26. #iSkeeWee #Songwriter #Singer #Poet #GramAlum
These are some of the ways white solidarity in regard to fighting against anti-black racism can appear.
These are some ways in which white people can be comrades to black people.
Neither of these individuals are running around saying, “Look at me! Look at how I’m so excellent at being a good white person!” Neither of them said, “Hey! But not all white people…!” They, in fact, said, “Too many white people…!” and got to work. Neither of them has to convince black people of their intentions. What they did was say, “How can I be of service?” and, when told, did as they were asked. They were not there to condescend to black people or speak over black people or pretend to be able to know what it must be like to be black in America. They were there to support the cause, which they recognized as imperative for our liberation and their own.
They put themselves in harm’s way (and when you are allied with black people in a bold and physical way, you have definitely, automatically placed yourself in harm’s way by your mere proximity to black bodies and causes, because the System’s aim is not always true) not because it wins them a gold star for the White Ally Games, but because they know that injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere and whatever evils are perpetrated against black peoples, it’s only a matter of time before those same evils are perpetrated against non-black peoples.
In other words, they are not, to paraphrase James Baldwin, Liberals; that is to say, they aren’t missionaries placing themselves in the mix to feel good about themselves. They know, as much as we do, that Whiteness must be abolished. They are not oblivious to their own privileges, showing up in name only in order to score political correctness points. They, rather, understand that the duty to fight against anti-black racism is the duty of anyone who wishes to think of themselves as an actual human being; who, in fact, understands what “humanity” actually means.
Let these two individuals be some sort of examples to the folks who insist upon “Not all white people…!”
Being a comrade is an action. It is not going around touting your role as The Exception. It is not seeking balms and cookies from black people for being in touch with your BASIC, BASELINE humanity.
If you think it is, you’ve been doing this shit ALL WRONG.
If you have to say “Not all white people…!” if you feel compelled to protect and absolve Whiteness in any way, particularly during an event in which Blackness is being annihilated by Whiteness, your priorities have been made clear. You are not comrade; you are enemy.
[Photo descriptions: A young white man is standing on the grass in the midst of an outdoor, daytime gathering where many individuals, black and white, have shown up. He is holding a sign that says: BLACK LIVES MATTER MIKE BROWN
A white woman is standing alone on the grass. She is holding a white sign with black letters that reads: “I Shoplifted as a teen. How many times should I be shot? #MikeBrown. She added, in the photo’s description, an additional bit of text:
“I want to be clear, the purpose of this photo is NOT to infer guilt on Mike Brown. But too often in the killing of black people by cops, alleged guilt of a minor crime is all that is needed for the white public to write them off. I want to circumvent that entire derailment technique, because in the end, it doesn’t matter. If I get caught shoplifting, I don’t get shot eight times. And Michael Brown shouldn’t have, either.”]
if you think black women wearing their hair natural is unprofessional you are racist.
Darren Wilson’s jury
number of votes needed to get him off
9 out of 12
The town is 60% black and you could only find 3 blacks to serve on this jury?
I mean, hell. You could…
my thick thighs and basic brown eyes will win over someone’s heart one day
I love this woman
This succinctly explains why black people shame each other.
Perfect!!!!! This is such a hard concept to explain. Ughhhh I love this woman.
What a WORD!
Things people say to me because I have locs…
" i love your extensions !"
” what extensions did you use ?”
” I love your braids !”
” I thought those were braids “
” is that your real hair ?”
” is that all yours ?”
” oh .. . your hair doesn’t stink ”
” do you listen to Bob Marley ?”
” you smoke weed don’t you ?”
” can I touch your hair ?”
” you like getting your dreads pulled ? ”
*white person with dreads * ” I love your dreads , I wish my hair was like yours !”
” do you wash dreads ?”
” can you wash those ? How ?”
” do your dreads come out when you wash them ? Retwist them ?”
” you need your hair done ”
” are you rasta ?”
” shake dem dreads ”
“You’re pretty for a darkskin girl with dreads ”
” you’re pretty for a girl with dreads ”
” I don’t usually like girls with dreads but …”
” my sisters uncles grandmothers daddy’s nephews girlfriend hates dreads and thinks they’re dirty ”
” can you put them together to make one big dread ?”
” medusa !”
” you look like whoopi “
” you remind me of a mop ”
” let’s tie our dreads together ”
” what do you think about white people with dreads ?”
” you have dreads on your p*ssy?”
” only gay girls have dreads ”
” I thought you were going to be ghetto because you have dreads ”
” can I touch them ?”
” they’re rough ”
” what’s inside your dreads ?”
” oh they’re matted ”
” your babies are going to come out with dreads ”
” do dreads hurt ?”
” I would never get dreads girl I don’t know how you do it ”
” you can’t have dreads to work here ”
” is there something you can do with your hair ?”
” so it’s like that forever ?”
*dude trying to come at me * ” so you going to retwist my dreads for me ?”
The list really goes on …
I think my picture was appropriate for this post cause that’s how I be looking for real ….
Stop calling what’s happening in Ferguson a “riot”.
It is not a riot.
Vancouver losing the Stanley Cup a few years ago was a riot. It was angry, drunken destruction with no purpose. (And as a Canadian, it was a shameful event)
Ferguson is not a riot. It is a protest. It is an uprising. It is a civil rights revolution. The prople of Ferguson may be angry, but they have a reason to be angry, and they are not violent, and they are not hooligans, thugs or looters. They are protesting for their human rights which are currently being denied.
Look at the difference between a riot and a protest. A riot is chaos. A protest has a purpose.