Black & Female
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"Is it me or can it be I am a little too friendly?
Cause I supply creativity
Only to make an enemy
Which results in an unfortunate destiny
They dog me out Then be next to me
Just cause Im what others choose to ENVY."
Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopez
This was such an important line to me. They never once used Angela as a black stereotype but they didn’t try to erase her identity as a black woman either. Nor did they make her being the black girl the only thing about her. She was quirky, wrote poetry, colored her hair and she cried. She was in equal measures strong and vulnerable. She was desired, full of insecurity and confidence. The only time any of the usual stereotypical TV troops about black women were brought into play they were used in a satirical way to make fun of how little the characters around her knew about being a Woc because they weren’t Woc and even then there was no hostility or alienation on either parts. Angela was a complex black girl, with complex relationships and a realistic personality/sense of identity and her character was just really important to me.
In 1923, Rosewood was a primarily Black town in Florida. One day a White woman living in a nearby town had been beaten and robbed. Afraid they would find the real attacker who was her husband, she told police and her town residents that it was a Black man. Immediately a mob of White men and women took to the streets to find the so called attacker. The first Black Man they ran into was Sam Carter. He was tortured relentlessly until he admitted to participating in the White woman’s attack. After being forced to admit something he did not do, they shot him in the head in front of his wife. This was not enough and they continued their reign of terror. The mob traveled across town killing and burning down any and everything they saw in their sight. They burned houses, stores, and almost all the BLACK CHURCHES. Eventually the Black town residents had enough and they began to fight back but this did not amount to much because the Mob had grown too big. The most disturbing event of the entire standoff was the murder of a 4 year old Black girl. As the little girl lay over her mother’s dead body crying, two members of the white mob grabbed her by her ankles and threw her into a nearby burning building. Days later after the town was deserted and things calmed down, the mob returned to check for survivors and burn anything else they had missed. The Rosewood Massacre is something that is rarely spoken of these days. Over 150 Black Residents were killed; many of their bodies found hanging from trees. Very few of the Black Residents managed to escape and others would never return to the land they had spent their whole lives developing. White people have committed the most atrocious acts the world could ever imagine against Black people. Don’t ever let them convince you to forget.
As Paul Mooney would say “I was born yesterday BUT I stayed up all night GODDAMNIT! “
E U R O P E AINT NO CONTINENT!
European’s have been segregating themselves from everyone else for centuries now. Why? To uphold White supremacy. Reasons? Genetic survival. Europeans are actually a minority on earth. Now you can’t have the majority Europeans mixing with colored people because that would eliminate whiteness. That’s breaking number one rules of white supremacy. You must be white.
Calling Europe a continent contradicts the definition of what is it to be a continent. I’m guessing it was a political move made to keep White separate from the rest of the world. Learn to think critically, be skeptic, and don’t just accept what you have been taught.
This is my favorite quote by X . This should be posted next to at least one mirror in EVERY household of any POC(person of color). Ya be thinking ya #winning ya not doing anything but trying to fit in. 😐 #malcolmxday
The Black Labor movement has remained in the shadows of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. The erasure of the labor unions role in civil rights is most apparent when The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom Unions is simply referred to as the March on Washington. However, Black membership played an important role in both struggles and ensuring better livelihoods for Blacks.
CLR James said, “The Negroes, due to their place as the most oppressed section of the labor force and their sense of national oppression, have always shown themselves on the whole exceptionally ready to join the forces of organized labor”. Unionization has historically produced higher wagers for black workers. Sadly, African American unionizing efforts consistently met with resistance from both employers and from existing white unions. Black workers who attempted to organize themselves for a better livelihood faced not only loss of employment and being blacklisted, but also faced being victims to violent actions by the police, militia, and vigilante groups.