A Florida school believes it has found the perfect solution to the problem of a black student being bullied over her natural hair: Kick her out.
But what is wrong with these reporters though? They keep saying “style” and “individual” as if she chooses for her hair to grow out of her head in that way. If only she didn’t have a “strong desire to be different” she could frolic through the lily white fields in peace! -_-
Cut the shit: It’s not about “style” it is about her BLACKNESS. But we can never talk about that, right? And why is it important that we know she is a violinist and honor student? Because only “good” black kids are worth your sympathy.
Every morning this week I’ve fallen out of my bed, grabbed my phone, and waded through my twitter feed expecting to read about the Typhoon which has devastated so many tens and thousands of people. It made sense to me that it would dominate all other topics of conversation.
I was wrong. Instead…
Jameela Jamil needs to go get her life… NOW. The simple fact that the only other examples she could point to in reference to the exploitation of Black women’s bodies were those of Black men in hip hop videos exploiting their Black sisters, only further perpetuates the racialization of this entire ordeal, in that she reveals her own conditioning: women exploited in music videos = Black exploitation of Black bodies. Because LORD KNOWS only Black men are responsible for the exploitation of Black women’s bodies. Yes we can all, Jamil specifically, talk about Black men’s exploitation of Black women, but GOD FORBID we come down on this white woman for the same! We’ve got to protect those precious pearls!
"Well having watched the video several times… I can count 4 black girls and three white girls, not to mention Lily, who is fully involved in all of the licking, flicking and twerking. Not to mention the only one to perform Bananalingus. " ARE YOU KIDDING ME? 2 out of the 3 white girls she counts only appear for one frame, as if they were I’m-not-racist-insurance-policies: Oh LOOK, I included a some flurries in this one tooooooooo!
I’m not fooled. I’m not convinced. And no one has even spoken about the lyrics themselves! Much in the style of Lorde, Allen, in her attempt to produce a feminist critique of the objectification of women relies almost entirely upon motifs of Hip-hop (read Black) culture. We know that when she says “I won’t be bragging bout my cars, or talking bout my chains, I don’t need to shake my ass because I’ve got a brain” that she’s talking about hip-hop (read Black) culture.
I can hear the responses now: “”But she takes a jab at Robin Thicke tooooooo”” And okay? So the fuck what? That makes it… less racist?
Furthermore, Allen’s “involvement” in the “licking, flicking and twerking” is little more than her attempting and failing to “shake her ass” like those black women, because why would she? when she’s got a brain! Thus creating an image in which the sexualization of the Black female bodies (because I saw no scene in which snowflake ass cheeks were slow-motion shaking) is innate and poor Allen, in all her white womanhood and purity cannot fulfill the role of a sexual deviant, as dictated by the media. She just doens’t fit. And this is a narrative we’ve seen play out time and time again, historically and quite obviously, today. Black women are innately sexual while white women are virginal and pure.
And lastly, Jamil discounts her EVERYTHING when she tries to play that whole reverse racism bullshit. “It is almost racist to discount the girls who aren’t black. ” What fucking planet are you living on?!?!? If I need to elaborate on the fact that racism DOES NOT happen against white people to ANYONE on my dash… Go on ‘head and hit that unfolloe button ASAP
First you’re taught to fear a phantom, a man in black, a man with a knife, a man who’ll pounce in dark alleys. Well-intentioned women—mothers, aunts, teachers—will train you to protect yourself: Don’t wear your hair in a ponytail; it’s easier to grab. Hold your keys in one hand; hold your pepper spray in the other. Avoid dark alleys. When you reach young adulthood, the lessons change. They acquire an undertone of disgust: Don’t drink so much. Don’t wear such short skirts. You’re sending mixed signals; you’re putting yourself at risk. If you follow the advice and it never happens—if you end up one of the three out of four—you can convince yourself that safety is a product of your own making, a reflection of inherent goodness. But if you’re paying attention, you realize something doesn’t add up. Because it keeps happening: to your sisters; to your friends; to little girls and grown women you’ll never meet, in places like Cleveland, Texas; Steubenville, Ohio; New Delhi. Good people, bad people, neutral. It keeps happening in TV shows and novels and movies—they open on the missing girl, the dead girl, the raped girl. If you’re paying attention, you begin to realize that it isn’t happening. It is being done. And you are not safe. You have never been safe. You were born with a bulls-eye on your back. All you have ever been is lucky.
Thanks sydlow! I just sent this flier to organizers and they love it.
Justice for Reynaldo Cuevas
Reynaldo Cuevas was shot and killed by an NYPD officer on September 7th, 2012, after escaping from an armed robbery at the bodega he worked at. He was dragged 25 feet away by police and left to bleed for 20 minutes as witnesses yelled at them, informing police that he was an employee of the store. A few days later the community held a vigil for Reynaldo and marched with his family to the 42nd precinct to demand justice. Since then, the Cuevas family has held a candlelight vigil every Saturday at the corner of the block here he was killed. Less than two months later, on October 27th, the NYPD rammed into the dirt bike Reynaldo’s cousin and friend were riding, killing one and paralyzing the other. A witness from the scene says the NYPD rammed into the dirt bike purposely.
We need to let the NYPD know, they cannot get away with this. We will not give up. We are stronger.
More information on facebook, search for “Justice for Reynaldo Cuevas”
This is absolutely sickening. There is a war on brown bodies being waged in my streets.
I have never seen a smoother, more even-toned arm pit in my entire life :O
courtesy of lil’ kim back when she had her original black woman face
Word to this.
On another note, it really saddens me to see the way that Kim once celebrated herself shamelessly, only to then disfigure her body to fit more neatly into the Eurocentric standard of beauty. The pressures black women are constantly put under is insanely unique and disgusting. To be both Black and woman is to be constantly engaged in a struggle to assert your humanity, to (re)claim and define yourself. There is not a day that goes by that I do not hurt for myself and for my sisters.
Dez Duron…. you, sir, can have ALL THE BABIES!
Say what you want but this song still makes me tear up…