Common Micro-aggressions: African Americans and/or Black People
Anonymous said: What are some common micro-aggressions that a black american will regularly have to deal with?
Behold this masterpost of common micro-aggressions towards African Americans and/or people in the African Diaspora, several of which may be applicable to other PoC. Micro-aggressions can be perpetuated by White people as well as fellow Black people and People of Color.
This is just to give a thorough understanding of some of the things a Black person (often in America) deals with. Don’t run forward and jam-pack your Black character with every one of these experiences, though I can say I’ve personally experienced every one of these or know someone who has.
So, I’m thinking about creating a platform that showcases black art, black fashion, black music, and black innovation. It will be an exclusively black space and I want it to eventually become a zine where most of its content comes from submissions from black artists from around the world.
For this entry I wanted to highlight a trend I’ve noticed and have come to like which is pink on melanin. I want to continue to create posts such as this to share things that I come across, strike me as interesting, and basically trend forecast.
So please like, reblog, comment, follow! I’d love feedback, is this something y’all are interested in participating in? Would you submit your photos? Do you want to create a network of black artists supporting each other?
( Sadly, I didn’t save these individuals names, so if you know them please tag!)
Black people are never allowed to feel or do anything without white people trying to invalidate us.
When we mourn our fallen brothers and sisters, here comes Becky and Conner to shout “all lives matter”. When we succeed, Smith Ann, who refuses to acknowledge that she benefits from white privilege, comes through to tell us we only made it because we are a minority, not because we worked hard. When we get angry, good ol’ Ethan decides to label us as “ghetto”. When black people call out the injustices we face in this country because of the color of our skin, Greg and Jenny have to chime in with the “everything is not about race” argument. John will mourn and respect the Holocaust, but will turn around tell black people to get over slavery. Beatrice can be pressed, yell, and be upset when her pumpkin spice latte is not made correctly, but black people can’t be upset when we are followed around the store because somebody thinks we are stealing.
Unless you have lived a black life, you cannot tell black people how to feel. Stop trying to invalidate us.
The finale was deep and I’ve been waiting to make this post so peep this underlying theme. Korra is the main character, who is a woman with melanin meaning that in the real world she has a deeper connection to Africa. Because of the evident melanin she is the underdog, subject to being in a camp most of her life to hone her skills (the field negro who was forced to work with little interaction with the outside world) until she escapes thanks to the advice of Katara, another melinated woman from the same region as her. When she makes it to the city she is cast as the underdog from the beginning, with hate groups literally trying to kill her and anyone of her kind with ties to the Spirit World. She loses almost all connection to her powers due to the oppression (Chi-Blocking) of Amon (White Supremacy) before meeting her past lives and regaining her powers.
Then she meets her uncle who appears to want her to fix the world by reuniting the spirit portals. They reopen the portals but at the cost of both light and dark spirits (angels, aliens, demons and shadow beings), as well as her uncle gaining power from a dark force. Her uncle represents the Uncle Tom Sellout Moor (not a true Moor) who only wants power for them self and does not care for struggle of the people.
In the process this Moor causes her to lose her past lives and her connection to the avatar state (representing the world prior to the so called Transatlantic Slave Trade caused by the Moors initiating war with various nations). She then meditates in a tree with nothing, no Ravaa, no Aang, nobody but herself. She finds her higher self without the need of Ravaa (crystals and raw gemstones) and becomes all powerful, reaching her Astral Projection state becoming the original Asiatic woman, a being of the most high.
Her past lives representing the oppressed however, once she loses all ties and starts anew, she represents the black man/woman regaining power and knowledge of self.
