in a [perping] situation like this and this is about the 6th celebrity,” he stated in a message to us. “There is no need to misrepresent yourself as a member of these organizations in life and/or on social media. We will find you, we will put the entirety of your life and any other lies out there for public consumption no matter the irreparable damage it may cause to your personal life, finances, or work. Be yourself.”
If anything, this story about Mark Burns is proof that perping is a bad idea.
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Sigma Gamma Rho Just Released This Statement About The 2016 Elections
Sigma Gamma Rho just released the following statement about the presidential election and sent it to WatchTheYard.com to share with the public.
Cary, N.C. November 9, 2016 – Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. congratulates the 2016 United States election winners and trusts that the new era in politics will serve those often left out of the public discourse. We ask that our political leaders view our sorority as a partner to achieve greater progress in the areas of civic and social action, education, healthcare and leadership development. These matters of public concern are at the heart of our mission and essential to our 94-year history.
“We are gratified by the activism of our membership who worked countless hours throughout the campaign season to get out the vote; provided voter education; supported candidates at the local, regional, state and federal levels; worked the election polls and engaged in other activities to uphold our democracy,” said Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority International President Deborah Catchings-Smith.
As we all prepare for the new administrations taking office around the country, our sorority leaders and members remain vigilant about holding our elected officials accountable for the issues that impact our communities and insist that they deliver on the promise of our United States Constitution. We stand ready to serve.
This 29-Year-Old Brother Of Alpha Phi Alpha Is Running For Mayor Of Baltimore On The Green Party Ticket
“No Red, No Blue, I’m in it for you!” – Josh Harris
Joshua grew up in poverty and his family struggled to make ends meet but through access and opportunity his family was able to overcome those struggles and now the 29-year-old member of Alpha Phi Alpha is running for mayor of Baltimore with the goal to spread that opportunity to others.
Harris is a 2006 initiate of the Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. at the University of Minnesota and before he started his campaign worked at the Black fraternity’s headquarters in Baltimore.
“He has also served as a legislative aide for Delegate Charles E. Sydnor and assisted with the passing of police body camera legislation. Joshua believes that it is necessary to rebuild the trust between our neighborhoods and the police department. Outside of Baltimore, Joshua has worked with Black and Brown People Vote, aimed at increasing voter education and turnout in African American and Latino communities.”
We at WatchTheYard.com are highlighting this brother as part of our series on black greeks who are running for political offices. Check out his videos below as well as his website HarrisForBaltimore.com.
It is amazing to see young brothers like this engaging and taking up roles in politics.
Jeezy’s “My President Is Black” Will Only Hold True Until 1/20/17, We’re Sad, So We Made This…
In 2008, Young Jeezy released “My President” and on Friday January 20th 2017, the chorus of the song will no longer ring true because President Barack Obama, the first black POTUS, will be leaving office.
In the chourus, Jeezy raps “My president is black, my Lambo’s blue/And I’ll be goddamned if my rims ain’t too”. It is poetic, it rhymes, its true because our current president is Black and there is a very good chance that Jeezy has/had a blue lambo within the last eight years.
The song, which featured Nas, was the fourth official single from rapper’s third studio album, The Recession. If you are Black, a millennial, and were breathing during the time this song came out, there is no doubt that it has a special place in your heart.
To pay honor to the song and that special place in your heart that is has, we at WatchTheYard.com have created the following list. At this point you may be asking yourself, “Wait is this just an article with ‘My President’ by Jeezy posted multiple times?” Well yes, yes it is. Once for each year Obama was in office.
We suggest blasting this as much as possible between now and 1/20/17.
One time for 2008
One time for 2009
One time for 2010
One time for 2011
One time for 2012
One time for 2013
One time for 2014
One time for 2015
One time for 2016
One extra time because Jay Z was on the the remix
Share this on Facebook if this song has a special place in your heart.
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