Dear Colin Kaepernick: All You Had To Do Was Play The Game, Boy.

All you had to do was throw the ball, boy. We concealed this auction block well, didn’t we, boy? You didn’t know you were on sale, boy? Didn’t we tell you to just run, boy? Entertain us, boy. Win championships for us, boy. Stay in your place, boy. Don’t you dare get these other slaves, Black men riled up, boy. Didn’t we pay you enough, boy? Why can’t you just be satisfied, boy? Stand up and salute this flag, boy. Honor your allegiance to the system, boy. Didn’t we give you enough money to entice you, boy? How dare you reject your master, boy. Didn’t you like your name in lights, boy? Didn’t we stroke your ego, boy? All you needed to do was play the game, boy. Keep dancing for us on Monday Night, boy. Make us rich, boy. We don’t care if you get hurt, boy. Our job is to break bucks like you, boy. Didn’t you know boys like you come a dime a dozen, boy? We can replace you with no thought, boy. Make sure our new boy is a controlled boy. Thought you knew we don’t trust Negroes to be the quarterback anyways, boy. We did you a favor, boy. How dare you turn your back on us, boy. If you are kneeling, it will be before us, boy. Ain’t this game your God, boy? Don’t you see how everyone else bows down before us, boy? Don’t you know what we do to Negroes like you, boy? Back in the day, we let Negroes like you sway from the trees, boy. Make an example outta you, so other Negroes will stay in their place, boy. Don’t you smell that strange fruit in the air, boy? All you had to do was just shut up, boy. We don’t have to kill you, boy. All we have to do is silence you, boy.

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Trump Wants to Attend the Civil Rights Museum Opening Because White.

In Peak Level Whiteness, Donald Trump is insisting on attending the opening of the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Mississippi although many have called on him not to participate. U.S. Representative and Civil Rights icon, John Lewis, has said that he will not attend the opening if Trump is in attendance.

When asked about this at her Weekly Lie Session Press Conference, Sarah-I-Lie-For-Sport-Sanders, added insult to her own stupidity and said it was, “unfortunate that Mr. Lewis would not join the President in honoring the incredible sacrifice civil rights leaders made to right the injustices in our history.” She’s not too bright, is she? What Civil Rights leaders could she be referring to? Hmmmm, let me think, JOHN LEWIS! (Idiot!) Continue reading

TED Talks Broke My Heart. Mwende Katwiwa Put It Back Together Again.

In November of 2015, I decided to quit my job of 16 years as an administrative assistant. I remember as I was exiting my officer after turning in my keys and leaving a manual for the new executive assistant, I turned and looked at the office and took a picture. I wasn’t sure where I would end up, but I decided that day to never remain hidden in a box again.

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My former office.

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Is The “Woke” Black Woman Becoming A Caricature & The New Mammy?

Caricature – car·i·ca·ture ˈkerikəCHər,ˈkerikəˌCHo͝or/  noun a picture, description, or imitation of a person or thing in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect.

Several months ago, I remember I was standing at my closet looking for something to wear to a poetry event and my daughter came in my room and asked, “Why don’t you just wear a poetry outfit?” I turned to her intrigued by her question and asked, “What is a poetry outfit?” She said, “You know a Black people/Black struggle related shirt, Black earrings, ripped jeans and heels.” Continue reading

Dear Racists…Please Send Me Back To Africa

Recently Nnedi Okorafor posted on Twitter about racists telling her to go back to Africa.

My response was the following:

This is a very common remark on social media, “Go Back to Africa.” I believe any Black person on social media that dares to speak out against injustice has heard this comment as if going back to Africa is an insult. Newsflash, going back home, is NEVER an insult to my humanity.

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How NOT To Do Feminism and Intersectionality. I Brought Receipts.

I am going to present this conversation as much as I can in its entirety, periodically drop in commentary and then follow up.

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MudBound:Can Black & White People Truly Be Friends?

*This blog contains spoilers about Mudbound.*

Netflix released its feature film Mudbound a story of two men, Ronsel and Jamie, who have both returned home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi. Ronsel is the son of Hap and Florence, a Black family that rents their plot of land on the farm which had recently been purchased by Henry and his young wife, Laura.  Henry and Laura move onto the farm with Henry’s father, Pappy, and their small children after realizing they have been swindled in a real estate deal, leaving them without a home.

It is on the farm these two families lives collide, leaving tragedy and heartache in its wake. Continue reading