I’ve worked hard to get to place where I can choose the stories I wanna cover. And it’s important for me to reflect humanity in my work. And so there’s definitely an advocacy component in everything that I write. I think it’s critical that you use your platform, whatever that is, uh, blogs, Twitter, social media, uh, whatever, to empower as well as educate.
Black people have to be invited into historically white spaces – in this case think ballet, opera, classical music, high fashion, white neighborhoods, etc. – and even then the invitations are extended very rarely. On the contrary, with no invitation whatsoever white people have not only inserted themselves in historically black spaces – hip hop, rap, R&B, jazz, soul, b-boy culture, gospel, rock n roll, the gay ballroom scene, neighborhoods facing gentrification, streetwear/“urban” fashion, etc. – but they exploit them for their own gains and agendas, and we’re all expected to oblige and just let them play… because everyone deserves to swim in our pool, right?
So this is why you can’t change your race. That is some next-level white supremacist fuckery that no god written about thus far has the power to imbue you with. It is a white supremacist attempt to revise or erase not only our past, but a future that has never had a chance to escape you yet.
The last thing we have for ourselves that can’t be raped or pillaged from us is our literal blackness. You can keep gentrifying the hood, but you will never gentrify blackness.
I’m sure many of you are aware that the head (Andy Lack) of NBC News is an idiot. The ratings for MSNBC, particularly prime time, had been increasing since Donald Trump was “elected.” People have been craving a more liberal/progressive/Democratic view on the news. However, the head of NBC News thinks now is a good time to make MSNBC more conservative.
Numerous individuals have been pushed out at MSNBC. If you’ll notice, the network has dramatically fewer people of color, having let go or cut down appearances by Tamron Hall (gone), Al Sharpton, and Melissa Harris-Perry (gone). Joy Reid’s time on the network has decreased. Gay anchor Thomas Roberts has disappeared. Furthermore, the network appeared ready to cut loose Lawrence O’Donnell last month when his contract was about to expire. Rachel Maddow has the highest ratings on the network, and some of the highest ratings on cable. O’Donnell was number two on the network, but for weeks leading up to the expiration of his contract, there were no negotiations. The network seemed like it wanted him gone. However, after numerous fans spoke out, negotiations took place and O’Donnell’s contract was renewed. However, MSNBC daytime is a nightmare.
The head honchos have been loading NBC News and MSNBC with conservative pundits/hacks, such as Megyn Kelly*, Greta Van Susteren, George Will, Hugh Hewitt, Nicolle Wallace (she’s actually not that bad but her show features conservative hacks), and now Bret Stephens.
One might argue that the powers that be may be starting to recognize their mistakes because last week Greta Van Susteren was fired over poor ratings. But not so. MSNBC recently hired Bret Stephens**. Stephens is a conservative hack. He isn’t necessarily a fan of Trump, but for me he is the straw that broke that camel’s back. Stephen’s is a climate change denier.
Stephen’s was on MSNBC this morning speaking with Ali Velshi talking about how it is good for MSNBC viewers and liberals if there is a strong conservative base. Kiss my ass. Conservatives are destroying this country. I don’t need someone who thinks climate change is a hoax telling me how conservatives are good for liberals. This kind of nonsense is why we must boycott MSNBC daytime. I say daytime, because the prime time hosts thus far continue to do a good job. If the head of NBC News sees ratings for daytime tank while ratings for prime time continue to soar, he finally might recognize that we don’t want to hear that conservative bullshit. Or he might get fired.
*Megyn Kelly’s ratings have been terrible.
**The New York Times also recently hired Bret Stephens. There has been an outcry from numerous individuals who subscribe to the Times. Many people have dropped their subscription because of Stephens. If you subscribe to the New York Times, you too might want to speak out.
***I didn’t add that “watch free on yahoo” link. That must just be something added by Tumblr.
Apparently my new muse is cute animal kigurumi. Milo’s already got his Perry pjs, Melissa is a llama, because of the Llama Incident, and Zack’s a bear, because I don’t know, lumberjacks somehow lead me to bears.