I saw it. I witnessed it in some of my own friends from the past, but I never knew what it truly was until I came across some articles that really broke down what the fucking situation is.
Okay but first, let’s back up………
So Africans were sold and taken from their country, stripped of their history, stripped of their families, and stripped of their rights.
And from here they then were forced to build America for a long time, without any credit or pay. Also, there was constant rape, beatings, abuse, poor nutrition, no education, and disrespect.
And Native Americans, I will never forget the sorrow you had to face from the people who came and literally took everything from you as well.
Oh, and now, black people, the people who built this country are being shot. But that’s just a side note and besides the point….(right?)
Anyways, our culture, our food, our speak, our fashion, our music, our everything, well it’s pretty damn good, right? Hell yes. This is why so many people in the world enjoy it, appreciate it, listen to it, wear it, and profit from it.
Remember, blackface? Well, I thought it ended, but it didn’t. I always thought that the women wanted to be “tan”, but if we really dive into it, a part of them does not feel comfortable enough to live in their own skin. Their foundation is always a shade (or several shades) darker than their natural skin. They have somehow learned to think that being dark is beautiful, sexy, and appealing because it FUCKING it.
Black is the new standard of beauty (Queens, we made it — finally).
In fact, let’s really talk about this, many women today want:
The fat [black looking] ass
The in-fashion that is really just black fashion
To speak like black people
To look like black people
BUT, they don’t actually want to be black. They just want all of black culture without actually having to live the life of a black person…because who would?
Being black comes with a few cons:
You might get shot, for no reason
You might get pulled over by the police and harassed for no reason. I guess police officers get bored sometimes? Idk….
You will be judged based on your skin color
You will often be praised for speaking educated (it’s always such a surprise to some people. I suppose black people aren’t supposed to speak educated??)
You will be stared at and overly watched because of your skin color
People will double-lock their doors when you walk past their car
You might be offered salary packages less than you are worth because of your skin color
And if you are a heterosexual woman, black men may just find you less attractive and not their preference because well, you’re black
People constantly try to take things from your culture and profit off it — even in non-monetary ways
Black-fishing or Nigger-fishing is the new blackface. Call me extreme. Whatever. But people of all races have been stealing stuff from our culture since we came over to this country — unwillingly I might add.
When will we simply be praised for being dominant in literally EVERYTHING? Cause let’s just face it….we dominate it all (e.g. sports, music, entertainment, business, fashion, art, research, etc.)
If you are going to take our shit, can you all at least give us credit for establishing the platform that so many of you flourish off?
Dear women that aren’t black: please embrace your natural bodies and do not try to be or look like us. You don’t need to take our skin color, hairstyles, butts, and bodies to be sexy. You have your own traditions and genetics that you have been blessed with; why not make the most of them?
Dear everyone: stop taking ALL of our stuff. For generations and generations, you’ve consistently done this. It’s time you stop. Make some of your own stuff.
Blackface is not gone. It’s SO VERY REAL. I apologize to my culture for not realizing what black-fishing is sooner — though I have been in the midst of it for years. I always felt URKED about some of the things I see on a regular basis though, but it never really clicked for me like it did today.
Blackface is near and dear. Blackface is still here today, and I’m not sure it’s being addressed, acknowledged, mitigated, or eradicated.
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