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As a community organizer I see how Gray this portion of the CRM is.
they always say how tired they are.
I’m the youngest active member of my branch.
we got old folks calling tweets “twats” cause they don’t know any better but they are trying to connect with us.
the young folks who have connections on social networks and know how to spread information like wild fire.
but we wont show up or show out.
and I blame the boomers for this.
They told so many of us that its over and we should be grateful that they did the hard part so we can enjoy *xyz* luxuries.
hold up, i’m not saying that they didn’t work, they didn’t bleed and they didn’t die.
i’m saying that en mass, they didn’t finish and they didn’t teach us how to finish.
note that most Black folks didn’t even participate in the CRM. so those organizing skills, drive, and knowledge weren’t passed down.
they said it was over.
we got scraps.
and now they are dusting off their marching boots and wondering why damn near everyone at the function looks just like them.
and they are complaining.
i get fingers pointed at me at every meeting but not one of them has their grand kids at the table.
and that is cause people hushed up after they got jobs and barely better treatment. hushed up to the point where they didn’t teach us beyond what the integrated schools had in the curriculum.
so we see no need for organizing and organizations that are here to help.
our old folks are walking around with cracked skulls, metal plates in their bodies, permanent physical/ mental disabilities, prison records, and chronic illnesses as a result of living in their portion of the CRM.
just. like. we.do.
cross generational communication needs to happen asap.
old heads gotta step back and let the young ones do the work.
but us young folk gotta step the fuck up and stop entertaining the minstrelization of revolutionary liberation.
we got a lot on our plate. shit is bad. there is no sugar coating it.
i am not shaming people who aren’t able to come out cause we don’t all got it like that.
but i need some of yall who got more than enough time and ability to contribute but you don’t think its fashionable to come to a rally, speak out, or be ACTIVELY part of an org that wants to make change for the better.
i know that times is hard but the fact remains that we need physical bodies to SHOW that we care and we matter.
things are changing but they still count effectiveness and public reaction through hard numbers of attendance.
do what you can do. but know that we are struggling because the movement isn’t growing nor evolving fast enough.
what will have to happen to get you in the streets?
“note that most Black folks didn’t even participate in the CRM. so those organizing skills, drive, and knowledge weren’t passed down.”
reblogging bc i have so many feelings about the above, incredibly accurate statement. the older generation is the one that has romanticized the CRM and 60s as a way to shame younger people. when even al sharpton will tell you it wasn’t but a handful of black folks out there marching and whatnot. but the ones who kept their heads down and let others do the heavy lifting are quick to enjoy the “spoils” of that labor
it also reminds me of POC and black folks (esp black men) who dismiss social justice work or acknowledgement that’s not explicitly for cishetero black men. like y’all wanna call us radical/feminazi/whatever, but if and when real change occurs y’all are gonna be FIRST in line to reap the benefits of a more equal society and talk about how “we” fought for this and it’s like nah nigga. malcolm, martin, angela, nelson, zora, rosa, shirley etc would have HATED y’alls asses and y’all would have been the ones urging black folks to just abide by the rules until white people magically gave us equal rights.
you. have. been. seent.
I think it’s funny i get alot of people following me but as soon as I start reposting Black people my counter drops down alot.
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm suspect, I mean when you follow me it says right on the beauty page this is a blog showcasing Afro beauty -cackles-
showcasing afro beauty is deeply appreciated!
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Now referred to as “Black” but previously known as “Blackalopithecus”
There are several phylum of Blackalopithecus. They include but are not limited to:
- Blackalopithecus Cashmoneymillionairus, known primarily for keeping it gully from the 99 to the 2000s
- Blackalopithecus Naturalus, known primarily for wearing both sandals and capri pants
- and Blackalopithecus Princerogersaurus, a very rare specimen found mostly near the waters of Lake Minnetonka
So the ques went carolling..lol this is old but funny
hahahahaha look at these niggas niggin
Get to the Source: Black People Cannot End Racism Alone
It is obvious that many Whites believe that not even racism, but race itself is something that has nothing to do with them, as if White is not also a “race.” On racism, many will refer to it as “your cause” when speaking to someone Black, as if racism does not involve Whites at all. Also, there are Black people who think that we alone can end racism, or should at least ignore it. Not ignoring it is deemed “making excuses” and “not taking responsibility” by exceptional Black people (such as the Obamas) using bootstrap theory arguments to appease Whites. Whites conveniently do not have to “take responsibility” for racism though Black people are supposed to “take responsibility” for the ways racism impacts our lives, while simultaneously not mentioning racism being there in the first place.
