Stray Thoughts

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I. Anti-black Altruism

News stories that highlight “altruism” often maintain racist mythos.

A recent news story featured a (black male) teacher who gave a young, black student the shoes off his feet. On the surface, the newsstory delineates community, but as an ornament of the racist media, this feature is violent propoganda. The gesture reinforces views of blacks as “the have nots,” and altruism as seeking to even the scales. This behavior, of course, just balances the scales of racist perception as it maintains black people as the portrait of social deficit. 

This behavior is also seen in a disturbing trend in schools with large populations of black students. This trend takes the form of “sensitivity” in how it regards “Fatherlessness” as symptomatic for black households.  Despite its patronizing nature, this trend is too often perceived as germane “sensitivity” to racial “truths.”  To regard black families fatherlessness by default, is not empathy. It is to actualize white mythos at the expense of black collective integrity. 

Assuming that any child has one or both parents, or even has a home at all, should be generally regarded as an inaccurate assumption that lacks empathy. However, aligning these beliefs with race, is racist. 

II.  Black Consumerism and An Anti-Black Economy 

While non-black people get anti-hate crime bills, the black community gets the second installment of 2018 blockbuster Black Panther. This time, the sequel, which will  undoubtedly prove lucrative, will breathe life into western outlets depraved during the pandemic. 

I also want to point out that the film’s arrival at the box office elucidates careful systemic planning.

Just as in 2018 when the film debited on the heels of countless, systemic black murders, the sequel, Wakanda Forever, comes off the heels of broken promises and more black murder without social or systemic consequence. So, just like 2018, for two hours or so, a white man’s conception of blackness became an escape, an escape that funds an economy that continues to Lynch black people.

III.  Blonde hair, Black Roots

A disturbing trend that has become more and more apparent in the last few years is black women with their hair dyed blonde. From one of the prominent faces of “black lives matter” to black thinkers and white-appointed black beauties, blonde hair has become a staple. Additionally,  In just a little over ten years, it has become normal for black women to mask their appearance. Inauthentic hair has become a normal and expected component of the black female aesthetic, and inauthentic hair, like blonde hair, reinforces white beauty as a national nucleus all the while positing a beautiful black woman as that which is created not born.

Black beauty as consummated by masking personfies psychological warfare where insecurity not only becomes capital but becomes so common that it is not even seen as bad. 

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I don’t really have a resonant or poignant way to conclude this piece. All I can say is that despite the media’s superficial attempt to acknowledge this country’s inaugural sin, there is a dangerous dichotomy between what is said versus what continues to happen. 

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