I’m not a Beyonce stan and I’m definitely not a fan of Kendrick Lamar (not because I have any negative feelings towards him I just don’t listen to a ton of hip hop these days) recently they both have had performances that have led some people to question whether or not they are racist.
Beyonces’ formation video was in my opinion full of black pride self love and appreciation, Kendrick Lamar’s performance at the Grammy’s was full of imagery and poetry that spoke to the truth, his truth, my truth, pretty much any person of color who has to deal with the establishment called government and racist America.
Because they spoke their truths, or expressed black pride they are now a threat to society. Some police are offended by the words spray painted on the wall in a scene of Beyonce’s video that read “Stop shooting us”, why is this something so terrible? Is there not truth in that statement?
What I don’t understand is why is it against the law for black people to show an ounce of pride in our blackness. It’s automatically taken as a threat to society, when Latinos express Latin pride no one harps on them, we join in and rejoice with them. But low and behold a black person says I’m happy and I love my nappy hair and wide nose, World War III breaks out. Everyone in this country except for the blacks that are descendants of slaves are “allowed” to be prideful of their culture and who they are;
African’s are allowed
Asian’s are allowed
European’s are allowed
Latino’s are allowed
West Indian/Caribbean’s are allowed
Italian American’s are allowed
Irish American’s are allowed
The LGBTQ Community is allowed
Shit “Rednecks” are allowed
But when it comes to blacks it’s as if a law has been broken. When I decided to wear my hair the way it grew naturally out of my scalp it was taken as an act (to some both black and white) of rebellion or defiance; when all I wanted to do was not harm my body by putting harmful chemicals on my head to stop my hair from doing what it naturally does.
I just want to know why is OUR pride so intimidating and why do we receive so much prejudice when it’s expressed.
It’s so fucked up that some other POC also feel some kind of way when we celebrate our blackness as if it lessens their pride.
I’m not surprised that I’m having this conversation, I’m just tired of having it…