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Diverse, but not THAT diverse

I was doing a photoshoot for a client who wanted a library of photos for promoting to their African-American and Hispanic customer. The first comment I got on the first round of photos?

Client: This feels too diverse.  

25 Black People Kicked Out of Restaurant Because 1 White Woman Felt Threatened

A South Carolina man and several of his friends say they were refused service at a Wild Wing Cafe in Charleston last month and asked to leave. 

The reason: Michael Brown and his group of 24 friends and family members are African-American, and another customer – a white woman – complained that she felt threatened by the group.

That’s according to Brown, who was celebrating his cousin’s last day in Charleston with a night out at the Wild Wing Cafe.

As Brown and the shift manager were talking, a member of his party began videotaping the conversation, which is when the manager became upset and refused to seat the group.

Brown took his beef to social media, and the story went viral.

After Brown posted this on the restaurant’s Facebook page, he finally got a call from the corporate office:

The restaurant offered Brown and his family a free meal for the entire group. But Brown isn’t completely satisfied.


This story is rather old, but I could not ignore it, because it seemed to me some kind of outrageous nightmare! It’s like a leap in time to 50 years ago, when segregation was in full force, when blacks had separate toilets and had no right to be in the same room with whites!

The manager didn’t ask the white woman to leave. Apparently this must be their policy to cater more to non blacks. If the black people were frequent patrons , why were they not respected as such. 

Some people are not afraid of other races, they’re just pure racists.

it just hurts me that I was supposed to grow up knowing african cultures and customs instead of having to learn them. I should’ve known what country/village/tribe that my family originated from instead of paying ancestry sited for that information. I’ll never know the full extent of my family’s lineage because either they were left on africa, died on the way,or was sold from plantation to plantation. white folks wonder why we don’t just “forgive and forget” but because of slavery we were robbed.

anonymous asked:

Dear Librarian, its a culture from the Africans when the man marries a woman then he must pay for cows or mony, how do JWs view it? My friend who is a baptized JW is getting maried but now she tells me that the family must 1st agociate abola, what is the JWs view on it? Thank you, Evelyn. Africa.

Hello Evelyn,

It sounds to me that you are referring to Jehovah’s Witnesses view of a marriage dowry?


The Librarian

“I know that American blacks were stripped of their choice to identify with the country that their ancestors were taken from, and it’s awful, but their roots are in America now, not “the motherland” or whatever some of yall call Africa.” - Statement written by a Somali woman in response to Black people appropriating African culture.

I’ve regularly pointed out the distinctions between the African and Black American communities (to no avail as African people largely pulled thatdismissive ass “We’re all struggling” talk) and how Africans largely feel entitled to, and welcome in, Black spaces, and partaking in Black culture, but how that is largely not returned to Black American folk. There’s an eagerness of some Black American folk to connect with their origin pass the American narrative of slavery and for the most part their hands have been slapped down by African peoples. If it is indeed offensive for Black Americans to partake in African cultures and customs, then how does one explain African presence in Black American culture?

The African community has biases against the Black American community, and is violent toward the Black American community, much like all other communities of color despite the similarities in our struggle in America, and our shared struggle against White Supremacy. (If you’re African and reading this and saying to yourself, I have no personal bias against Black Americans I ask you to examine your thoughts and think about: 1) the way you wield respectability in conversation and how you are Black when talking about resistance to oppression, but African – and of your specific country/region in Africa – when talking about your successes, hardwork, pride and/or potential, 2) the way you feel and/or the things you say about Black Americans that wear dashikis, and eat fufu and jollof rice, 3) the negative way you refer to Black American women specifically and the assumptions you make about their character, or sexual activity, 4) the way you refer to Black American men and how you often classify them as thugs or as having a lack of ambition, intelligence, potential, or work ethic, and 5) in general the way you have a them-us mindset in all aspects that aren’t about our shared struggles.

[Of course, it goes without saying – but I have to say it because someone would try to play victim or attempt to invalidate the realness of this issue by accusing me of being violent by generalizing people, as if generalizations aren’t a way to speak about GENERAL problems but whatever – that every individual person from Africa is not guilty of this, however it is a general issue.]