If you carried yourself better you wouldn’t be treated as if you’ve committed a crime. Perhaps enunciating when you speak, wearing a business suit and ‘combing’ your hair works when you don’t have textured hair and black skin but such is not the case for those of us who live this life every. Single. Day.
Do people follow you around the store? Are people pretending as if they are trying to ‘help’ you when you are minding your own business? Do people assume you are ignorant? Are the police called on you because you decided to order your meal at the drive-thru window and eat in the parking lot? Do people assume and therefore speak to you as if you’re a willful idiot? If the answers to these questions are no, you shouldn’t be giving people who live such a life every. Single. Day. Pointers.
It’s funny how many people have so much to say about Ze Blacks but will NEVER and I do mean EVER make the same memes, posts, and articles about white people. Oh well, a lot of people liked my post. *Clicks on likes—clicks on pages—scrolls through posts—sips coffee to white supremacist messages and calls to killing blacks* Yep. Sure. Okay. They should be able to speak their minds but by sheer virtue of existing and being black I should be shot and killed.
This issue highlights the normalization of stereotyping black people. It also highlights this idea that white people are incapable of being malicious criminals. When we make these blanket statements about entire groups we don’t care that the people pertaining to those groups will respond or have a reaction because let’s be real. Quite frankly, what those people think is irrelevant to society. What we are doing instead is calling negative attention to these people and inciting hatred based on the idea that these people are bad.
This conversation wouldn’t be had if the same things happened to people at the same rate across the nation. To say such is the truth would be complete and utter bullshit, and you know it. Anything to excuse the mistreatment of black people. Literally anything.
Notice how no one wants to hear what a black person has to say about any of this. When a black person speaks on their own issues an argument ensues. Suddenly everyone joins hands to tell the black person how and why their own life’s situations are invalid and how the outsider’s viewpoints are correct. Those same people who make these shady posts pertaining to black people turn around and say that black people act as if they are victims which is interesting because so many outlets launch attacks against Ze Blacks simply because they exist.
If I wrote a post on white people right now folks would lose their minds. You people are always trying to throw the blame. OMG you’re trying to start a ‘race war.’ Oh my goodness, you’re a libtard because I have literally nothing of substance to say to you. Everyone always says bad things about us. This post is not fair but the one I just read dehumanizing black people is because I’m not black. But what about affirmative action? Well you had Obama!
It’s kind of weird. None of the responses are objective and none of them have anything to do with the point. The ownership of black bodies. You want to dictate what I should and should not do but then turn around and want to talk accountability. None of this really makes sense. Paternalism at its finest.
Watch the conversation surrounding what happens in my life turn into a debate on freedom of speech and why someone outside of my body and my home should have absolute control over who I am and how I am perceived. Watch the conversation turn into someone making assumptions about who I am based off a rapper that I don’t support and have nothing to do with. Watch the conversation turn into democrats vs. republicans. Watch the conversation be turned into who uses the word ‘nigga.’
© Kyanna Kitt