uppity negro

Black Women, Class and Poverty

Anonymous asked: I have a black woman as one of my protagonists and she was once the queen of an empire and killed a tyrant, but someone else (a white man) claimed that THEY were the one who killed him and so he took the throne away from her and demoted her to a low class citizen, and this is where the story actually starts; her in low class, him as king. I was wondering how people would feel if that’s how she was portrayed, but throughout the story she steadily progresses into a respected, powerful woman again?

I think that this is a very realistic plot because it happens all the time (well not necessarily the comeback bc we usually don’t get that opportunity, but the whole white men taking credit and status from black women is very real). 

Explore why people opt to believe the white man and not her. But writing a poor black character is always tricky, so stay away from harmful stereotypes in that regard. i.e. Don’t make her blackness the reason the people believe her to be poor rather than a former royal. 

In your case, you also have to stay away from the “uppity negro” stereotype. Don’t make her look down upon the poor, feel like she’s better than them or have her distance herself from them. Try to find a balance. 

~ Mod Brei

Thank God I have a car.

I’d be an angry black man if I had to take the bus & BART everywhere.

I’m too refined for that shit. 

That, and I get stabby when I’m irritated.

“The first black president had his legitimacy challenged for not being a ‘real’ American, people compare us to monkeys, and those charged with protecting us can shoot us with impunity. Even my own success is a double-edged sword, as my personal wealth serves as one more step in the propagation of the narrative that physical labor - in the form of competition for the edification of the white owners of the teams and the corporations that own the league, the arenas and the merchandising apparatus - is the only path to achievement for young African-American males.

“So ingrained is the idea of African-Americans as beasts of labor that to raise my voice against the racism that still exists - to stand not as a mule or an ox, dumb and complacent, but as a man with pride and dignity - is to court controversy for not being sufficiently ‘grateful’ to a white America that thinks service to them is honor enough.

“I imagine that if a cartoonist were to attempt to dismiss my accusation they would not be able to think of a scientist, a philosopher, an artist or a business leader who found success and acclaim despite the color of their skin, but would instead dredge up other examples of the ‘ uppity Negro.’ Those men stereotyped as race-baiters and troublemakers, known only for stirring up resentment among the good African-Americans who reassure White America that all sins racial have been forgiven and we are all now brothers under the same sun.

“It would certainly be embarrassing for them, that their attempt to undermine my  point would only reinforce it thanks to their own blind prejudice.”

anonymous asked:

Same anon about love: Just think of it like Martin Luther king! He showed everyone love. Yes he was murdered which was awful but the love he did made a difference! Why can't we all do the same thing?

Because it killed him and changed nothing. Stop using him as a gotcha against uppity negroes lmfao dont even speak his name if you arent black

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what is with all these uncle ruckus ass bitches making wack ass posts like “well since IM not personally offended by this then every one who is is an uppity negro I MEAN is a white person who has a Diversity Boner!!“ and then all of the whites consigning this bullshit like 1 blogger speaks for every POC or Jewish person on this website. Sometimes I think y'all view us as a hive mind or some shit It’s gotta stop diva

This came out a few days ago, but I forgot to post it at the time.

Draw your attention to panel three, because this is something that has been bothering me for about as long as Barack Obama has been in the national spotlight: the idea that it’s his job to cure America of its racist history, or that the perpetuation of racism is a failing of his.

The patently insincere line that so many conservatives have parroted goes ‘It’s such a shame that America is so divided. I thought Obama was supposed to be a uniter.’

Yes, blame the black man for being black and through his very existence and success inspired hatred in people already geared towards resentment of those ‘uppity Negroes.’ Blaming the victim has always struck me as a passive move, a hand wave to dismiss genuine concerns by pretending the universe is inherently fair and just and we all deserve what fortune deals us.

But this takes it to a whole ‘nother level. Acting as if you don’t understand that of course the success of a black man would invite hostility and violence from the wide swaths of racism still permeating the country goes beyond the self-delusion that no one ever suffers unjustly. This requires conscious, deliberate lying; to others, if not to oneself.

I don’t even know if I have to say this, because it should be so obvious that even someone as thick as Gorrell can intuit it, but here goes:

IT IS NOT THE JOB OF ANY SINGLE BLACK MAN, OR ANY MEMBER OF A MINORITY, TO TEACH WHITE PEOPLE TO STOP BEING RACIST.

It was never Barack Obama’s job to educate white people about shit that should be apparent, and the continued existence of racism in this country is a failure of America (white America, at least), not Obama.

As we go forward we’re going to see tons of discussion about Obama’s legacy. There’s a lot I approve of, a lot I disapprove of, and a lot where I think he failed to act one way or another. But the issue of race and racism in this country was never his burden to carry, and I would say that any ink or breath spent on assessing or grading his performance on it is automatically wasted.

I’m not surprised that Anthony Mackie is playing an uppity negro in that Black or White movie. Literally, people are tired of race, according to him, yet he is in a movie about race.

It is with great regret and consternation that I must report that it is 2016 and I just saw a white blogger defend the murder of Black fictional characters by remixing the age old white racist proverb of "we gave you uppity negros freedom and jesus what else do you want" with the new and fresh “BITCH you asked for diversity!” so you can’t ask for good representation too! This world can only be cleansed with fire.