Okay Amanda Seales, but your race and gender analysis with no class analysis is inherently anti-Black

Sometimes, we just wish our faves would stop talking. Today was one of those days.

Early on Monday morning, Insecure actress and comedienne Amanda Seales (who I have long applauded for her seeming wokeness on race and gender and who we have also covered for her accomplishments) posted a thread of tweets that left many folks wondering exactly what her intentions were.

In the tweets, Seales commented on the spending habits of people who buy “Jordans and Nike Suits” but are “sleeping on an air mattress” among other things. And, on one side of her economic analysis, she put those people in the “losing” column. Continue reading “Okay Amanda Seales, but your race and gender analysis with no class analysis is inherently anti-Black”

Why I will no longer use my unpaid labor to discuss race in America with white people

It seems whenever I’m on social media talking with other Black people about issues facing our community, there is always a gaggle of white people surveilling those interactions. I rarely engage them when they interject, address me without my consent, or demand answers to questions that The Google could remedy in moments. Undoubtedly, when I refuse to engage them, they ask: “Are you saying you won’t talk to me about race because I’m white?”

Yes, sometimes I am saying that.

Sometimes, it is also because I — as an autonomous human person — am not required to interact with anyone in any form if I so choose. This is another concept they cannot seem to grasp.

But, this question — which is intentionally obtuse and uncritical — is usually meant to paint me as some bigoted miscreant incapable of real dialogue or unwilling to listen to valuable critique. It also doesn’t get at the fact that most white people are uniquely unqualified to discuss the conditions facing non-white people in the United States.

The reasons why are not too complicated to understand. Continue reading “Why I will no longer use my unpaid labor to discuss race in America with white people”

It’s even harder to watch ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ when you know Black women’s history

“I love you. Mommy loves you, Charlotte.”

I watched a character named “Ofwarren” speak those words to a rosey-cheeked baby before jumping from a bridge. She was attempting to end her own life. Ofwarren survived the plunge into the cold waters below. Yet, the image of a mother willing to die, and kill her own child, made the scene especially powerful. Continue reading “It’s even harder to watch ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ when you know Black women’s history”

It’s time to stop trying to integrate ‘SNL’

Saturday Night Live is what happens when white people enjoy something that’s anti-Black, systematically bigoted, and generally exclusionary to non-whites. SNL producers thought that throwing in a few Black people who we hoped had home-training would fix it. Because that’s not how white supremacy works. It took me a while to put all that together though.

Continue reading “It’s time to stop trying to integrate ‘SNL’”

Why mass media’s fixation on respectability is killing Black and Brown people

Jordan Edwards, 15, was killed on Saturday night while riding in a car with friends. The teenager was unarmed and was not suspected of any crime. Yet, police authorities in Balch Springs, a suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth, fired into the vehicle anyway. They struck Edwards in the head, killing him.

It is no question that Edwards’s death is a tragedy. That much can be deduced without any additional information about his life or the conditions of his death. Continue reading “Why mass media’s fixation on respectability is killing Black and Brown people”

As An Overweight Queer Black Woman, I Need More From ‘This Is Us’

Let me start by saying this: I am neither trying to be contrarian nor attempting to get clicks. I actually really truthfully don’t understand the mass appeal of NBC’s new hit show This is Us. In fact, I find much of the show alienating and undermining of what it means to be Black and/or woman and/or overweight and/or queer in the United States today. Continue reading “As An Overweight Queer Black Woman, I Need More From ‘This Is Us’”

Trump and Our Limited Imagination Of The Depths Of Ain’t-Sh*ttedness

Donald Trump ain’t sh*t. He ain’t never been sh*t. And he never will be sh*t.

Most of us already knew that so his recent leaked video (where explains that “when you’re a star [women] let you do anything” including “grabbing them by the pussy“) wasn’t a total shocker.

Not only that, his ominous stalker behavior at the second presidential debate, his frequent interjections of the moderators, and even him calling Hillary Clinton the “devil” weren’t new. In fact, it was lowkey expected that he would rely on bombastic behavior, intimidation, and child-like disruptions to establish his hyper-masculinity and overbearing presence on such a grand stage. Continue reading “Trump and Our Limited Imagination Of The Depths Of Ain’t-Sh*ttedness”

Ben & Jerry’s Supports Black Lives Matter Whether It’s Popular Or Not

Anyone who reads my writing knows that I am pretty stringently anti-corporatist. For moral, ethical, and philosophical reasons, I do my best to avoid companies who have known human rights disputes, public failures to take responsibility for the ways they contribute to the exploitation of marginalized people, and ongoing issues with honesty, fairness, and justice for their lower level employees. Ben & Jerry’s isn’t one of the corporations. Continue reading “Ben & Jerry’s Supports Black Lives Matter Whether It’s Popular Or Not”