She reunites the spirit world with the human world representing December 21st 2012 but by being tricked by other people (New Agers and sell out Moors) to do it, bringing back the powers of people thought to be dead (air benders representing the lack of self knowledge). Korra goes off and as a fully realized Asiatic goes to fight a woman who fights with her third eye, and a man who has the power of flight from opening all 7 energy centers and cutting off his earthly ties. She is poisoned from this man and is blocked from her ties. She goes to her roots, the water tribes (Africa) and is healed to an extent from the same woman who gave her freedom. Later she runs away from home (Africom, look it up) to go on a spiritual journey. She then fights a woman after removing all poison but still has internal stress (Civil Rights, Crack Era, Slavery, major corporations blocking us from having much big business or power or unity). She goes to meet Zaheer and he teaches her to accept her past sins and go on with life not to make the mistakes again (reopening/cleansing the root energy center).
She then fights off the people attempting to annex land from every nation, with her unstressed self and creates a new portal. This is where that Eddie Griffin 1+1=3 video comes in. The portal looks like the the DNA Double Helix structure, but because it’s the third portal it can also represent the assumed third strand scientist have been saying lowkey we have been getting since the 80’s.
Korra has become a picture of what some us have been saying for long. You must figure out who you truly are, whether you are a Hebrew Isrealite, a Moor, Elohim, Nuwaub, whatever you decide to be don’t just focus on the physical but the mental, and spiritual as well. Your melanin gives you power as the original people.
its CRAZY how white/non-black people cling to AAVE like people get made fun of because they’re “ghetto” like even black people make fun of them but so quick to claim the shit they started like y’all have to cut it OUT. today.
every other day i’m seeing white/nb people using “booboo the fool” and “bet” and the clapping in between each word (when its supposed to be every syllable but ok) like stop susie!! it ain’t cute/funny when you do it y’all stay perpetuating this modern colonization and appropriation of ghetto black culture!! GO THE FUCK AWAY!! FOREVER PLEASE&THANKS!!
I LOVE Kendrick’s new song but I just wish he would understand Black on Black crime is completely different to police brutality. If black and black crime was to end, there would still be racism. Innocent black boys would still be killed by the police, because sadly stereotype would still exist. Why because people wouldn’t want to accept the truth. Racism is engraved into our society and its not going anywhere. Kendrick talks about how black people need to respect themselves, but that’s a hard thing to do when you live in a ghetto. All you are receiving is a poor education, you watch everyone around you live in poverty. What hope are you going to have for yourself when all you see above you is a glass ceiling. Black boys turn to crime because that’s all they are surrounded by, its an easy way to get money and respect because they aren’t receiving that from anywhere else. They don’t kill their black brothers for the colour of their skin but for the respect and love, that they are not receiving from society. Police brutality is built on a stereotype and stigma that the policemen or women hold in their head about the actions of a black man, whether they have committed the crime or not. They shoot out of fear when the man is holding no gun, they shoot out of hate for the darkness of their skin.
I feel as if Kendrick holds too much guilt over the death of his friend,but he has to understand the actions of black on black crime is fueled solely by society, and it’s treatment of black people (especially men and boys). Black boys in the ghetto probably wouldn’t pick up a gun or sell drugs, if they knew they could go to Harvard and become a lawyer or doctor. Trust me when I say it’s hard to respect yourself as a black person of any class when you know you probably will never get as far as the white kid in your class. The glass ceiling was placed above you the moment you were concieved.
How come some "ghetto" black people speak such poor English in your country? I can barely understand them.
In America “Black English” is often scornfully seen as blacks attempting to speak English and failing. This is incorrect. They are speaking a patois or creole. It is a mixture of African language and English.
Originally the lexicon or vocabulary was a mixture of African words and English words. Over the years the lexicon has become almost entirely English with African words dropping out but the syntax remains. Things like “I be going” and “he done gone” are English phrases with an African syntax.
The same thing happened in New York City with the influx of Irish, Italian and Jewish immigrants. “He should be so lucky!” is an English sentence with Yiddish syntax. “Youse guys better watch yourselves” Is an English sentence with Irish influence.
People are forgetting the “Black” in “Black Lives Matter” means Black **people**, not solely Black men.
This includes transgender Black people, disabled Black people, fat Black people, Black people part of the lgbt+ community, “ghetto” Black people. Black people you don’t like. All Black people.