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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Unpopular opinion: Why I will never rally around black men

This may cause a lot of people to come on here and bash me, but I don't care. I can't tell you the amount of times I scroll across things like this daily, on any part of the internet, but specifically social media. As soon as I log on some black man (and even other black women) are posting things mocking dark skin black women, bashing dark skin black women, or treating black women like subhumans.

It's so frustrating because when you post comments like these to other black women, they bring out the herd and come for your throat like "Don't be talking about my black kangz", yet these same black women can "One and done" a black woman for the most pettiest of things. I'm sick of it. I'm sick of this shit either being ignored, supported or not made a public issue.

 This whole movement is not stopping things like this from existing. And please with all due respect, don’t mention to me“Not all” in the comments because I don’t care to be honest with you. It’s far too many I can tell you that. I made sure to circle the date so you all can see that this stuff is recent.

And peep the brotha with the blacklivesmatter screename. These are the men of your black power movement, these are the men you bust your ass to defend in the streets, even putting your own life in danger. What color are the women who started the blacklivesmatter movement? I told you all black men only care about themselves. And most of these men bashing dark skin black women are dark skin too, but you all drool over them and put them on a pedestal. I'd be arrogant too, if I had it like them.

What was even more pathetic where the black women laughing and finding it funny.

The Meechie guy was horrible. Within the comments I saw a few brown/dark women laughing, and some light skin women cosign. I just shook my head, where’s the solidarity. Peep Jr Patchy Strokes she’s really enjoying it.

BLACK MEN DO NOT CARE FOR BLACK WOMEN. BLACK PEOPLE DON'T CARE FOR BLACK WOMEN. Simple as that. You're sitting up here doing all of this shit for nothing, for a group of people who clearly don't give a damn about you. Get it together black women, wake up!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Checking in!

Hello guys, promise to be more active on this blog. I don't like Christelyn but recently she's been producing some decent posts that are spot on. I just normally scan over the one's filled with respectability politicis, classism, sexism and misogyny. But I'll post the tolerable one's.

Also Forharriet has been posting some decent articles. I have to play catch up lol. Also I want to talk about everything else too, stay tuned loyal followers!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Harriet Tubman wins Unofficial vote to be on $20 dollar bill!!!

This is huge, not only because she's black, not because she's a woman, but because she's a black woman. A black woman will be the face on our money. Considering how black women are often left out of black history lectures within and outside of our community, THIS IS A BIG DEAL! Harriet would be proud if she could see this history being talked about. I hope this happens, I will be praying in my sleep for it to happen.

Harriet Tubman Wins Unofficial Vote to Be on $20 Bill


The people have spoken — at least, the people who cast ballots in an unofficial "Women on 20s" campaign — and more than 100,000 voters want to see Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill instead of Andrew Jackson.
Tubman, the abolitionist who helped free slaves on the Underground Railroad, on Tuesday was declared the winner of an online poll, part of a petition aimed at convincing the Treasury Department to put a new face on the $20 — and specifically a female one.
All U.S. paper money currently features the portraits of men.
Tubman narrowly edged out former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt in the final round of voting, with civil rights icon Rosa Parks rounding out third place.
The announcement drew cheers at one Laguna Beach, California, elementary school. "There are no words," said fifth-grader London. "I was just too excited that I couldn't breathe - I almost started crying," she added.
A classmate added: "When you really think about it, there's a lot of famous women for a lot of different things, like the four candidates we had. And Tina Fey."
The campaign, launched earlier this year, has gone viral online, and more than 600,000 people selected candidates during two rounds of voting, with the visitors from all 50 states checking out the website.
The "Women on 20s" movement hopes to put pressure on President Obama to change U.S. currency, though it's ultimately up to the Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to make the call.
A spokesperson for the Treasury told NBC News Tuesday, "There are a number of interesting currency ideas, but we do not have any comment on the specific campaign."
The founders of the campaign hope to put a woman's portrait on the $20 by 2020 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women gaining voting rights in the United States. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Do We Really Mean it When We Say #BlackLivesMatter?

