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Interracial Relationships: A Walking Death?

The real threat to White supremacy is healthy Black couples and families. Which is why society and media push interracial and LGBT relationships on Blacks while the White elites stay away from such relationships. The powers that be want to destroy self-esteem and determination in the Black community. That’s how white supremacy works.

Whispers of a Womanist

Just the other day, social media acquainted me with an image that I found rather disturbing. Oddly, the picture probably proved innocuous to most and sweet to others. The picture displayed a black woman alongside her boyfriend. While he appeared to eschew the camera gaze, she beamed with pride. I scrolled to a few other (recent) pictures that contained this male—seemingly her boyfriend. She embodied the contemporary casing that accompanies many black women, a head full of someone else’s hair, makeup and stylish clothing. Interestingly, every picture displayed a different hairstyle, that while overtly varying from the prior picture, commonly veiled her natural hair with inauthentic textures and or hair color. The pictures with this male and the selfies are obviously staged, existing to evoke envy and discount any question pertaining to this woman’s desirability. This profile disturbed me not only because of its ostentation, but the insecurity that lies beneath…

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Black Oscar Nominations: Talking Points and Tokenism

That’s so true. Which is precisely why I don’t watch those award shows at all.

Whispers of a Womanist

Following my post on black beauty, I received a comment that referenced the number of black nominees for the upcoming Oscars. It then became obvious to me that these black nominees surfaced for this very reason—to occupy a point of reference in contemporary conversations about race. Despite racism bearing a persistent presence in western culture, whites and unconscious persons of color intertwine black nominees as a shallow straw man and irrelevant deflection to eschew racial realities. Thus, in examining the contemporary influx of black bodies garnering acknowledgment in the form of white accolades, it becomes obvious that this acknowledgment occurs out of strategy, not generosity. This strategy is not to celebrate blackness, but to celebrate whiteness through black bodies.

Contemporary society gloats of its abundant and diverse portrayals yet all contemporary portrayals function to validate myths surrounding blackness. Moonlight, for example follows a young black male’s journey from outcast to…

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From Michelle to Melania: Femininity, Race and White Supremacy

Thank you. I’m sick of feminists coddling Melania like she’s a victim when they were not there when the former First Lady Michelle Obamaand her daughters were assaulted by the racist media.

Whispers of a Womanist

The morning after the 2008 election, I had an American Literature class with a white professor at a historically black university. This professor would prove drastically inferior to the brilliant black minds to which my education would acquaint me. He also proved consistently discouraging, seizing every opportunity to belittle the writing of a small class filled entirely with young black women. The morning following the election he spent a large portion of our fifty minute class condescendingly addressing the Obamas, treating a black family occupying the White House as many regarded the 2005 blackout. The most resonant of his comments some nine years later were the comments he made regarding Michelle Obama–namely the facial expression he wore when he called her victory dress ugly. Although he spoke of her dress, it was obvious that he regarded the black female body that was then the First Lady with a similar disgust…

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Something New

This is a brilliant post.

Abagond

“Something New” (2006) is a Hollywood film starring Sanaa Lathan and Simon Baker about a black woman, Kenya McQueen, who has a love affair with a white man, Brian Kelly. Alfre Woodard plays her mother; Blair Underwood appears as the Ideal Black Man.

I started watching it but fell asleep. It was not believable:

  1. She is a high-powered accountant, he is a landscaper.
  2. There is no chemistry: they do not seem like they are in love – or even in like. In fact, there seems to be a certain coldness and distance between them.

The other day I watched it all the way through. I was right about the lack of chemistry, but his being a landscaper, I now see, was necessary for the story.

“The Princess and the Commoner” might be a better name: she is from black high society and falls in love with an ordinary man…

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RACISM AND SEXISM: BLACK PEOPLE, THEY ARE NOT MUTALLY EXCLUSIVE

BEAUTIFUL, ALSO, ARE THE SOULS OF MY BLACK SISTERS

“Speak, so you can speak again.”

Zora Neale Hurston

In the Black American neighborhoods around the United States of America, racism is considered the ultimate end-all-be-all as to what harms the Black community.

Discussions on racism hold paramount interest among both Black women and Black men.

Yes, racism has caused destruction against Black people for over four centuries.

With the election of Donald Trump, racism has been given a legitimacy it has not seen since the times of Ben “Pitchfork” Tillman, Coleman Blease, James K. Vardaman, Walter Ashby Plecker, and George Wallace.

Racism has left in place the vestiges of white racist hate of Black people.

Many Black people are quick to discuss and attack racism in the form of the decimation it has caused in Black communities across this nation as a result of restrictive covenants, racial Jane Crow segregation, race-based slavery, FHA loan discrimination, redlining, gerrymandering——to name just…

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Welcome to Native American Heritage Month 2016

I love this post!

Abagond

nodapl #NoDAPL protests, 2016.

Welcome to Native American Heritage Month, which in the US is in November. During this month I try to do some posts having to do with Native America, particularly that of the US.

Here is my current working list of possible posts, listed in alphabetical order. There is no way I can do them all in a  month. I will be thrilled if I get ten of them done. If you have a suggestion, please add it in the comments below.

  • Aleut prison camps
  • Algonquian languages
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Attawapiskat First Nation
  • Aztecs
  • Bartolome de Las Casas
  • Cherokee Freedmen
  • Choctaws
  • Columbian Exchange
  • Crazy Horse
  • Dakota Access Pipeline (#NoDAPL)
  • Dead Indian Land
  • Doctrine of Discovery
  • Eastern Woodland
  • Leonard Peltier
  • Lumbee
  • maize
  • Manhattan: the 1500s
  • Manhattan: the 1600s
  • Mayan calendar
  • Munsee
  • Native Americans and police brutality
  • North America: the last 13,000 years
  • Pine Ridge Reservation
  • Seminoles
  • Two Spirit
  • UN Declaration on the…

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Zoot Suit Riots

Abagond

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The Zoot Suit Riots (1943) took place in Los Angeles and lasted for about a week. It started out as fighting between White US servicemen and pachucos, Mexican Americans who wore zoot suits. But soon Mexican, Black and Filipino Americans were being beat up whether they wore zoot suits or not. And Whites, some of them off-duty policemen, were helping the servicemen. Amazingly, no one was killed.

Zoot suits had a long jacket, wide lapels and baggy trousers with tight cuffs (pictured below). They were sometimes worn with a long chain and a wide-brimmed hat. It was a Black American fashion that soon became a Mexican American one.

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Pachucos were Mexican Americans who wore zoot suits, listened to jazz, had their own slang, hairstyles, dances and so on. Their female counterparts were pachucas. Like many youth subcultures, it offered them an oppositional identity counter to their (square Mexican) parents and the (racist Anglo American) mainstream.

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