anti lynching

Little Targets

Another illustration that I don’t think needs an essay to go into the depths of the context of this; self-explanatory. This is dedicated to Michael Brown..Eric Garner…Tamir Rice…Trayvon Martin…Antonio Martin…the list is too long…let’s not make it infinite.

georgia douglas johnson (1880-1966) was a prominent figure in the harlem renaissance as well as a celebrated poet and one of the earliest known black female playwrights in the united states. she was a key advocate in the anti-lynching movement and many of her plays dealt with racial violence. she had difficulty getting her plays performed because of her race and gender, as well as the fact that she refused to give her plays happy endings because she felt it was disingenuous and unrealistic. 

she was born in georgia and later moved to washington, dc with her husband, a successful attorney who did not support her writing career. after her husband’s death in 1925, johnson began hosting weekly literary salons which continued for 40 years and were attended by people like langston hughes, angelina weld grimké and anne spencer. 

johnson’s poetry explored female sexuality and her personal correspondence with angelina grimké revealed an intense love relationship between the two women which went on for at least seven years. her correspondence also reveals an affair with w.e.b. dubois. 

Another World.

Even before getting into stats and shit, the “black on black” crime and the gang violence that people love to bring up in arguments about racism and the root of our age old problems, is learned and subconsciously picked up from anti-black sentiments.

Any separation of the black culture into negative factions is amplified by the existing anti-black thinking of people of whiteness.

We aren’t a monolith but we shouldn’t trick ourselves into thinking that we are much different in the eyes of the oppressor. They divide us amongst ourselves and for centuries now we have seen the effects.

Think of the many ways we are divided.
One vivid example is the William Lynch theory. He stated that if you separate black people by skin color, light skin and dark skin, that there would be social control over them by white slave owners for 300 years. Today we call it colorism, but isn’t talking about it still bringing our conscious energy to it and possibly distracting from achieving and working towards newly defined heights of excellence? No it’s just the first step.

It’s been said that the way to stop the poisoning effect that racism has on society today is to kill it as an idea and stop talking about it. But anyone versed in the events around the world knows that atrocities are committed everyday with racial implications but that information isn’t nearly as important as who just got plastic surgery and which celebrity couple is calling it quits after just three years of marriage.

We talk about it because it helps us and the people we speak to understand. (As frustrating as that may be) I think that talking about the importance of these events and how they impact society can help people who may be quiet about injustices really see how and why people are angry.

It doesn’t do enough to just be angry though, someone has to agree; someone with the ability to do something. It’s about changing minds.

Evangelize our experience in the way that you have about the deaths of Mike Brown and Sandra Bland so as to educate and strengthen our allies with information they might not have known because it’s systematically being kept from them through censored media and flat out ignoring things that are happening in our communities.

This is all on our minds so let’s take advantage of the way collective consciousness works and win more and more white people over with the clear view of how we’re living because there’s a misunderstanding somewhere and it’s heavily shrouded and protected by the privilege of not having to bear certain worries and stresses.

Don’t be afraid of white guilt and don’t sugarcoat anything we’ve been through.
You didn’t just have a rough childhood, your father fell victim to a system of psychological programming that took him out of your home life and made him an extended family member who you saw every week or maybe never at all. And your home life as a young black girl growing up without a father figure may have influenced some of the choices you’ve made as a young women with the men you’ve been with and maybe even what you think of yourself.

There are huge snowball effect things that happen in our communities because of how we see ourselves and that’s a societal issue not just a black one.
Our problems are intricate and self proliferating but exposing the roots of the problems help not only the affected but may also help the people on the other side see how you live in a different America.

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Stand Up, Fight Back

This video, “Baltimore Uprising: Stand Up, Fight Back” is so powerful. “LGBT activists brought an incredible energy to NYC’s solidarity rally for Baltimore; a perfect balance of anger, determination and fun.”  - creator, Daniel Albanese of The Dusty Rebel. I could feel this chant in my bones. I thought about how often music and dance are a part of Black and other people of colour’s protest; so much really. I did think about how this group of LGBTQIA people gathered to protest on State violence and how often when the topic is State violence and its victims, LGBTQIA voices are often an afterthought, wrongfully so; meanwhile regularly engaged in protest, scholarship and activism. Couldn’t help but think of that. Reality. Anyway, this moment is really powerful and beautiful. The end is so epic. The chant is in my head forever.❤