It is not only Black people shrouded in exceptionalism (via money, power and/or platform) who make these arguments though. I have heard it from other Black people, especially Black men. They often suggest that the following will end racism: Black “unity,” Black self-esteem, Black women obeying Black men, and Black people “reconnecting” to Africa. While some of these matter and others are ridiculous and imply intraracial oppression and fetishism based on ahistorical and monolithic perceptions of an entire continent, none of the four will end racism. None. Below are two examples of Black men attempting to make this argument; one benevolent and one disgusting. Both wrong. (On the former, the author of the essay where the argument was posted replied.)
On an essay on Still Furious and Still Brave, Black/Non-Black Divide and The Anti-Blackness of Non-Black Minorities, a Black man left this comment:
I don’t believe anyone has to confront their anti-black prejudice until we wage an all out war on black self hate. In my opinion half the battle is lost individually and as a group by our own lack of self-respect. These (other) groups that are mentioned almost all have a homeland or native culture that they relate very closely to. They often conduct business among themselves and often create many businesses based on their culture or language. The fact is that many of them will never be white but they don’t hold that against themselves (at least not in many contexts). Black Americans, North, South, Central and Caribbean tend to be divided linguistically and culturally in ways that prevent us from working together as effectively as we could. One of the biggest problems is that we have allowed ourselves to become isolated from that which we all have very much in common. AFRICA. In spite of these cultural and linguistic differences we all have many common forefathers due to the nature of the slave trade. Until we learn to embrace our Africaness and our African heritage with pride and the understanding that as Africans we are in no way inferior to anyone else. I really believe that all people of African descent in this Hemisphere should refer to ourselves as American-Africans, at the same time understanding that there are at least 200 million of us here. We also need to fully understand that none of the wealth that exists here today would have even been possible without us. We have to stand united in rejecting any ill treatment that people want to subject us to. We needn’t worry about prejudice if we build and protect own communities and teach our children that they are not their own worst enemies. Once we do this (others) will understand that we can be allied with and if not (it’ll be their loss).
This is an example where zero accountability is assigned to Whites or to any people of colour who adopt anti-Black racism. He presents other minorities of colour as “model minorities” and this is often used to dehumanize them and oppress Blacks. Though this example does not invoke how Black men dominating Black women will eradicate racism (the next one does), it does invoke unity, self-esteem and “reconnection” to Africa as answers. I find it interesting that he mentioned “we needn’t worry about prejudice if we build and protect own communities.” This is so passionately ridiculous because it ignores the role of racism in destruction of communities. Has he never heard of Black Wall Street? Rosewood? The idea that Black collectivism can make racism a non-factor is denial through ignorance. Thankfully, the author of the post, @phuzzieslippers then replied:
Black self-hate is a direct result of the same processes that cause anti-black prejudices from other groups, i.e. white supremacy. Saying that we must address ourselves first excuses the other participants in this system and blames black people for problems that we didn’t cause. And we MUST disavow this American belief that Africa is the key to our freedom, that our commonality is rooted in Africa. It’s not. Africa is a HUGE place, the third largest continent in the United States, with literally thousands of languages and cultures; it’s vast. Even though we believe that we should be connected there because of the transatlantic slave trade, the fact is that even most African slaves were only taken from a very small segment of the continent. Black Americans, regardless of region, will probably have much more in common with each other than two randomly selected African ethnic groups. We can’t refuse to give Africa and Africans the dignity they deserve by re-imagining their homes to fit our stylized idea of what they should be. It’s not fair to them because it denies them the recognition of uniqueness that they deserve, and it’s not fair to us because it fails to give us credit for forging ahead and establishing a strong Black American culture.
That was the benevolent example; here is the more disgusting example. There is a man who has been harassing me online since February. He makes new accounts (thirteen so far) every few weeks to harass me from them. He posted this comment to one of my essays:
Negro b*tches quality-of-life, will continue to flounder when they do not support the negro male counterpart. I am all for racism & police oppression if I can put a black b*tch in her proper place. When you don’t invest in your men to be leaders fo rthe black collective, the Trayvon’s & Troy Davis’ will continue to happen. And I am here for it. We need a black patriarchy. Until then, f*ck black women and their fight to be sl*ts. Good day.