In the past year, #BlackLivesMatter has evolved into more than just a social media hashtag. It has grown into a mantra that represents the impacts of a failure to come to terms and acknowledge a horrid past built upon racism, slavery, genocide, colonization, and forced assimilation. What was once just a hashtag has undergone a massive metamorphosis into a universal symbol and calling card that directly references a global pattern of  structural and cultural white privilege. That privilege allows a disproportionate amount of police brutality and political corruption towards minorities to go unpunished. Yet, there’s a trend concerning who gets coverage from #BlackLivesMatter.  It almost exclusively focuses on cis-hetero Black men, with little to no mention of Black women and Black LGBT communities, raising the question: when we say “lives” do we, as a community, really mean it? Or does the impact of sexism and gender roles strictly equate “lives” with straight black men?
Historically, the assumed victim of police brutality is a black man, which centers attempts at bridging racial gaps on that specific demographic, and  alienates Black women and Black LGBT.  Operation Ghetto Storm, a comprehensive list of extrajudicial killings of Black Americans in the 2012-2013 year, proves that the death and assaults of black women are not exceptional or a rarity–but yet it is rarely talked about on the same scale as the murders of black men.
In my research of articles referencing Operation Ghetto Storm only one, mentioned the death of a black woman at the hands of police. So while there is some information on police brutality and the affects it has on black women, it is not as comprehensive as the information on black men. On top of that, the information that is available is not frequently used, further endorsing the idea that state sanctioned violence strictly affects black men, ultimately putting black women in an even more oppressed and underrepresented position.
Beyond the death of black women, the roles they have in organizing black communities is glossed over. ‘Black Lives Matter’ itself began with two women. Living in the D.C. area, there is a hotbed of political conversations and political protests and in my experience, most of the protests aimed at putting a focus on black issues have been led by black women.  In a recent show of solidarity, on March 27, 2015 a group of women led a march to the gates of Mitch McConnell’s, the Senate Majority Leader, office demanding a reason why, Loretta Lynch, was at the time waiting for over four months to be sworn in before finally being sworn in on April 23, 2015.
However, we continually snub the trials faced by Black women due to intersectionalism– being not only black, but a woman in a dominant patriarchal culture that endorses strict dual gender cultural ideals that limit the role of a woman. And by disregarding the issue this way, the systematic degradation of black women and their worth,  makes it socially acceptable to lessen  our humanity.
The recent anger on social media over Rekia Boyd’s killer being dismissed of all charges has signaled a possible change in this narrow focus. However, the lack of massive protests following the social media outcry proves that it doesn’t change the fact that people are willing to express more anger and compassion over the injustices of men who are killed by law enforcement. Black women largely continue to receive no attention, no protests, no global outcry; our memories obscured and our livelihoods forgotten.
In the same vein, the coverage on LGBT lives is close to none. In America, 1 in every 8 transexual PoC will be murdered. That is a massive and disturbing number, combined with not only racial bias, but a homophobic culture that dehumanizes people of the LGBT communities. Whatever coverage trans PoC receive is overshadowed by insults and slurs that devalue the humanity of individuals who lived their truth. The names of Islan Nettles, who was beat to death right outside of a police station, Izzy Fowler and Yaz’min Shanc, amongst many others,  deserve as much attention as any other Black American, and are virtually unknown.
I believe social media is  one of the strongest tools against rampant injustice. It is how the world heard about Ferguson and multitude of others.  It’s why people in Palestine, China, and India stand with American minorities and how we too stand with the world in their trials. It is how we are able to see the continuing manifestation of what W.E.B DuBois once called the, “Color Line,” into a 21st century problem. In the end however, ignoring the influence of male privilege, patriarchal bias, and cultural ideals on gender roles has on #BlackLivesMatter is a failure to truly ensure that all Black lives are really valued equally. Picking and choosing whose life matters excludes others and is a dangerous hypocrisy that we as a minority group should never allow and cannot afford.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

"The revolution will be intersectional or it won’t be my revolution"

At what the website ForHarriet.com describes as Wednesday’s poorly attended New York rally for Rekia Boyd, a black woman was photographed with a sign that read: “The revolution will be intersectional or it won’t be my revolution.”-Jarvis DeBerry of Nola.com

She did her homework yall!!! Sistas like this make me proud. Demand reciprocity sistas!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Oh how surprised we are: Black man admits he never had the incentitive to blog about black female victims of police brutality

Are we shocked? Nah. And what's even sadder is that not only are some people just now finding out about Rekia Boyd, but she is not the only one, and it's pitiful people who have found out about her only know of her.

