“In many ways, I do think that there is a greater stigma among African American culture than among white cultures. I live in southern California, and many white people will freely reference ‘seeing a therapist’ in normal conversation. Black people don’t do that. Seeing a therapist is generally seen as a sign of weakness or a lack of faith. There is still an active mythos of “the strong black woman,” who is supposed to be strong and present and capable for everyone in her family–and neglects her own needs. In the midst of a depressive episode, I had a friend say to me, ‘We are the descendants of those who survived the Middle Passage and slavery. Whatever you’re going through cannot be that bad.’ I was so hurt and angry by that statement. No, depression isn’t human trafficking, genocide or slavery, but it is real death-threatening pain to me. And of course, there are those who did not survive those travesties. But that comment just made me feel small and selfish and far worse than before. It made me wish I had never said anything at all.”—
And sometimes professional mental health care is not ideal or nor accessible. So we seek support among each other. But when fellow Black people bring up “slavery was worse!” or yell out "pray about it!" as a silencing tactic because either belief in the infallible Black woman who can endure endless abuse (as created by White supremacy) or discomfort with addressing mental health head on, they ignore the fact that the impact of slavery is still felt today and mental health issues still exist today. There is no line in time where Black people were magically healed and slavery can be forgotten nor existing oppression today be silenced.
In the eyes of many, even outside of western countries, Africa is the binary opposition to any and everything. Today alone, Pygmies were used to prop up American and Korean cultures in three different classes. They know not a fucking thing about different African cultures and societies so why the hell speak on it? I am so fucking tired of all non-African persons, honestly. I am so fucking tired of constantly being on the defense. I’m so fucking tired of constantly being made to feel unworldly and intangible in people minds. I’m so tired of being an example, of being objectified, commodified and demoralized. I’m revolted by so called ‘scholars’ of this world. I haven’t been able to even focus on anything because of my rage. What other societies and peoples do you know that have to constantly ‘prove’ their humanity and to constantly defend that humanity to every.single.body, even other ‘minorities’? So much shit happened today and I’m trying to learn how to redirect all of my energy into something positive, but I’m so tired y’all… I’m so tired. I’m tired of crying in bathroom stalls and muffling my voice. The way I’m feeling right now is unexplainable. No one should ever be made to feel this way. So many people, I believe, are at a perpetual state of unconsciousness. Anything that the west feeds them, they ingest.
The West literally went over to countries in Africa and taught people to see gayness as wrong and is now celebrating African “progressiveness” where it exists and trying to “save” Africa from its Western-manufactured homophobia…
“And I cried. For myself. For this woman talkin’ about love. For all the women who have ever stretched their bodies out anticipating civilization and finding ruins.”—Sonia Sanchez (Homegirls and Handgrenades)
Sexual violence is one of the most horrific weapons of war, an instrument of terror used against women. Yet huge numbers of men are also victims. In this harrowing report, Will Storr travels to Uganda to meet traumatised survivors, and reveals how male rape is endemic in many of the world’s conflicts
In 1900, W.E.B. Du Bois, along with collaborators Thomas J. Calloway and Daniel Murray, planned and mounted an exhibition on the state of black American life for that year’s Paris Exposition. The exhibition consisted of charts, books, maps, and photographs.
Early last year, Kentucky coal miner Reuben Shemwell was sued by his own employer for filing a safety discrimination complaint with federal regulators. After settling two lawsuits and getting reinstated at work, Shemwell says the company is now making his job miserable because he continues to raise health and safety concerns at the mine.
In lawsuits filed last week, Shemwell claims fellow welders for Armstrong Coal Co. were instructed by management to “keep notes on what Shemwell did and said” once he returned after the earlier litigation, including writing down if he was “one minute late for work.” The company went so far as to hire a “consultant” to monitor Shemwell all day on the job, according to the lawsuits. And a supervisor told Shemwell that he “may want to think about another career” after Shemwell pointed out potential dangers.
