It is respectability politics, under the influence.
We must resist attempts to further divide Blacks into good and bad; We are human.
As you can see, my Juneteenth moment was actually a series of events that forced me to understand the danger of respectability politics within our community. This Juneteenth I'm not only celebrating our ancestors finally realizing they were free but also my own freedom from the burden of monolithic Blackness.
Like Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, I spoke in front of white audiences and narrated the version of my life they wanted to
Diversifying the representation of Black women in the media is not about changing who is shown in the media; it is about how they are depicted. It is the consistent directing, editing and broadcasting of complex women as one dimensional stereotypes that we can no longer passively allow to be the dominant narrative of Black womanhood.
Over the past several years, Black women have assumed leadership roles in the secular, humanist and atheist movements. But they continue to be eclipsed by white male gatekeepers whose narrow, often reactionary, view of secular practice and ideology has come to define organized atheism.
A little more than a year ago, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth drew the ire of a significant portion of his loyal supporters due to comments he made to Gavin Edwards in an interview published by Billboard magazine.
Everything Black and Brown folks do is excellent because it's a feat to persist in a country and indeed a world that benefits, profits, and necessitates your oppression, your incarceration.
The arts present opportunities for us to be deeply uncomfortable and yet totally safe. And for me they have become a space for radical transformation. Most recently I was reminded of this during Lupita Nyongo's performance in Eclipsed, a story of the women of the Liberian civil war, at the Public Theater.
As African-Americans and citizens of a country that values political participation, this country is always asking for political engagement from blacks but if it's not in the manner deemed appropriate, we are asked to sit down and be silent.