Black Bodies.

Assimilation throughout the nation so we’re called the melting pot, but I refuse to change so my skin becomes a cave.  I hide behind it- my walls covered in images. Stick figures of our ancestors, their words etched in our brains, such beautiful things in caves called black bodies. A cave, A den holding within these metaphysical representations of what it means to have a black body. Not through the weathering of rock, but the deterioration of spirit have these black caverns formed, and these ebony hollows came to be. These sable grottoes have come to represent me and you and yes it is true that my black body is the safest yet most dangerous home that I have ever known. The biggest contradiction that I have ever lived in is my existence. It is my skin. It is this cave I have come to love called a black body. 

I know it has been quite some time since I uploaded, so I apologize for keeping you all waiting. I’ve been busy with school, midterms, homecoming week etc. and I didn’t want post some half written post that my heart wasn’t in, but I won’t keep you all waiting any longer. With that being said, today I would like to talk to you all about accepting that your blackness as an integral part of your existence and not allowing people to disrespect it because as Ivory Toldson once said, “Black people need Black people who believe in Black people enough not to believe every bad thing they hear about Black people.”

So lately, I have seen an abundance of coonery all over twitter and down my timeline. I’m not really sure what lab the government created this large ass population of black Trump supporters in, (I think the same one as the misogynistic black men who insist on “hate fucking” white women) but I would like a recall…on both. Now, I do understand that black people are allowed to have differing political views, but in no way should that include ones detrimental to our existences. I shouldn’t have to clarify, but “differing views” should not include ones with anti-black (Also known as anti-yourself dumb ass.) sentiments. In the words of my history professor, “All skin folk ain’t kin folk”. So with this random emergence of self-hating “brothas and sistas”, I think that it is important to call out this self-destruction and hopefully save the rest of us from this off-brand version of Get Out.

First, if you are ANY  person supporting a man who makes statements such as, “You know, it doesn’t really matter what the media writes as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass” – a blatant objectification of women (one of his many),  you need to reevaluate yourself.  If you support a man who time and again has disrespected minorities, you need to think deeply about the way you are perpetuating self hatred. That isn’t a difference in politics. It’s a difference in morals. If you can knowingly support a person who says “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you… they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with  us. they’re bringing drugs. They’re bring crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” along with other derogatory statements towards minorities, you should take a hard look in the mirror. If you have to be ashamed about the person you’re supporting, maybe you should reevaluate your “political stance”. But, since I can already hear the people screaming, “those aren’t about black people.”, let us not forget that “He had a history of making racist comments as a New York real-estate developer in the 1970s and ‘80s. More recently, his political rise was built on promulgating the lie that the nation’s first black president was born in Kenya. ” which negated his citizenship as an attempt to discredit him prior to his election in 2016. how he “treated black employees at his casinos differently from whites, according to multiple sources. A former hotel executive said Trump criticized a black accountant: ‘Black guys counting my money! I hate it. … I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault, because laziness is a trait in blacks.’ ” (The New York Times). He was also reluctant to “disavow” the KKK after receiving their endorsement, called some white supremacists in Charlottesville “very fine people”.  Shall I go on? As a matter of fact, I’ll just leave you with a link to the rest:

 

But anyway, as you vote or as go about in your daily life, please remember to support candidates (and people) who support you. Your black is beautiful. Do not EVER let someone tell you otherwise. It is something to be cherished, and an important part of what makes you…you. So to support someone who degrades you and it is a problem. To be in favor of someone who disrespects your existence is delusional. Don’t be delusional. To support the person who oppresses you is to be content with a repressive system. Support leaders who “respect existence or expect resistance.” Support people who see the value in your culture, and who want to do their best to help it thrive. Support leaders who like Issa Rae, are “rooting for everybody black.” Support leaders who see black bodies as not only a beautiful “cave” but as something worth fighting for.

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