As a youngster, I was raised to never try to take anyone’s “time in the sunshine”. If credit is due, then let credit be due. If credit isn’t due, then I better make damn sure that I am right about that. Otherwise, as a human being, I should always let people get their proper shine. I am not a tree, so why should I block someone else’s sunrays?
This particular topic came to mind when I read the article Why I’m Not Here for #WhiteGirlsRock by Olivia Cole. She had to actually explain to people how it was asinine for White women to feel a certain way about Black women giving each other props and recognition TO EACH OTHER. She even had to break down the dominance of the Caucasian imagery of wholesome goodness in comparison to the Negroid imagery of foolery and sociopathic behavior. She could not understand the disdain for a positive show dealing with positive messages for Black women. In short, she didn’t want to be bothered by White women declaring their own shine at a moment that had nothing to do with them.
Oh, and you know Olivia Cole is a White woman right?
Her feeling the need to be compelled to even address the situation bothered me because, all in all, I am noticing that White America has an issue with letting Black America have its shine.
And I know there will be some White people (and Black people) that has something to say about what I am referring to. Well, let me break it down for you:
1.) Plenty of White people have an issue with Black people having a Black History Month. Never mind the fact that Black History Month is something that doesn’t cover the full foundation of Black history. Never mind the fact that having a “White History Month” would be the most redundant thing to have. Never mind that African Americans are typically marginalized to be looked at as entertaining uncouth field hands in the land of Caucasian saviors. There is White people that want to have an issue with it. How droll.
2.) Plenty of White people having issues with Blacks and the demand for justice. When the murder of a teenage boy turns into a conversation of Black on Black crime and Don Lemon’s misdirected No Talking Points, then you know there is an issue. You can’t even tell me any different. When you have BLACK PEOPLE asking the same stupid question about Black on Black crime (because they obviously haven’t done anything FOR or IN their own damn neighborhood) then you know there is a wide realm of education that needs to be had when it comes to Black activism. But I digress.
3.) The issue with Black America having ANYTHING that signifies us having our own: As soon as we do anything that enables us to be self-sufficient, then there is an issue with it within White America. I’m not reaching here. It happens WAY too much.
Here is the thing, though: White America isn’t in a position to try and equate them to our situation. When you have appropriated, colonized, and ransacked as much as you have in the history of the free world, what concern is it of yours to even worry about what the smaller, marginalized culture is doing? Put it like this: McDonalds should not want to concern themselves when people want to open their own burgers in the comfort of their own homes. It won’t actually harm you one bit. Nor does it have anything to do with you.
At some point, White America needs to leave Black America alone. You can have all the issues and viewpoints that you want to have. However, we (as a Black collective) are working hard to iron out our own issues and uplift ourselves. So, please leave the commentary out of it. It is not your concern as to what we do and how we conduct ourselves in a positive light.
At the end of the day, as I have quoted Phonte before, why rage against the machine when you can just unplug it?
‘Nuff Said and ‘Nuff Respect!!!