Why #BoycottBeyonce is Racist

9 Feb

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Dear white people,

We’re tired of your anti-Black antics.

Some of you seem to think that celebrating Blackness is anti-American.

 Spoiler alert: It isn’t.

Are you mad that Beyoncé came hella Black at the Super Bowl? Are you mad that her backup dancers’ outfits paid homage to the Black Panthers? Does it really “grind your gears” that she mentioned her baby’s nappy hair?

Unsurprisingly, you are the same bunch that calls peaceful protestors “thugs” and “rioters.” You’re the same people that got behind #AllLivesMatter and #BlueLivesMatter (Side note: how can both “all lives” and “blue lives” both matter at the same time? Doesn’t #BlueLivesMatter sound just as exclusionary as you say #BlackLivesMatter is?)

Anyways, cut the crap.

Y’all hate on anything that celebrates Blackness, including Black History Month, the Natural Hair Movement, #BlackGirlMagic, scholarships for Black people, and Black Michael Jackson.

Can’t you understand that everything is NOT for you? You already have the Oscars, white-washed Egyptian casts, the next presidency, white privilege, Stacey Dash, and most of the other months of the year.

Beyoncé’s performance was not for you. It was for Black History Month, for the anniversary of the Black Panther Party, for a celebration of Blackness, and much more.

In a society where Black people have been looked upon as second-class citizens, where politicians do nothing about our issues, where our justice system fails to acknowledge the loss of our innocent lives to their establishment, we continue to prosper. We collectively slay with #BlackGirlMagic and we continue to seek justice and equality despite all roadblocks. So excuse us if we feel like twerking celebratory when Beyoncé says she keeps hot sauce in her purse.

And if you can’t handle us celebrating our blackness, you may want to ask yourself why blackness is so offensive to you. You may need to consider why everything has to be the “white way” in order for you to accept it. You may want to look at why you always have to make your whiteness a priority.

And ask yourself: Why am I a racist?

It’s 2016, y’all. If you don’t want progress in our nation, which includes the advancement of people of color, then you sound like the anti-American ones to me.

Because people like me want better for our country. We want to expose and demolish racist systems of oppression. We want to feel like equal American citizens. We know that may take a while.

But if you all would collectively back away from your keyboards and cease the movement of your tongues, it’ll only take a few minutes for you #BoycottBeyonce assholes to STFU.

Now excuse me while I get in formation.

Get in Formation

Celebrate Black History Month With These Quick Reads

2 Feb

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Happy Black History Month!

If you’re like me, you celebrate Black history, present, and future all year. But February is special because the rest of the nation celebrates with us.

Though we all know Stacey Dash will be right around the corner with self-hating, Faux News check-cashing, moronic antics about how celebrating black people is racist *rolls eyes*, we’ll celebrate anyways.

I have a few articles in my editorial calendar to publish for the month of February (Yes, I’m back to blogging regularly), but I had to lead with this link-roundup. Here are some of AWW’s top Black History Month Posts:

So You Haven’t Heard of Afrofuturism?

So you haven’t yet heard of Afrofuturism?

AFROFUTURISM

Please, allow me to upgrade your life to a plateau of awesomeness where time travel is the norm, Androids reign supreme, and Janelle Monáe happily twerks in the mirror wearing, of course, black and white.

Picture a cultural meta-genre that encompasses some of the most incredible artists, musicians, entertainers, filmmakers, philosophers, and scholars—an aesthetic where Octavia Butler, Grace Jones, Janelle Monáe, W.E.B. Dubois, Will Smith, Michael Jackson, and Erykah Badu all take center stage with a common inspiration. Read more…

7 Unexpected Travel Destinations to Learn About the African Diaspora

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After studying abroad in Argentina for several months where black people are few and far between and the porteños point, stare, and want to touch your skin because it’s much darker than their own, I was desperate to find a face that looked like mine. There weren’t many in Buenos Aires, other than the study abroad students like myself and a few Brazilians here and there. However, I did find blackness in the mammy figurines in a few restaurant kitchen windows. This made me curious about the countries past and relationship with people of African descent. Read more…

Uncovering Black History in a Seemingly White Nation

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On a jog one morning through the streets of Buenos Aires, where I’d been studying abroad, I caught a glimpse of a small black figure in the window of a bakery. I stopped and stared into the window for a while, until one of the workers in the shop came to see what the problem was. I couldn’t explain it to her, because I didn’t think she would have fully understood my feelings of shock and disappointment about the figure. Other than the two I’d traveled to Buenos Aires with, that ceramic mammy was the only black face I’d seen in weeks. Read more…

My Top 10 Novels for Black History Month

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(Written by incredible women writers)

1.      Beloved (Toni Morrison)

This Nobel Prize winning novel touches on issues of stereotypes in the media, a mothers’ limitless love, and the dehumanizing aspects of middle passage and slavery. A desperate mother slays her daughter in an attempt to escape her slave master; however, the daughter never dies. Her ghost rises and takes on human form to haunt the town. Trust me: “This is not a story to pass on.” Read more…

Enjoy Black History Month.

Photo courtesy of Enokson Flckr.

7 Unexpected Travel Destinations to Learn About the African Diaspora

12 Jan

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After studying abroad in Argentina for several months where black people are few and far between and the porteños point, stare, and want to touch your skin because it’s much darker than their own, I was desperate to find a face that looked like mine. There weren’t many in Buenos Aires, other than the study abroad students like myself and a few Brazilians here and there. However, I did find blackness in the mammy figurines in a few restaurant kitchen windows. This made me curious about the countries past and relationship with people of African descent.

Since then, when traveling to a new place, I’m always on the lookout for black history. Whether we see immigrants, descendants of slaves or historical artifacts, black travelers can land on almost any continent and find hints of people of African descent.

Here are a few unlikely places to look… read more here. 

Hey friends. This post was originally published on Blavity. Read the rest there.

This post was originally published on Blavity, read the full text there. Hope you enjoy!
Photo courtesy of  Whatsername? via flickr.

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