This man suggests that Black women who fight intraracial oppression is why a racist man murdered Trayvon Martin. The fear of holding White men accountable is not new for some Black men; one blamed Black women for The Onion’s attack on Quvenzhané—not the organization themselves, not racism (and misogynoir) in the media etc. The idea that racism is caused by Black women not obeying Black men is promoted here and is common. While not every Black man will lace this belief with such misogynoirist language and hateful nonsense as above, many hold this belief at its core.
While Black unity (and I do not think this is heterosexual Black men dominating Black heterosexual women, Black LGBTQ people and Black children, as the former enter their quest to mimic patriarchal White men) matters in terms of supporting each other for growth, development, and in the fight for justice, this alone will not eradicate racism. It can help our interpersonal lives improve with a sense of connectedness. But Whites as individuals and racism as institutional, systemic and structural are still culpable. Besides, many themes of “unity” do not allow true humanity for Black people, but are shaped by respectability politics and hopes for White approval. These unity themes rarely allows intraracial critique for fear of the White Gaze. We cannot prove worthiness of our humanity through unity when we are dehumanized via racism because we are Black, not because we are not “collective” enough.
While Black self-esteem is critical in rejecting White supremacy and fighting racism and its manifestation in almost every sphere of life, as well as it being critical to the well-being of Black people individually and culturally, Black self-esteem alone will not end racism. Whites as individuals and racism as institutional, systemic and structural are still culpable.
As much as some Black men refuse to critique White supremacy and racism—and will not historically examine how this impacts Black families, and in many cases cannot even articulate what “obedience” or “submission” is without invoking White supremacist gender tropes, the politics of respectability or Eurocentric notions of family—and continue to blame Black women’s supposed “deviance” or “pathology” as to why we face racism collectively, the reality is many Black women are patriarchal and come from patriarchal families (for which men do not have to physically be present in, in order for said family to be patriarchal). They are abused, hurt and still oppressed by race (in addition to other identities). More Black women accepting intraracial patriarchal domination will not end racism. Whites as individuals and racism as institutional, systemic and structural are still culpable.
While some Black people view Africa as a monolith as many Whites do (though for different reasons; for Black people it is a reaction to White supremacy and an attempt to reject it by idolizing Africa as a monolithic place where all Blacks have a history of royalty and a place without war or pain until the Transatlantic Slave Trade; for Whites it is White supremacy itself and being taught to view it as a “country” not a multi-faceted continent), the truth, as alluded to above is that “we can’t refuse to give Africa and Africans the dignity they deserve by re-imagining their homes to fit our stylized idea of what they should be.”When Black Americans or western Blacks in general do this to Africa, it is disrespectful and ignores what Black culture was created here, in America, despite slavery. Despite it. There is excellence and culture right here. And it still has connections to specific places, time periods, languages, and cultures in Africa, but not monolithically so. Even so, knowledge of Africa will not end racism. Whites as individuals and racism as institutional, systemic and structural are still culpable.
To suggest that Black people can end racism alone could only be true if Black people perpetuated racism and benefited from racism alone. It does not matter how many times some Black people declare “we are our own worst enemy” (another “let us let Whites off the hook” declaration) because all of the self-esteem, unity, patriarchal domination of Black women and fantasies about Africa in the world are not going to unravel racism. Racism does not exist because Black people are flawed and as some sort of punishment until we reach a perfection that no one else has to reach. All humans are flawed. Thus, Black people have to be willing to examine the realities of racism without creating pathology-oriented intraracial excuses as to why it exists and remedies that will not work. Truthfully, many Black people, especially Black men, assert these four “solutions” because they’re at least something that Blacks can possibly control (though the irony is that racism still impacts their proposed “solutions” no matter how much they want to ignore its role) and because most history reveals that we have little reason to believe that Whites will do the work to end racism. The reality of racism involves Whites (even if certain individual ones aren’t racist, per se). Institutions. Structures. Systems. It has to be examined for what it is. Any conversation about racism that does not include, well…racism, is insufficient.
So much of those two bolded statements basically summarizes the attitude of antiblackness by whites and non-black POC - this demand that Black folks have to achieve collective messiah-hood in order to atone for being Black - for the right to simply get basic human respect.
People put all these qualifiers on Black people to ‘earn respect’
And this comes from non-Black POC too, demanding that we bend over backwards and do x y and z to be fucking seen as PEOPLE, other POC mad as hell that we get so much ‘attention’
Inspiration Vortex: karnythia: notesonascandal: theraceproblem: One of my biggest pet...
