I am a goddess. My spirit is towering, my soul is mighty, my breasts are magnificent, my eyebrows are on point, and my edges are everything.
Reminder that black people were oppressed in this country long before young black men started sagging their pants. We were called niggers long before we reclaimed the term. Respectability politics need to go.
I love Lupita Nyongo’s Brother
because he literally did
exactly what we would do
if we went to the Oscars
except he did it 220022932 times better.
A few weeks ago, my school sent out an email saying that a male professor was very offended by some pictures taped to his door. They wanted the students who did it to step forward. Somebody ended up coming forward about the incident.
I didn’t know the details of it until today. I’m infuriated and I’m disgusted by the students who thought this was a cute idea and by the school who has swept this under some secretive rug.
The guilty student, a white woman, printed out pictures of an African man running from an ostrich with a caption claiming that this was a picture of the professor. The professor is an African man and he teaches history, which includes classes that cover topics like racism and white privilege. This woman was a student in his class last year. She knows what he teaches. This is very blatant racism and the response is a response brimming with white privilege.
This man should not be made to feel unsafe or emotionally triggered by the students he teaches. He should not be told that his worth is embedded in a half-hearted apology, when the actions should have never taken place. This was inappropriate and inexcusable.
I am tired of seeing the feelings and safety of people of color undermined in favor of the feelings of privileged, white professors and students. This was disturbingly audacious and thoroughly planned, as the student claimed, “I’ve been waiting a year to do this.”
An apology is NOT sufficient. More actions need to take place and soon.