What I know is the historical and relevant ‘Ole Black’ has one side, its survival.
I seek not to usher the word to the gallows. I harbor no aims to kill it. I can still bump a Young Thug track or chortle at a Dave Chappelle routine. “Nigger” does not bar my enjoyment of popular culture. My soul, though, winces whenever I hear it. The decision for black people to include it in their vocabulary, nonetheless, remains personal, and I reject the criticism of black folk who continue to wield it.
Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP leader from Spokane, Wash., who resigned after it came to light that she was falsely presenting herself as black outed as being white has repeatedly said she identifies comfortably as black. There is an ongoing uproar behind Dolezal’s admission of identity-fondness of the black body, but also an oversight of Bruce Jenner as Katlyn Jenner. An economic attack on Dolezal has continued, much like the structural violence against black Americans. If it’s okay for Katlyn Jenner to identify as a female, they why are society-change makers upset about Ms. Dolezal’s blackness? Is there an underlying strategy black Americans need to use to build equity? To pick and choose what social justice is to theoretical look like on an individual basis will bring us (black America) back to white only drinking fountains.
Donald J. Trump has won, but yet you want to call me a “sell-out” coon. Look in the mirror because you’ve been punk’d by being distracted by a non-factor.
by Michael Graves, Originally posted on the Times-News 6.18.16 I watched at a recent Burlington Housing Authority event where volunteers were being recognized for their work and The Holy Comforter Church had adopted Newlin Elementary…
If united we (blacks) stand; and divided we fall – from the global black perspective, black people in general have fallen, and continue to fall.