One of my biggest pet peeves is when some of my fellow immigrants of African descent use their experiences to try and invalidate the systemic and institutionalized racism that Black Americans face in the United States. I will still in African Students Association meetings and hear comments about like “Our parents came here from Africa with no money and we were able to succeed so why can’t Black people in America do the same thing?” or “I don’t think the issue is racism, it’s different culture and values. African parents set really high standards for their kids and if Black parents just did the same, there would be huge progress.“
First, these comments are relying on socially-constructed and false stereotypes and tropes about Black people and Black families. Moreover, this shit is extremely dismissive of the historical and inter-generational oppression of Black people in this country and your one experience cannot invalidate their history or their experiences. By espousing these views, all you are doing is supporting White supremacist notions of Black inferiority by playing into an African/Black immigrant model minority myth. You are using your one life experience to not only pathologize Black Americans and blame them for facing huge obstacles in a pervasively racist country, but you are also completely erasing the fact that African/Black immigrants actually experience severe challenges in the United States.
For example in spite of have some of the highest levels of education,Black immigrants earn less than other immigrants and native-born people with similar training.Black immigrants also have the highest unemployment rate of any foreign-born group (12.5%)andwere the hardest of all immigrant groups by the recent job crisis. Moreoverthe foreign born Black population have a poverty rate of 18.8%, which is higher than the national average and double the rate of White Americans. So life isn’t, in fact, rosey for all African/Black immigrants.
There is not one lived experience for African/Black immigrants and we need to understand that the world is way to nuanced for you to logically make the claim of “I succeeded, why can’t Black people?”. Native-born Black Americans and Black immigrants face unique obstacles and challenges in the United States because of unique, diverse history and social-political context. Understand that and remember that before you spout some bullshit to shit on Black people in the United States.
Strangest part is some of the my African immigrant brothers will analyze the shit out of European and Western colonialism and imperialism in Africa, but don’t even put in an iota of effort or thought into interrogating White supremacy and racism in the U.S.
Also, there is this myth that African immigrants have access to opportunity here because of some invisible hand. Nope, the ongoing Civil Rights Movement is why there’s so much opportunity for POC in America. It irks the shit out of me to see immigrant POC looking down their noses at Black Americans while they profit from avenues of access that we fought to establish and still fight to protect.
bolding mine because damn
Openly-gay mayoral candidate slain in Mississippi: Many local residents believed Marco McMillian, 35, to be the first viable openly-gay candidate for public office in the history of Mississippi. As of now, the murder, discovered on Tuesday and reported by police on Wednesday, is not being investigated as a hate crime; however, police do already have one suspect in custody. Though they have not been formally charged, the unidentified suspect was found in McMillian’s wrecked car on Tuesday, with the Clarksdale mayoral candidate nowhere to be seen. (photo by Troy Catchings/The Clarksdale Press Register)
oh, my god
did yall think we were playing when we pointed out how violence against LGBTQI folks is usually directed at people of color or…?
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Get to the Source: iloveromances: sourcedumal: White folks will go out of their way to...
White folks will go out of their way to learn to speak, read and write in elvish, dwarvish, draconic and Klingon, but say that learning how to say ‘Quvenzhane’ Wallis’ is too fucking hard…
True. I can’t tell you how many times white people I work with refuse to learn my name. I go by DD but just once it would be nice if people would remember Darisha (DUH-REE-SHUH). Three syllables. Yet who can’t say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious? You see The Sound of Music enough and you learn that but a 3 syllable name is so beyond people’s capabilities.
Quite frankly, I hope she straight up ignores folks until they get her name right and her family sues folks for getting her name wrong. Trademark that shit and if they say it wrong, you owe her bank.
what is it with people trippin over our names lately??
today at work this white dude i already can’t stand was bellyaching over the name Lavonte, not only cuz haha blackness but also ‘cause he didn’t know the gender of the person and it was SUCH an inconvenience for him…to, you know, leave a voicemail. mind you he is russian with a unique name himself so i’m 150% positive he’s pronounced more difficult monikers and i’m 200% positive he felt me staring daggers at him
and you know the worst part? this dolt of a black guy thought it would be ok to SYMPATHIZE with this man! this kool-aid sipping mothereffer said, and i quote “yeah, it’s a ghetto name.” in a room full of white people. who i’m pretty sure nodded at that statement.
i was speechless (and not in a position to respond). like was that necessary for you to be SO complicit in white bullshit to disrespect someone who probably is one of us?
ugh. i was mad about that shit all morning.