Greetings White people!
It is rare that we break the fourth wall and address you specifically on this site, but this year we would like to take a preemptive strike and address the elephant in the room before the nonsense begins. As we enter the month of October, once again we approach the season of your silly shenanigans and we have but one request of you:
Chill with the blackface this year.
As a person of color, I confess that it…
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From ages eleven and onwards, ninety-two percent of my relationships have been interracial and with mostly white and asian men.
When meeting family and friends for the first time, I always insist my partner inform their inner circle of my being Black prior to meeting, and be sure to pay the respect back in regards to them meeting my own.
From being asked by a curious little (fifteen-year-old) brother if there’s any truth behind Black Women having…
Dear White Feminism (aka, White Beckyism):
C’mere. Sit down. Sit.
You've got a lot of nerve showing up at inopportune times, fervently attempting to educate me on how to be your definition of a proper Woman of Color.
It's why you don't get a Christmas card in November with an invite to come home for the holidays. You can't sit with us; you don't even get a to-go plate (and you know we Black People take that to-go plate business…
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As society enters the utopia promised to us in old negro spirituals, the Bill of Rights and Martin Luther King’s dreams we are beginning to witness this country morphing into a true homogenous melting pot. While we are still a long way away from a post-racial America, neighborhoods across the country are evolving into multicultural mixtures of where white people play Spades, Black people listen to country music and everybody hates Donald Trump. Whether it is…Continue
If I had a nickel for all of the times someone told me, praised me, bullied me, “paid” me the ultimate insult-wrapped-in-a-complement of, and/or accused me of:
By Jacqueline-Elizabeth, AFROPUNK Contributor*
“Talking like a white girl”,
“Acting like a white girl”,
“Sounding like a white girl”,
“Having a 'white girl’ name”,
(Not being) “Like other BlackGirls”,…
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As the years go on, we lose our most brilliant Black minds in the way that we lose many of our family members--quietly and unassuming, but their absence inspires reflection. For many Black women who write, Gloria Naylor was a beacon, giving courage to write themselves and their truths in novels, poetry, and all forms of writing. The “Mama Day” and “Women of Brewster Place” author centered and elevated Black women to the high art we’ve always known them to be, and her…Continue
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Injustice Boycott is a brand new, long-term, nationwide economic boycott geared toward pivoting the historic wave of protests that has brought world-wide awareness about police brutality and systematic oppression towards creating political change. By harnessing, withholding, and re-directing our economic power to force change ourselves. This particular effort, the Injustice Boycott, was created by NY Daily News Senior Justice Writer and activist Shaun King.
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Two students at Albright College have been suspended for posting a video in blackface on the social media site Snapchat. The video includes a female student, with brown paint on her face, calling herself ‘Carlisha’ and twerking with a padded behind. She even mentions that “Black Lives Matter now” in order to cement her newfound Black womanhood. Albright’s president Lex O. McMillan III has disavowed the video taking to the school’s Facebook page saying, "We unequivocally…Continue
Celebrities have been lending their voice to the Black Lives Matter movement since its inception, and 2016 has seen some of the highest profile sports stars taking a stand. Although not explicitly in support of BLM, Serena Williams took to Facebook to express her fear, worry, and resolve to make her voice be heard in an anecdote about a drive she took with her nephew. You can read the full statement below, but one part that stood out was a moment of self assessment when she…Continue
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The model for this painting was chosen because he has some of the most beautiful skin I’ve ever seen. It is rich with pigment, and reflects the light in the most captivating way. I instantly noticed him in the front row of a talk I was giving. It is strange to me how anyone could not see the beauty in his skin, and yet sadly there are people who would insist that it is somehow inferior to other colors. Back when I was a little girl I went to a school where I was one of a…Continue
If you can barely string together a coherent sentence in one language and have the unmitigated gall to come at someone whose first language is something other than the English gifted to America by European conquest, check your privilege at the door and start saving up for Rosetta Stone. Let’s see how you pick up a new language, alphabet, and accent, shall we?
By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor…
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To say that it's a surprise that another body has fallen victim to a police officer while simultaneously being unarmed and Black, would be to say that we haven't been paying attention for the last few years. Much of what is being felt day to day in cities around America is a combination of fear, disgust, frustration, and helplessness at a system that was not made with Black people in mind. How does one reckon with this? How does a community respond when one of their…Continue
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Ooookay! I think I am officially done with this bullshit.
When surfing along Twitter looking towards the next hashtag name, I have more than twice coming across people who say that before we talk about police killing black people, they should talk about black-on-black crime. Where some people might agree, most of us EASILY see that this is nothing more than a form of gaslighting, deflecting any knowledge of their shortcomings by pointing out yours, real or…
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Dark R&B singer and AFROPUNK alum Kelela took to Instagram recently to fire off a passionate and thoughtful statement about white folk’s responsibility in the dialogue about racism and anti-blackness. Step one—shut up and listen: "Tired of white people telling me what I should and shouldn’t feel. People who are not black need to be listening (not…Continue
As if finding a job in corporate America isn’t difficult enough for Black men and women, a federal court has ruled that natural hair is grounds to be discriminated against. A suit was filed on behalf of Chastity Jones, a Black applicant who applied for a customer service representative position at Catastrophe Management Solutions in 2010. Court documents show that Jones was hired but the company rescinded their offer when she refused to cut her dreadlocks. The applicant…Continue
Life comes with no tour guide or ‘how to’ booklet. It’s simply a journey that you’re left to figure out by yourself amongst your good, your bad and ugly. I can’t help but think, what if I had a heads up before I was born or when I entered puberty? Surely that would have helped me. I’m sure it would have helped anyone growing up- but I suppose we’re all just not that bloody lucky are we? Here’s my short letter to the 10 year old me that didn’t know how to love, understand or accept…Continue
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In June, when I arrived at the main cemetery chapel at the Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón in Havana, Cuba, the first thing I saw was white Jesus. The picture was tacked to a bulletin board. The chapel, founded in 1876, lionized the European image with dark-tinted paintings of Catholic saints spread across the dome. That day, I looked at the picture of Jesus and didn’t believe it. Years ago, I would have glorified that picture. I would have praised Spanish colonizers with my…Continue
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In My Skin is a on-going campaign created by Naledi Ramaabya to raise awareness about albinism in Botswana. Through photographic representation, the campaign juxtaposes black models with albinism with with black models without—not to highlight those with albinism as an anomaly, but to play on their inherent blackness which binds them to the community. Albinism continues to be a misunderstood condition that people mistakenly relate to race, instead of skin…Continue
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