Yo, all these people thinking minorities are stealing everything need to read up on some history. The main lesson of history for hundreds of years now is that white people will steal everything that isn't nailed down, and if it is nailed down they'll come back with a crowbar. PS I can say this, I have a white friend.
When will the White Community face up to their history lol.
More than half the questions I am asked are about the politics of the way I look. What it feels like to be not skinny/dark-skinned/a minority/not conventionally pretty/female/etc. It’s not very interesting to me, but I know it’s interesting to people reading an interview. Sometimes I get jealous of white male showrunners when 90 percent of their questions are about characters, story structure, creative inspiration, or, hell, even the business of getting a show on the air. Because as a result the interview of me reads like I’m interested only in talking about my outward appearance and the politics of being a minority and how I fit into Hollywood, blah blah blah. I want to shout, “Those were the only questions they asked!?
First they’ll criticize our slang. Make us seem uneducated for using it, when the reality is they’re mad we can code switch. Then they’ll use our slang mockingly. Like they really don’t want to use it, but it’s so absurd they can’t help themselves. Then they’ll make money off our slang, t-shirts, cups, bracelets, etc. Then they’ll convince us it was never really ours. It’s been public domain forever.
Feel free to replace the word “Slang” with neighborhoods, and music too.
Early morning rant. I can name a million reasons why I think our society is moving in the completely wrong direction—but let my “#1” be the fact that the words “twerk” and “selfie” have been officially added to the Oxford Dictionary. I wouldn’t put it past elementary schools to have the 2nd graders use it in a sentence in homework assignments. Way to lose credibility, Ox.
- Some dumb racist I went to elementary school with who apparently doesn’t understand how language or the OED works
speaking of white boys
I do not know how much my mother spent on her camel colored cape or knee-high boots but I know that whatever she paid it returned in hard-to-measure dividends. How do you put a price on the double-take of a clerk at the welfare office who decides you might not be like those other trifling women in the waiting room and provides an extra bit of information about completing a form that you would not have known to ask about? What is the retail value of a school principal who defers a bit more to your child because your mother’s presentation of self signals that she might unleash the bureaucratic savvy of middle class parents to advocate for her child? I don’t know the price of these critical engagements with organizations and gatekeepers relative to our poverty when I was growing up. But, I am living proof of its investment yield.
A great article about the backlash against those POC who were racially profiled at Barney’s for “spending money on items they can’t afford”
If you don’t care enough to help black people in this country, how am I supposed to think that your bleeding hearts go out to the children of Africa.