Who is Supposed to See Us?

Yet, I do not apologize for holding steadfastly to the notion that Black and Brown people do not need to bear witness to our skinfolk being murdered in order to truly understand our plight. As much as I want consumers of art to be particular about how they digest pop-cultural and socio-political pieces, I also want artists to think critically about who they want to consume their art. I make this call especially in an age where the pace of production far outpaces the people’s capacity to fully digest and heal from these harrowing news headlines. I fear that we are living in a time in which Black and Brown people are being forced to relive their trauma more than once; we endure the initial pain and shock that accompanies the degradation of justice and then, just a couple years later, we are reminded of our losses through a socio-political film.

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White Allyship Will Not Win the Fight for Racial Equity

We can praise Anne Hathaway for writing a poignant Instagram caption, but we must recognize the very limited power of White solidarity. When we speak of White solidarity, we tend to forget that White Supremacy does not simply lie within an individual’s heart; that racism cannot be fixed if White people simply learn to love Black people. Rather, White supremacy is a system that protects Whiteness and leverages race to oppress anyone who delineates from its strict margins of skin color. To achieve racial equity in America, instead of changing the hearts of White Americans, it is imperative that we eradicate the country’s racial caste system. White supremacy is bigger than Anne Hathaway or any other well meaning White person; their good deeds are not going to win us the fight for racial equality.

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Black Women Are Murdered, Too

In the wake of Nia Wilson’s death, Twitter saw a revival of the hashtag, #Sayhername. But, it is not enough to say her same. We must ensure that Nia Wilson is granted justice; we must ensure that the same circumstances that impacted her life will not be duplicated in someone else’s upbringing; we must ensure that Black lives, regardless of gender, are protected.

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