Dear Black men,
If you find yourself often posting and believing things like this:
If you spend a good chunk of you time hating on certain “types” of Black women.
Then you may be an Ankh N*igga.
According to the Curvellas of Black Tumblr, an Ankh N*igga is:
If you fit the description, chances are, most of the Black Women on the internet can’t stand you. And though you stand preach Black unity, you spread a Black hate like no other. You need to be stopped, immediately.
So here’s help
Use these 3 steps to cease your Ankh N*gga tendencies:
Step 1: Check Your Respectability Politics at the Door
You may rock your Tutankhamun shirt with the Eyes of Horus chain all you want, but if you’re flashing your Kemet gear while criticizing Black women who own their sexuality and do not perform in ways that you agree with, your self-righteous, fake consciousness ain’t worth shit.
As I mentioned in a previous post, respectability politics, the view that only certain Black people who fit a narrow mold are worthy of respect, works to further restrict and shame, rather than liberate. By praising one idealized type of Black woman while shaming another, you create a very small prison cell for us to function inside of, a prison that is often demanded from our white counterparts. So you can hashtag #StayWoke til the day you die, but unless you learn to respect all Black women and drop your respectability politics, your views will constantly spew white supremacist ideology. You’re a walking oxymoron.
Step 2: Remember that #BlackWomenMatter. All Black women matter… the Janelle Monae’s and Blac Chyna’s alike deserve your respect.
As I explained a while back when this meme was circulating:
Black women are more complex than the Ratchet Hoe vs. Educated Sister dichotomy you seem to have engrained in your mind. Just like how you ask to be treated like a human being, we too want to be treated as people, not one-dimensional stereotypes. Just like you, we carry burdens from racism, white supremacy, sexism, and more. We have to show one another love. Remember, the rise of Black Americans requires the rise of all Black people, including women, children, the poor, and our LGBTQ fam.
Step 3: Uplift Black people with compassion and an open mind, rather than criticism and hate.
There’s not really much to explain for this step: If you really cared for your people like you say you do, then stop dividing us into categories based on who is worthy of respect and who isn’t. You don’t uplift people with shallow judgment. You uplift with conversations. If you really love Black people, then show it.
Black men, I love you and will ride for you. Please show the same sentiments.
PS- Now, I know name-calling is not polite. No matter how fitting the name is, I won’t really be using it. It gives such a powerful symbol (the ankh) a bad name by associating it with a negative concept. But I did want to bring to light a problem in the Black community.
PPS- I also heard “Shea Butter Bitches” is the female equivalent.
Sources (I learned of the concept “Ankh N*gga” from Black Tumblr):