Racism really does not take me by surprise, but the willful blind eye to harmful language just because it is “cool” within your social circle is beyond me. Recent headlines have shown the distasteful behavior of non-black persons of color using language “reserved” for black people. Whether it is in a song, a poem, a movie, a book, or even if it was inscribed in the constitution, you know what is harmful and what is not. I find it so funny that some people love everything that comes with being black and have benefited from not actually being black.
It never has been cute, and it never will be.
This is where that person-of-color pot we as black people, are sometimes thrown into heats us to 1000 degrees. I’m good love, I am black. Period. I can sing a song with language directed toward black people because I am black and not black-adjacent. It is not a hard concept, yet I keep having to stress it.
We have to start holding public figures to the flame when it comes to recklessness just for the sake of being reckless. An “iPhone note” half-apology or even worse, a justification will not change the fact that you got on Beyonce’s internet or Oprah’s television and was PURPOSEFULLY insensitive.
It is a shame in 2019 that I even have to still say some of the things I have to say, but here we are. If you are a person of color, respect the boundaries of each individual you encounter, even if they are a minority. Stay abreast of issues that plague the communities you associate with and if you want attention, highlight real issues that plague your fellow persons-of-color.
Flint, Michigan has not had clean water since, April 25th 2014…
The sex trafficking of young black girls and women is an issue that hits EVERY corner of this country…
Black trans men and women are killed at alarming rates…
And police brutality is still more prevalent than ever.
Not focusing on your focus, being irresponsible, and insensitive gives me a BAD CASE of the heebie-jeebies, no Fugees.
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Madalyn McKnight is a Contributing Writer for the Pedestal Project, LLC. A rare blackbird who has the range and a young black professional with impactful words! Follow her on Instagram and Facebook at @singsongblackbird and twitter @singsongblckbrd