This whole ‘Civil Rights’ memetic apparatus has our people stuck on stupid. It has hypnotized Plantation Negros into thinking their history begins with slavery.
That’s why you always hear stupidity like: “The first black doctor” to do such n such and “The first black to graduate from college” and “The first black architect” and “the first black writer”. Straight. Mind. Control. Black people have been doctors, scientists and architects for thousands of years.
“I am a Black Native that can benefit from anti-Blackness because I look mostly Native. If I don’t say I am Black, I benefit from anti-Blackness. If I deny my roots, that is anti-Blackness. If I deny that I benefit from anti-Blackness, that is also anti-Blackness. If I don’t cherish Black people’s beauty in exchange for white beauty, that is anti-Blackness. Calling people we know by their race before their name (ie, Negra ________, La India________) that is anti-Blackness (and anti-Nativeness) because you’re putting their social rank before their humanity.
Anti-Blackness is a disease put in Latin@ cultures. People are so damn anti-Black that it’s normal to them. They don’t see it. They don’t CARE to see it. Some of you aren’t shocked about Zimmerman and some of you want to deny there is a problem.
You can’t call Zimmerman only white, he is a white Latino. What he did in Florida could happen in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and Panama, and the results would have been the same—he would have walked. You know this is true.
Look at the Latin@ media. Look at the roles Black actors are reduced to. Look at the comics, look at the cartoons. You will still see Blackface. You will still see Mammies. You will still see them posed as “ignorant.”
Anti-Blackness is real. There are Black people denying their Blackness because of the casta system. Black people are too scared to declare their roots because they could be killed, never get an education, or a job. PEOPLE SHOULD NEVER BE FORCED TO BE ASHAMED OF WHO THEY ARE.
I want to see folks discussing this because a seventeen year old Black boy should not die while white Latin@s are turning their backs on him and his family. Reblogging Trayvon’s pictures isn’t enough.”—angrybrownbaby (via reclaimingthelatinatag)
Race remains inscribed into and through the body, its reading an embodied and inescapable reality effecting how we are seen and how we too come to see ourselves. In her personal essay, Bedour Alagraa explores the elephant in the room as a Black-Arab and the traumatic tension that ensues…
“No, I’m not an American. I’m one of the 22 million black people who are the victims of Americanism. One of the 22 million black people who are the victims of democracy, nothing but disguised hypocrisy. So, I’m not standing here speaking to you as an American, or a patriot, or a flag-saluter, or a flag-waver — no, not I. I’m speaking as a victim of this American system. And I see America through the eyes of the victim. I don’t see any American dream; I see an American nightmare.”—Malcolm X (via socialismartnature)