When people of colour are expected to educate white people as to their humanity, when women are expected to educate men, lesbians and gay men are expected to educate the heterosexual world, the oppressors maintain their position and evade their responsibility for their own actions.
James Brown was & is absolutely an inspiration. Why should I deny that? We always play James Brown riffs in rehearsal or just for fun. I saw James Brown play live when I was very young. I admired his absolute control over his band & the gorgeous dancers he had. These are the things I wanted.
When I am silent, I have thunder hidden inside.
Don’t try to figure me out. It will only exhaust you.
All whites are racist in this use of the term, because we benefit from systemic white privilege. Generally whites think of racism as voluntary, intentional conduct, done by horrible others. Whites spend a lot of time trying to convince ourselves and each other that we are not racist. A big step would be for whites to admit that we are racist and then to consider what to do about it.
Intimacy begins with
the courage to listen to yourself.
The willingness to
see, feel, express who you are
do black men notice that when people of any race are like “i don’t date black men because (xyz racist stereotypes and putting non-black men above black men)” a large number of the people up in arms defending black men are black women, but when people are saying “i don’t date black women because (xyz racist stereotypes and racialized misogyny)” the people most actively up in arms defending black women are still black women….