"Shemwell took [the supervisor] to be saying that if he continued to insist on a safe and healthy workplace, his job would be in jeopardy," one of Shemwell’s three complaints states.
Shemwell’s lawyer, Tony Oppegard, said management was trying to find a way to get rid of the welder before he even returned to the mine under his earlier settlement. The treatment, he said, amounts to discrimination.
Welcome to the 1920’s.
You know, this type of thing right here should be pretty good evidence we need labor laws.
The same labor laws people fought and died for, the same labor laws that have been continually chipped away at by corporate interests and the political right.
“Tripathi is developing an extension to Google Chrome, called ReColor, that would let color blind users adjust colors using settings of their choice. Before Tripathi’s research, the color-blind had a few options for improving their digital experience, including primitive webpage filters to shift color schemes. But Tripathi’s algorithms would allow for the first native, built-in feature on web browsers that would make turning on the color-blind mode as simple as clicking a button.”—A Teenager Redesigns The Web For The Color Blind (via disabilityhistory)
“Stop making slaves and servants of our women…The Negro mother is doing it all. The women are carrying the burden. The main reason is that the men lack manhood and energy…[T]he men ought to get down on their knees to the Negro women. They’ve made possible all we have.”—Nannie Helen Burroughs (1878-1961) on the treatment of black women by black men. Burroughs was an African-American educator, school founder, and suffrage activist. (via uwgwslibrarian)
some days I feel like elaine brown. I feel like I have the courage to love what feels right. I feel like I can stand in front of whomever/whatever and move past the criticism of my past with a smile. like elaine brown, some days I feel like I can change the world and by doing that sometimes you have to start over.
elaine brown is particularly known for her involvement in the black panther…
Black women can be assertive. However, our assertiveness has (mostly) throughout history been for the benefit of Black men. Black women have always had a well-defined place in the anti-racist struggle, even if it has been in a subordinate position to Black male leaders. Black women’s activism, organizational skills, and outspokenness has always been accepted if it in keeping with Black hetero-patriarchy.
That is a huge caveat. Black women, in other words, have been used and made to believe that we are leaders if we are leading causes for others. But we have never been accepted when we attempt to lead for ourselves. A very prominent example of this is the presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm. She was despised by white women and Black men because she refused to compromise or divide herself by race and gender.
Black women do not often specifically consider the ways in which we might espouse leadership, assertiveness, and boldness wisely and on our own behalf in everyday life. Mainly because we do not think its possible.
Subconsciously, we know that if we do not capitulate to the controlling image of the Mammy/ Zora Neale Hurston’s “mule” that our presence in many spaces where we are barely accepted as it is will no longer be accepted at all.
We know that in many cases we are only able to “sit at the table” because we are sitting there on behalf of others. And we hope that if we stay at the table long enough to do the work of others that one day we will have the opportunity to do work on our own behalf.
I was wondering about your opinions on bleaching.(Even though I've seen your posts) But deep in my heart-guts I feel like it's just bad but I can't figure out why. Maybe because of the fact that someone is trying to change themselves for other people. But what if they're doing it for them? Cause they like how it looks? Lol I think too much about other people's issues.
People that bleach often are doing so because of deeply rooted issues steming from colorism, eurocentric beauty ideas, prejudice, low self, body dysmorphic disorder…all coming together to make someone who is dark feel as though they would be more attractive or in some cases have a better standing in life if they were lighter.
My thoughts are that bleaching is dangerous for the mind,body, and spirit. There are toxic chemicals in it that changes the skin for life and can cause cancer. On a spiritual and mental level bleaching skin as a means of looking better ultimately is an action that has been prompted by feeling that dark skin is unattractive. So they themselves will feel as a whole unattractive.
I know people that have done dramatic things to their bodies thinking it would be the answer to life’s problems but since the self esteem issues they had previously were not resolved and the hoards of people they thought would be interested romantically did not come, they suffered.