I wanted to share more of my thoughts and observations about racism with you here and encourage you to check out this piece I’ve written for a new online media project, Blk Grrrl. I actually wrote it over a month ago in response to the rise of racist violence and institutionalized violence, against Black people here in the U.S. often discussed around the human rights campaign #BlackLivesMatter
In looking back at this last year, I contemplate how this has impacted me my personal relationships and online relationships depending on how people in my life are or are not responding to this devastatingreality. I will be a regular contributor to this great project where Black women sharing the vast experience of what it is to be a Black girl. If you would be interested in contributing, go the website and contact Teka Lark Fleming.
We live in a country where white is the default; beauty is measured in standards defined by whiteness. Racial controversies can appear small, but are common place. Remember the racist backlash from white fans (largely millennials), when Amandla Stenberg, a young mixed race actress who plays Rue in The Hunger Games discussed race in her Tumblr video, “Don’t Cash Crop my Corn Rows”?
Social media racial backlash often gets brutally ugly —very quickly.
When these issues come up on my Facebook feed the “discussions” quickly turn into a battleground. Those discussions turn personal quickly and the argument becomes “I’m not racist,” or “This isn’t about racism.” People throw out that there is another reason, another way, another issue, but those reasons or issues are never racism.
White people don’t like to discuss racism unless they are assured that they are not racist. If you can’t give them that assurance, it is a problem.
WE are too sensitive.
WE Black folks are always making it about race…. [Continue Reading on Blk Grrrl]
Love and Light,