Q:Being a black person, and personally pro-black womanist. I follow a lot of pro-black blogs and have been unlearning all of the white supremacist bullshit I've been brainwashed to accept, but I'm wondering how would you describe blackness? I know all black people aren't the same and I'm aware of the stereotypes but what is the "standard of blackness"? Is there a standard? I just want to know and I figured you are an amazing authority on the matter.
Short and simple:
I am defining Blackness as I speak. As I move through life, I define and redefine it. I change the standard.
I can be as articulate as Obama one minute and as rude and rowdy as 50 Cent the next.
I can be dissecting ideology as Malcolm X one minute and ratchet as DMX the next.
I can be insightful as Nelson Mandela, peaceful like Martin Luther King, arrogant like Kanye West, cool and calm as Common.
I’m as simple as Biggie Smalls or complex as Tupac.
The only standard is the one you create.
I just signed a petition to The Utah State House, The Utah State Senate, and Governor Gary Herbert: Several days ago, a 22-year-old black man, Darrien Hunt, was shot multiple times in the back while running from Saratoga Springs, Utah, police officers. He was carrying a fake sword, so was, essentially, unarmed. He might as well have been carrying a stick. The officers, armed with ambiguous information, guns, AND Tasers, still shot and killed him. The details are sketchy. They have not provided answers to the family OR the community. The attorney general’s office is reportedly investigating. It is TIME for change. This is a racist crime. Children of color are a huge minority in this state and in real danger. We are calling for a citizen review board and for reform in police officer hiring and training.
" …to me we are the most beautiful creatures in the whole world, black people. And I mean that in every sense, outside and inside. And to me we have a culture that is surpassed by no other civilization but we don’t know anything about it…My job is to somehow make them curious enough or persuade them, by hook or crook, to get more aware of themselves and where they came from and what they are into and what is already there, and just to bring it out. This is what compels me to compel them and I will do it by whatever means necessary.”
- Nina Simone
I wish we would stop pretending that playing respectability politics has ever done shit for black people, white people didn’t love us then and they still don’t now. Trying to gain their approval through acting a certain way isn’t going to change that smh…
Its important to reject the idea that black ppl liking different things does not make them white. But as someone who was one of those black kids its important to reject this idea along with the special snowflake thing ppl adopt bc both of these things can create a spiral of self hatred and internalized anti blackness that is very difficult to overcome.
Yes, black people. Your officials would rather do shit like this than actually address the rampant amount of black-on-black violence that consumes and destroys your communities.
Go ahead. Try and tell me how much progress you’ve made.I think you need to fuck off, angryreaction. You could care less about black on black violence unless it fits into your anti black, anti immigration agenda. Of course it’s funny that the white supremacists reblog shit like this. None of you care about blacks unless we commit crimes. You could give a flying fuck about the GOOD blacks out there but you insist on ignoring them. Black on black violence is a huge problem but we DON’T need white supremacists to tell us, shit. We all know what your agenda is.
PSA to white people: you will NEVER know how it feels to be Black so don’t fucking tell us how we should feel or what we should say to make YOU comfortable. Fuck your comfort! Our lives are filled with discomfort so we can just live! Fuck your opinion about our hair, bodies, minds & souls! They’re not yours! We aren’t here for you!
History of Cocaine and how it changed the US.
This also includes how the drug laws were racially motivated.
Forty-Three Minutes running time.
Being a Tumblr blog, you’re part curator, part creator. You create original content and you reblog everyone elses. I like that. I’m not just amplifying my voice, but I’m helping people amplify theirs. A win, win if you will.
Problem is that original ideas tend to get lost in the wind. Sometimes, you can’t tell when I added commentary to someone’s original post. And now I’m having a problem tracing added commentary to my original blog posts, so people think I’m avoiding them.
While this may not be a problem to most tumblr users who posts go viral once in a while, I have problems combing through all the rebuttals and responses even with XKit loaded.
The other problem is that there’s a community outside of Tumblr called “Disqus”, which add comments to all blog posts. The problem with this is… well… it’s hard to reply when you have to answer reblogs as well as your own posts. (This post for an example features 239+ comments and I’m not the original author of the post.)
Lastly, there’s organization of the information within the blog itself. I still have over 2K posts to tag & bag and this is going to take a while.
I figured that one way of solving this problem is by going outside of Tumblr. But that would cause problems.
So, I decided that the best thing to do is to start separating my original content from the curated stuff. Introducing w3nk-originals (or http://Originals.Whatwhiteswillneverknow.com). This will be a “springboard blog”, where I will post up original content. So, the following will be posted from this blog:
- Essays (500+ words with sources)
- Guest Submissions
- Videos (Yep, resuming soon)
Once a post is published there, it will be reblogged to W3NK (this one). I’ll be able to keep better track of notes and will be able to respond to the original items a lot faster. However, I will keep those reblogs within W3NK, as I want to keep W3NK-Originals free from reblogging content.
Now, do you have to follow this blog? Not really.
Am I going to post all original content there? Only the “best of the best” will go there. I won’t blog too often from there, but if you want to follow, then be my guest.
Will asks go on there? No. I decided that one inbox is enough and all ask inquires will be re-directed to this blog.
Will this solve all the organization problems? Not fully, but at least I’ll be a little more responsive.
As time goes on, both blogs will match to provide a seamless look to the outside world. Right now, I’m just posting up to inform you. Just like this blog, posts will be sporadic.
So what happens now? Nothing. I’ll keep updating as usual. Nothing much to see yet as I have other initiatives that I want to post, but not as of yet because those takes a while to set up.
Well, that’s all for now.
Now back to your regular scheduled chaos.
White Marijuana Millionaires.
Since Colorado voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use in January, that vote has created more then 20 white marijuana millionaires who the Government has allowed to store their millions in U.S. Banks.
Keep in mind that there are more then 100,000 black and latino people who are in American prisons for the same simple possession and intend to sell marijuana.
BUT THEY MAKING WHITE BOYS MILLIONAIRES FOR COMMITTING THE SAME ACT!
I only have one request.
You have too many witnesses.
You have evidence.
You have to ease the public.
So what you’re waiting for?