lol I hate white men
I love when white people say things like race doesn’t matter/we’re all humanz! etc. because it’s pretty much implying that my race is a negative and that you’re okay pretending I’m as good as a white person
also he’s 5’ 6” sry even if you weren’t a cumstain you’re short as fuck and height means everything to me
Yes, I could always tell my race mattered to someone messaging me on OKC because they always brought it up that it “didn’t matter.” Uh, way to give yourself up dude. If it didn’t matter YOU WOULDNT HAVE MENTIONED IT.
I asked white dude who was trying to holla at me if he’s ever dated a non-white woman and she said “No, but that kind of stuff doesn’t bother me.” I didn’t ask if it bothered him, I simply asked if he has. I wanted to know because being Native is a huge part of my identity and I don’t want to date someone who’s going to dismiss that and at best “not be bothered” by it.
Fuck all this shades of gray shit. Why is it that they only know to highlight the differences or ignore it? They don’t know anything in between such as respecting my culture as a part of who I am.
Amiri Baraka (Blues People: Negro Music in White America)
So after only a few generations in the United States an almost completely different individual could be born and be rightly called an American Negro.
That last sentence is so key to me. It also one of the primary reasons why I get so heated by Black Americans’ appropriation of any and all African cultures in addition to constantly steeping on and other Africans and what they should do in their own countries because they believe all opinions about anything happening in the continent are equal because they belong to the African Diaspora.
It’s also why while I would never pretend that I’m not part of the African Diaspora, I never classify myself as African. I say this as someone who has an entire half of his family from the Caribbean (and I mean that like my father and his sisters were the first to be born in the US) and maintains a lot of the aforementioned Africanisms.
Wouldn’t this also mean that then we have a distinct form that can also be appropriated from? And I think it is true in many aspects but one might argue about the degrees of those losses. I mean I find it interesting this is very much about a complete stripping of identity and connection and a creation of something new and it became something totally different, wasnt expecting that. I’m wondering which negroes we talkin about
This is why treading carefully is so important.
Treating Black Americans trying to reconnect to the African parts of their heritage the same as you would a White person wearing an indigenous war bonnet feels off.
That’s not to say I’m on board with those ankh-wearing types. No, no, dear God, no.
However, prescribing a unilateral approach for all Black Americans about how to connect with what is African about themselves raises a lot of questions about the legacy of slavery. I feel deeply uncomfortable with the idea that Black Americans are simply shit out of luck when it comes to attempting to reclaim what was taken from us by slavery in the US.
Thats what it seems like. Completely. Shit out of luck. Just shut up and sit down. My whole thing is why did you use a Black American man to make this point? He wasn’t talking about it in that way, I am pretty sure. And his generation, Amiri Baraka, which is someone who has plenty of ideas I am sure I do NOT agree with (hows that for Black American monolith?) has different reasons for being on that shit than our generations. Like, my dad’s generation looking to Africa for a place of identity and home existed because things such as segregation and busing and blatant aggressive racism were being hurled at the left and right. The desire to know more about your roots, to forge an identity out of what some perceive as nothingness, was a big deal at the time. And let’s not forget one of the biggest Back to Africa supporters was not Black American, but JAMAICAN. So now, where are these ankhtified kids of my generation? These pluck and pick from the huge continent of Africa kids? Cause the Black American kids I know aren’t looking to Africa for shit anymore. In fact, we don’t have enough education about Africa to look towards it for something we are apart of constantly. And this is my experience, but yea.
And I think you and Jayvin hit on something real too. Appropriation is the theft of a cultural item and using it for self-fulfillment. But it’s also a genocide victory dance. It’s a we destroyed and crushed you and now we are going to wear you clothes and use your customs while ridiculing you for the doing the same. We have no enacted a cultural or real genocide on African peoples ever. We are the descendants and recipients of genocide as Black Americans and formerly enslaved peoples descendants. It is different even from those who come here and use our cultural art forms and forms of speech and STILL CLAIM WE HAVE NO CULTURE. Asian kids, white kids, Latino kids and Black kids not from the U.S. appropriate from a culture they believe is amazing and yet, not worthy of being called a culture. And I think that someone who is in that position grasping for something that is considered cultured and part of something real, there are totally different dynamics. Longing to fill a whole and crushing the defeated into the dirt are two different things. Appropriation is the latter. While I think plenty of Black Americans have misguided ideas on the continent and some who do steal from cultures who aren’t there’s, is this the majority of us? Since when has Black Americans been synonymous with fake ankh wearing dashiki and kente clothe stealing niggas? Is that all we is now lol? Cause trust, the majority of Black Americans I know aint checkin for none of that. Even if we don’t think we have our own, we often aren’t coming for yours.
Martin Luther King Jr. (via loveinfamine)
The Martin Luther King Jr. White people never quote