For Rekia Boyd and all the overlooked black women victims of the police: Jarvis DeBerry 


 By Jarvis DeBerry, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
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on April 24, 2015 at 2:47 PM 


My sophomore year in college, the Association of Black Students – on whose executive board I sat – invited to campus Bobby Seale and Eldridge Cleaver, two former leaders of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, a group founded in response to racist police brutality.
Twenty-five years after their heyday, both men had changed somewhat. Seale had entered the barbecue business and was certain we hadn't tasted anything quite like his sauce. Cleaver had become a conservative Republican, but because he never boarded his plane, we never got to ask him about his transformation.
But a question Seale was asked over breakfast caused him to explode. A woman in our group asked his opinion of "A Taste of Power," a memoir by former Panther chairwoman Elaine Brown that includes criticism of the Panthers' unrepentant sexism.
Seale leaned across the table and yelled: "She didn't tell you that she slept with Huey! Did she?!" (Huey P. Newton, founder of the Panthers.) "She didn't tell you that she wanted to sleep with ME! Did she?! And I told her, 'The Black Panther Party is not a place for penis and vagina games!'"
Or maybe it just wasn't the best place for those with vaginas.
Later that morning Seale gave a lecture that was among the most brilliant I've heard. He argued that no racial or ethnic community should be controlled, held down, by outside forces. "Power to the people!" The leader of Hillel, the Jewish campus organization, was left applauding Seale's speech even though, she told me, it had been her plan to hate it.
What to make of a man who can so passionately express the pain that's endemic to black American men but is seemingly oblivious – if not indifferent to – the pain felt by black American women?
What to make of this columnist? I have so often used this platform to express anger, sadness, outrage and frustration at the killings of unarmed black boys and men but have written next to nothing about the killings of their female counterparts. Why, until this moment, have I written nothing about Rekia Boyd, an unarmed black woman whose shooting death by a cop looks like it will go unpunished?
Boyd was innocent. She was unarmed. Her killer, off-duty Chicago police officer Dante Servin, said he told a group including Boyd to quiet down. He said he believed one of the four in that group – not Boyd – moved toward him with a gun. Prosecutors say Servin, from inside his car and from over his shoulder, fired five rounds at the group when they all had their backs turned. Boyd, 22, was struck in the head. The person Servin said had a gun had a cell phone.
Prosecutors charged Servin with involuntary manslaughter for the 2012 killing, but Chicago Judge Dennis Porter acquitted him Monday because, he said, involuntary manslaughter is defined as a "reckless" killing, and the officer fired his gun "intentionally." Porter said that "the crime, if any there be, is first-degree murder." That's a hell of a thing to say before letting a killer go.
You'd think that Boyd's killing would be as notorious as Trayvon Martin's and Michael Brown's. You'd think people would as upset at her killer not being convicted as they were at the officer who choked Eric Garner escaping indictment. But it's more likely that, before now, you haven't even heard Rekia Boyd's name.
At what the website ForHarriet.com describes as Wednesday's poorly attended New York rally for Rekia Boyd, a black woman was photographed with a sign that read: "The revolution will be intersectional or it won't be my revolution."
Black men shouldn't expect black women to get outraged about police wrongly killing black men if black men are mostly silent when the police wrongly kill black women. But black women have expressed outrage at black men's killings – even without that reciprocation.
HuffingtonPost, Bossip, Gawker and Salon are among several websites to list the names of black women killed by law enforcement. The list grows. This month we learned the details of Natasha McKenna's February death. The black woman with a history of mental illness was shocked four times with a stun gun after her hands and wrists were shackled and she was fitted with an anti-spitting mask.
But most of the anger has erupted in Baltimore where Freddie Gray, a black man, died of a spinal injury sustained while in police custody.
In a "A Taste of Power" Brown chose to critique the sexism of those ostensibly committed to black liberation. That same sexism can leave us blind to the taste of brutality that black women are getting from the police.