In a personal analysis of the world we live in, it doesn’t really look good for black homosexuals. In fact, the whole idea of “gay” seems to be a construct that we as black men and women tend to not be subscribed for the sheer fact that it’s not necessarily designed for us. Take a look at the health factor in our community where there seems to be a lot more focus compared to our mainstream counterparts. Statistics show that we’re disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS at a rate nine times that of whites. Of course, HIV/AIDS awareness is important across the board, but there just seems to be less of a focus on the mainstream gay agenda; yet marriage equality is.
What I’ve been saying for years.
Michelle Joni (the founder of before and afro) says her purpose for wearing this afro out and throughout NYC is this:
The afro is also a hairstyle that I’ve recently rendered part of my personal style repertoire. I originally got my fro for a Studio 54-themed costume party for AHAlife (where I handle the social media), and let’s just say the party has not ended. The afro changed my perspective; it made me think, walk, see and experience life differently. I wear it often. It’s not about feeling black… what I actually feel like is ME, understood more clearly. It’s not an alter ego. It’s an amplified ego.
After a summer racking my soul over what kind of blog to start, the afro was the catalyst. The catalyst to begin sharing this wild life journey of self-discovery. There was before, and now, this blog: the afro.
My ultimate goal here is to help people all over the world look deeper within themselves so they can master their consciousness and fall madly in love with every detail of their lives. I may have a contorted way of getting there—it’s a wacky formula and if I summarized it here that’d be no fun! But if you follow along, I promise to show you the way. My way, at least.
I don’t… I can’t. Simple.
Cultural appropriation is not something I spend a lot of time on but I really don’t like it.
Everyone who sees this, feel welcome to hit up her information if you’d like but until the shit hits the fan on this one Imma leave it alone.
there is the more realistically accurate definition which is:
Power + Racial Prejudice = Racism
and then there’s the also accurate in its own way definition:
Prejudice based on race = Racism.
I can no longer say that “Black people can’t be racist against white people” anymore without making aware to whoever I’m speaking to that I am using the first definition and not the second.
Most white people and people of color (I’m really only talking about Black people on this one since I only know my people, really) who are not exactly conscious only know and only use the second definition. This is problematic, now let me tell you why:
This is problematic for Black people to use this definition because it gives their oppressors some sort of false approval (from us) to get out of their guilt with this idea of “reverse racism.”
Side-Note: The phrasing alone gives you a hint to the falsehood/inaccuracy to the 2nd definition. If you say a Black person is being “reverse racist” and not merely racist then what you’re telling is that you too are using the first definition that is power + prejudice = racism meaning that you agree that in order to be racist you must have some sort of power first and being that you agree, I KNOW that your “reverse” factor is simply an attempt to make the oppressed feel guilty because we all know that the Black community holds virtually no power over our government (proof: the current genocide on Black bodies in the USA).
This is problematic for white people to use this definition because because it gives themselves a false right to excuse themselves from their guilt.
On top of that, it makes both parties look completely ignorant to our own U.S. History and worse, current events taking place in the U.S. as we speak.
Yesterday someone said I was being racist against whites. Ok. I do have a racial prejudice against whites in that I do not actively seek their company or friendship but that’s about it. I don’t honestly think they’re lesser than any other person and I don’t honestly believe that they are ALL racist. However, being that my essence as a Black male is controlled, mocked, and falsely created by a white run government and white run media…I’m sure you can understand my resentment.
Besides, I can’t be racist… I have white friends.
ALL of these need to be memes. lmao!
“I’m not here for this!”
Chained (handcuffed) and shot in the back of the head.
Murder. The boy had no weapon and they murdered him.
The police were called to HELP him and they SHOT him.
What the fuck…
And if your “black friend allows” you to say it and you actually do then you’re still a racist.
If you weren’t a racist then you wouldn’t want to say it.
It’s that simple.
Now this isn’t only for white people. It’s hard to address latin@ usage of the word since many of them are 1) afro-latin@ and 2) face many of the same hardships regarding the word that Black people do (that being said, that doesn’t exactly give them a free pass but I’d let them get away with it before a white person). It is not ok for any non-Black person to say it but white people happen to be the heaviest offenders on tumblr so I am addressing mainly them.
I’ve noticed with many people in the Black “community” that they’ve become complacent with how things work in today’s “post racial America.” They’re satisfied with the subtle racism because it’s not as blatant as it was for our parents.
I think this is terrible but I’m happy that they don’t see what I see everyday. Ignorance really is bliss.
My problem with people being complacent is that it makes it hard for those of us who aren’t satisfied to get what we deserve. Thanks to complacency and all of our precious Uncle Ruckus’ we have we really are losing this idea of “community.”
When it comes to these issues we face today we could really use some serious solidarity…
No truer words…
“But a cloud hangs over Bilic’s team following allegations that up to 500 Croatia fans directed racist chants at Balotelli during Thursday’s 1-1 draw in Poznan, Poland, before he was substituted.
An AFP photographer positioned in front of the fans also saw a steward pick up a banana from the pitch.”