STILL IN SEARCH OF An African American artist/ illustrator. I need about 25 images drawn for my new website. I would like to buy these images, and use them for promotional purposes, on t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc.
I would also be happy to give you a spotlight article on the new website once it’s…
When we say BLACK girls and BLACK boys must be protected at all costs, it is because society has shown time and time again that their/our lives, their/our dignity, and their/our future is of little to no importance to them.
We don’t say ‘ALL’ for a reason; ‘all’ of us are not afforded the same things, like justice. “All” of us are not seen as precious enough to be protected. “All” of us are not lost, stolen, or forgotten.
You step up and puff out the crooked ‘S’ on your chest and say ‘all’ when you’re already in that number. We speak out and say ‘black’ because we should be, too."
This is why I always say that SPECIFICITY is not “oppression olympics” for Black people. It is survival. Rejecting erasure through co-opt and generalization that ignores structural realties and anti-Blackness. Survival.
upfromsumdirt: for many, it’s not about political maneuvering - it’s just about coping, getting through the day with your heart and/or head intact. and most of us suffer silently while doing so. “america” is a game where it takes a certain amount of privilege to ‘win’ or even to be able to fully participate. advocates for the poor are often loud in their support, but america will never hear the actual poor and those who are the most disenfranchised while living in poverty simply because there are no mainstream channels for them to access. america only knows of its black citizens through what is portrayed in the media - statistically waaaay under 1% of the black population as portrayed in sports, the news, music, or reality tv… but that is not real life. those channels represent ‘black privilege’ wherein the more negative elements are crowned ‘the champion’. we know more about these images than we do our own neighbors. and this is why racism in the 21st century is as deadly as its ever been for black folks in america; we think the blacks that make it across our newsfeeds DESERVE whatever happens to them because it is nearly always negative. america only relates positively to blacks through tv commercials, which also will reinforce overused tropes about black people. in marketing, it only takes seeing something 4 or 5 times for the brain to begin accepting it as truth, “logical” cases that make it okay for us to feel a certain way about an entire mass of people we rarely see outside of our tv sets. and being liberal does not mean you’ve risen above it… even black folks are subject to believing what the media tells them about themselves. this is the only ‘trickle down’ that has ever been successful - the perception of the inner workings of what it means to be black in america. and it is wrong, oh so very wrong.
until we institutionalize our own cultural aesthetics we can not win the assault on the black body.
a physicality is needed that is representative of us as a collective, something that is multigenerational and can be passed down to others - hip hop was beginning to piece the various wisdoms together in the late 80s, incorporating stories, heroes, and lessons from the Harlem Ren on up. and this is key for any movement to be successful, from the Mau Maus to the tea party: control your narratives and learn to romanticize them - they told us it was wrong to romanticize africa back then so we stopped to focus on ‘reality’.
but the reality is this: at this point all we control are our words and if we fail at doing that then there is no other mortar available to bind us collectively no matter how fragmented our individual philosophies. all organizations are founded on fragments of various knowledge coming together for common unity and success.
Twitter user @ T_Haley8 (via reverseracism)
I have faith in the youth…especially the ones she influenced. Rip.
there are tons of other creatives already in the wings, the problem is that there are no longer physical, community-based outlets that push these talents forward into the light - nowadays, we become ‘internet famous’ at best, but still remain an unknown entity to the public at large. that’s the destiny of ‘fame’ in the future.