Not Marlo Thomas.
Definitely Not Maxi Priest and Shaggy.
Every once in a while life gives us these moments.
I went to lunch with my partner and two of his co-workers a while back. The co-workers and I are Black women and my partner is a white man. The ladies, all three of us, decked out in standard ” professional” attire (slacks, blouses, flats) and he was wearing jeans and some kinda ratty shirt. Pretty much his standard “work clothes” in the Fall.
Co-worker #2: You off today? *eyes him up and down*
Of course he wasn’t off. He’s just white. He gets the liberty of not being constantly harassed about being “unprofessional in attire” because his race and gender default him to “professional.”
He does happen to have a lenient supervisor, but they work for a government agency. If either of those ladies were to wear what he wears on a regular basis, they would be getting random people from other departments coming to them and/or their supervisors about their clothing. They would be called in to HR for a “serious discussion” about how to “appropriately represent the agency.” Regardless of how good at their jobs they may be, their livelihoods would be at risk for clothing. Because being Black sets them back in professional points by default.
The way he gets to move through the world and the way I move through the world are just never going to be the same. This is not news. Not by a long shot, but every once in while we have these moments that illustrate it so well.
Like the bullshit notion of professionalism as dictated to us by those who control the reigns and the means of production. What is inherently “professional” about a jacket and tie? How does wearing a blouse make one more of a “professional” than wearing a t-shirt?
This is why the NBA dress code was so off-putting and angering. No matter how much money a Latrell or Iverson made for them, the team owners needed them to know that who they were, how they expressed themselves, was something that was offensive and needing of polish.
The clothes worn within Hiphop culture are unprofessional, but the clothes worn by fuckin golfers are acceptable. Racism is so insidious, y’all.
reminder John Lennon physically beat his wives, was essentially a dead beat, a raging homophobic, racist, antisemitic asshole who couldn’t give any fucks about ~peace~.
What did I tell yall about this mess?
"In honor of next month’s 25th anniversary of their debut album 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul are making their entire catalog available for free download for 25 hours on the group’s website. The download bonanza will begin on Friday, February 14th at 11 a.m. EST until Saturday at noon.”
Before it’s too late!
I wish there was a way to communicate via horn “get the fuck off your goddamn phone before you kill us all, you piece of shit! your call is not that fuckin important!” The double tap is not cutting it.
CHRISTOPHER HOLT: First man to have a braided tail in the back of his head.
The ignance though
How does this shit happen?!
Well, it’s simple enough really. He’s white. And that shit is like the Visa of all occasions. It can get you ‘everywhere you want to be.’
He used an old credential from a festival and some simple lies when questioned about the fake pass.
He also used a common refrain whenever hassled by security, which is supposed to verify each credential or ticket with a barcode along with putting attendees through other security screenings.
"I just said I was running late for work and I had to get in there," Mills said. "It was that simple."
I’ve long stated that white men get away with a lot by simply being authoritative, pushy and asserting confidence even when they have no confidence in what they are saying. And they are allowed to do this because the world believes they are the bearers of truth, knowledge and righteousness. Because they are taught to think they are important and the rest of us are taught to go along with that program. The mere fact that he not only kept getting past security, but got past, interrupted a press conference and did not get tackled and body slammed is just further proof of the power of white and male privilege.
Kanye West got more grief for doing the exact same thing and his ass is rich and famous. Race trumps money.
[Know Your History]
Margaret “Mag” Palm
“Mag Palm was twenty-four years old in 1860. She lived with her husband Alfred and their son Joseph, who was not quite one year old. In the black community she was better know as ‘Maggie Bluecoat’ for the sky-blue uniform coat of an officer of the War of 1812 that she wore when she served as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Mag was so notorious for helping slaves escape that on several occasions slave-owners from Maryland attempted to kidnap her and sell her into slavery to put an end to her practices. David Schick, whose farther was Palm’s employer, recounted one of these episodes:
‘She lived up Long Lane, back of the old fair grounds. On this occasion she was attacked by a group of men who made the attempt to kidnap her and take her south where they expected to sell her and derive quite a profit. She was a powerful woman, and they would have, from the sale, derived quite a profit. These men succeeded in tying Mag’s hands…She was fighting them as best as she could with her hands tied. She would attempt to slow them and succeeded in one instance in catching [an attackers]
thumb in her mouth and bit the thumb off. John Karseen, who was crippled and ran a novelty shop on Baltimore Street, happened along at just the right time and by using his crutch was able to assist Mag in her fight with these kidnappers and drove them off and freed her from her bonds.’
(photo courtesy of the Adams County Historical Society, Gettysburg, PA)”
H/T Ta-Nehisi Coates
I’m celebrating Black History Month by watching this at least once a day.
I don’t like to get into debates about Beyoncé Knowles’s feminism since it is altogether possible to be raunchy as all hell and writhe around with your cheeks hanging out of your shorts and still identify with the idea of women’s equality. That, on a rudimentary level, is what feminism is supposed to be about—women’s equality. But just as simple as that definition is, it’s equally simple to see what feminism is not. And what Mrs. Knowles-Carter did last night during her Grammy performance of “Drunk in Love” was decidedly anti-feminist.
Stans know that her husband, Jay Z, jokingly makes a reference to a horrific moment in the 1993 Tina Turner biopic, “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” during his “Drunk in Love” cameo. “I’m Ike Turner Turner/You know I don’t play/Now eat the cake, Anna-Mae/Eat the cake Anna-Mae” he says in with his usual swagger. If you’re not familiar with the film, it’s the part when Ike Turner—angry about the adoration Tina’s getting—smashes cake into her face and slaps a backup singer who tries to defend her. After the violence a roadie wearily says, “Eat the cake, Anna-Mae.”
At least one radio station—in the U.K.—blurs out this part of the song because it’s a jokey joke reference to physical abuse.So last night when Jay got to the “Eat the cake” line, I thought maybe Queen Bey would stay silent on it. Instead she puts bass in her voice and chants along with her husband, “Eat the cake Anna-Mae!”
That Tina Turner is supposed to be one of Beyoncé’s idols makes this even worse.
Moments like this matter.
Even when they’re not supposed to be a big deal, or they’re “funny,” or they mimic the video, or they come out of the faces of people we like, moments like this matter.
I’m disappointed in Beyoncé. I wish in this moment she could have been more Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and less “Cater 2 U.” But maybe that’s just damn much too much to ask.
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Hey Princeless followers!
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