This is from a few of his tweets this afternoon, and he’s a great person to follow on Twitter. Brilliant. Daily.
Anyway, I answered the first part of his tweet by saying “She’s like Obama. They challenge and reaffirm patriarchy. Most Black people do. And then, some ONLY reaffirm, which sucks.”
He then went on to mention that she “fence straddles” which is a term I’ve used myself at home when discussing this with one of my sisters. I think many Black celebrities are somewhere in the middle, moving away and challenging certain damaging things and affirming others…figuring themselves out. (Of course some Black celebrities refuse to challenge anything, and some of their fans are the same way, so there’s that…)
I think there are many Black people, in general, who are aware of the damage caused by internalized White supremacist thinking, patriarchy, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, colourism and more, and challenge it in many ways, but affirm it in others. Feminism is a continuum. No one wakes up as bell hooks, including bell hooks. She was Gloria Watkins before too, figuring this feminism thing out. She herself writes in each subsequent book how she evolves.(via gradientlair)
Dorothy E. Roberts, “Prison, Foster Care, and the Systemic Punishment of Black Mothers”
This is just a tiny snippet of the conclusion, but if you have a chance to read the whole thing please do. The full text pdf is at the source.
Maritza Quinones Rivera (in ‘From Triguenita to AfroPuertoRican’)
LOL…Mad cuz fine ass Black Girls make their dicks hard.
To varying degrees we accepted these statements as true. And, to varying degrees, we each made them true within ourselves because we believed them.