"I occasionally try not to rant on here quite as often for I do not want to be labelled as socially (media) insane. However, my cup of patience can only fill up so much until I have to empty it before it grows into fucking cancer and kills me inside out.
A message to my white folks: imagine a world, in which wearing a skinny jeans with some Jordan’s, or perhaps some baggy (sagging) jeans with some Nikes, a braided hair, few chains and an handkerchief means you were a responsible successful person on their way to or from greatness… of course that would be hell now wouldn’t it?
See the good thing about white privilege is how you do not get to see just how your design of your historical heritage and cultural attire (either modern or past) to be held up to the standard as classical, formal, or as now called “responsible” affects the cultures of the rest of the world.
A message to my black folks: imagine a world in which wearing suits and tie, with some Versace attire; maybe a dress shoe, signifies that one is a young man on their to success or from it… wait, we are already living that imagination.
We are told to dress up formal for event, as thou the way we dress on a regular basis is not good enough. In order to honour the white respectability that we must uphold (as people of colour); you decided that the only way to empower me was by shattering everything that I currently am (by asking me to leave my “thug self” at the door), to construct everything that you see of “me” becoming. How can you empower me, when “me” is not good enough for you? What “me” is there to empower, if me was never allowed to cross the gate with you to begin with?
They say “don’t play the victim”…. Tell that to trevour martins, to martin luther and malcom x. after that, I want you to look at every person of colour that have had to and still has to work 4 times harder just be viewed equally as the next white person. If that’s not enough, tell that, to the black youths whose chances of landing a decent part-time job is just as similar to that of a white youth whose been on felony record…
so I am sorry If I cannot “play” the victim. Because when one plays, one can always stop and take a break. I cannot “play” the victim because, it is not a role from which I can step into and out of, the victim is who I have been, and it is who I am!”
- Tress Idehen.
"White slaves masters raped black women and turned their backs on their offspring. They are the original dead beat dads."
Someone finally spoke the truth !!!
can you say Thomas Jefferson and everyone of his co signers of the declaration of so called independence. yeah independence for who ?
Not so fun fact: those signers were so hounded by the fact that they kept slaves that many of them bent over backwards to justify keeping slaves, including pointing out cranial structures and cultural differences. They were claiming black people to be subhuman so that they could claim they wanted freedom while still keeping slaves.
"I have gotten one question repeatedly from young men. These are guys who liked the book, but they are honestly confused. They ask me why Melinda was so upset about being raped.
The first dozen times I heard this, I was horrified. But I heard it over and over again. I realized that many young men are not being taught the impact that sexual assault has on a woman. They are inundated by sexual imagery in the media, and often come to the (incorrect) conclusion that having sex is not a big deal. This, no doubt, is why the number of sexual assaults is so high."
Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak, on the question “Have any readers ever asked questions that shocked you?”
Read that again. Read it again, and again, and again. Over and over guys have asked her why Melinda was so upset about being raped. This is a girl who went to a party with friends. She was thirteen. She had a drink, because everyone else was. And a senior held her down and raped her while she was too drunk to get away.
And guys don’t understand why she was upset.
Read that again and then come back and tell me again why I should just shut up and take a joke when a comedian blows off rape as a big deal, or women’s bodies are casually treated as commodities in media. Remind me why I shouldn’t care about the very real harm that society’s treatment of women and sexual assault does.