Jessica made a profound statement! She was talking about men, and the difficult, awkward, sometimes insulting ways they she’s been approached. When she said that after particularly insensitive comments from some men, she confronts them on their poor choice of words with ”So, I’m White enough to feed your self-hatred, but Black enough not to piss off your family?”
I was floored! After that, I asked her to really dig in and unpack her thoughts. This is what she came back with.
Self-hatred comes in several forms, from subtle to overt. It can be expressed as “woe is me” self-loathing, or it can be projected on to others in order to deflect attention. For generations, it has been common for Black Americans to practice self-hatred. It’s a common practice; a tradition rooted in slavery and passed down from parent to child.
Tyson DeWees is a fellow martial artist, personal trainer, and pundit. He travels the world starting arguments and stopping obesity at every turn. Ty has a wealth of life experiences that inform his opinions and I’m glad to have him as a guest columnist. ~Watt
As Halloween fades, the usual dirge of racial and insensitive costumes begin to make the rounds on the internet. It amazes me that people still are able to gin up the outrage to spend countless hours discussing just what needs to be done.
What needs to be done?
Nothing, I say. Here’s why. ->
“With the “Not Guilty” verdict handed down to George Zimmerman after his malicious murder of Trayvon Martin, the United States upholds the right to and tradition of murdering Black, Brown, and African American people.”
I don’t believe that the Americans who applauded the verdict and sought to minimize the role that race plays my asking the country to “Keep race out of it!” said it out of anger, hate, or spite. What they do not, and cannot understand is that for a growing number of Americans, especially but not just limited to Black Americans, race isn’t kept out of anything because our country uses race more than any other factor in its decision-making. It will intersect with crime, justice, injustice, and every other measurable metric. Saying “Whatever, why can’t we just keep race out of it?”” as they just have, is the privilege of people who have never been hunted, or made to live with a clear understanding that their lives are less valued than any other group in 2014. I’m watching people who I know to be safe and sane, both as individuals and collectively call for the murder of George Zimmerman. ->