Until white people are ready to relieve themselves of an all-consuming belief in a colorblind legal system, ready to recognize the violence at the core of the ideology of whiteness (which is, I hope you hear me saying, different from calling all white people violent), ready to adopt a new framework, we can’t talk. We can’t talk because y’all can’t hear me. To remix the words of Trayvon’s mom, since you can’t hear us, we will make you feel us, through our protests, through our acts of civil disobedience, through our stoic faces that refuse you the comfort of our smiles. And in the words of Notorious B.I.G., “if you don’t know, now you know."
"White America’s scary delusion: Why its sense of black humanity is so skewed"
Brittney Cooper always knocks it out of the park!
The video is 47 minutes long, but we think it is well worth the watch. Although we may not always agree with everything she has to say, Azealia Banks is fearless and never afraid to raise her voice and speak her truth. She calls out Iggy Azalea for her cultural appropriation and we think that it is EVERYTHING! Did we mention that her album, Broke With Expensive Taste, is damn good?
We couldn't help but be a little smug when the offensively whitewashed Exodus movie starring Christian Bale was met with less than glowing critical reviews (currently 27% for critics on Rotten Tomatoes). Here are some equally smug reactions from Twitter upon hearing about the flop that was Exodus: Gods and Kings
CANDY magazine has done a pictorial of some of the world's most prominent trans women, and it is all kinds of amazing. Any chance to be graced with the fabulousness that is Janet Mock and Laverne Cox is a moment to be celebrated. See more pictures from the shoot here.
We've watched this video more than once because we think that her response is all kinds of awesome. She has every right to her anger! The man who killed her husband got away with murder and the only thing that he has to offer her is an apology and prayers. Black lives matter, and folks who engage in and uphold white supremacy and institutional racism would do well to remember that.
The buh-bye of the week goes to...drumroll please...Dr. Ben Carson. In his latest attempt to pathologize blackness, Ben Carson places the blame for the "failure of the black family" and the deaths of young black people at the feet of black women. He essentially says that women's liberation and black feminism are to blame for police shootings.
Black students, drop everything and take the time to read this open letter from your black professors originally posted at The Feminist Wire. It brought tears to my eyes to read the words and names of our mentors standing in solidarity with us during these politically tense times. Remember that your black life matters.
We are Black professors.
Read the names of professors who have publicly signed this letter by clicking "read more."
The world needs books...like cars and gas
Someone after our own heart. Her speech is all kinds of awesome!
they |T͟Hā|: any individual (white or brown) who chooses to uphold the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy and to disseminate the myth of a color blind society.
I grieve/we grieve
It has really taken me a moment to sit down and compose my thoughts on the outcome of the Ferguson decision. I was certainly aware of what the decision on Darren Wilson's indictment would be, but that did very little to calm the sick feeling that I felt in the pit of my stomach as the prosecutor announced that he would not be indicted. We grieve for Michael Brown and his family. We grieve at the fact that he died for no reason. We grieve for all of the young black men and women who lose their lives because society has chosen to view us as a problem.
How does it feel to be a problem?
We grieve because society has created a very problematic narrative around the racial inequalities in this country. This system, a system which was built on the backs of black people and was never meant to protect us in the first place, is upholding oppression and people are refusing to acknowledge that it is. They distort, misconstrue, or ignore the lived experiences of people of color in this country. "Racism doesn't exist anymore, so what are you complaining about?" "Why must you always play the race card?" "If you didn't bring up race then it wouldn't be a problem!" "I don't see race...I only see people." These are common refrains that take different shapes and forms, but they all seem to say the same thing: you are the problem, you are to blame for whatever oppression that you think that you are experiencing.
I think of Darren Wilson's interview with George Stephanopoulos and his description of Michael Brown as being a demon. It is painful to say that Darren Wilson is not the only one who has felt or expressed that sort of sentiment. I've heard it before and it lurks malevolently beneath the surface of many a discussion of racial inequality in this country. You are a problem. You and the black body in which you exist are unnatural and demonic.
How does it feel to be ignored?
They continue to uphold the white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy while insisting that we live in a colorblind, post-racial society and that the oppression that we experience is imagined. Irrational. Not real. Not relevant. We deserve to be heard.
To tell our truths and to be heard is revolutionary action, it is a step in the journey towards liberation from oppression. Revolutionary action is uncomfortable and inconvenient, yet it is absolutely necessary if you stand for freedom.
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