~ Ignorance and rewriting history.
I was watching a youtube video and one of the commenter pointed out: Who goes to Africa and names the most ancient human fossil which is of African origin, names this fossil “Lucy”.And who goes deep into Africa and names the largest water fall “Victoria” as if the water fall has no history and rich culture associated to it? Only a racist privileged bigot who doesn’t even realize they’re racist. And that’s how people slowly distort history and rewrite facts. Imagine if one of the earliest if not the earliest human fossil had a clear sounding African name, how would that change how you view yourself? To know your genetic makeup is African and the very fist people to be humans, the very first people who made humans were African, imagine how that small fact would change the world outlook on Africa and Africans? But that opportunity is denied to many by small yet monumental changes such as naming an African fossil after a white English woman and calling it “Lucy”. This totally REWRITES everything.
Who does all of this??
Well the same person that name the land of our ancestors ‘AFRICA’ after an Italian historian called Leo Africanus.
Even ‘African’ as an identity is TOTALLY constructed by whiteness. It is a concept alien to our people prior colonisation. None of our reality has been untouched or untamed by whiteness! Even what we see as ‘ancestral traditions’. Nope! It still amazes me when I meet black people who do not understand that we can literally not escape whiteness even in the depths of our identity so let’s just face it and confront it head on.
I have moved past the stage where I would fantasize for a lost paradise because that is just a denial of my present as a child of colonialism, with a Christian name like my ancestors for about 5 generations who lives in an Euro-centric world, speaks and thinks in Euro-centric languages with Euro-centric ways. To yearn for the past is just a denial of my reality, it is rejection of who I am today, how my ancestors have fought for me, how I am still fighting for myself. I cant change what happen and we should not I think do that because those scars in the history of my people made me who I am today. I can at best be aware of myself and the dynamics at play that made and are making me who I am and understand how even with the little power I have I influence and shape the world and go from there. I cannot yearn for past traditions to make me who I am - because let be honest, many of these traditions were very oppressive too - and I wont let a destructive system further alienates me, so I must accept myself here right now and decide who I am, who I want to be, where I am going and how I would get there. This is resistance/resilience through acceptance. It is in the present that we create and prepare the future. I mean life is a perpetual present. So if I look back or away it is just for inspiration and examples but self-determination start with I, right, now, it is being free of dogmatic concepts either them being from our ancestors or oppressors. As long as I am alive, my cultures i.e. how I make sense of teh world and interact with it, will be alive.
yes .. so many around the world are complicit in shutting up black women everywhere… so ucking many.. … so fucking many….. from the Arab slave trade to the tanslatantlic slave trade….
Real truth: It’s not that she’s ghetto, she’s too loud. Nope. The issue is that she’s a Black woman. And as a black woman she shouldn’t have a voice. Well, at least in the eyes of society that’s how it is.
Yeah, Unless she’s bending over giving you brain, shaking her goods (like those music videos), then she better not be saying nothing…her voice doesn’t matter.. only her body, just as she was used as a sex slave in the Middle East for 1300+ years, and sexually exploited in the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade for 400+ years, she hasn’t had her voice heard in a while, and it annoys you that she should speak, or choose to break this barrier. She must speak according to your dictation, or what she says is dismissed as irrelevant. That right there is the problem.
It’s not that she’s ghetto (do you even understand what that means anyways??). It’s not that she’s too loud either, or some other stereotypical notion you have going on.
The underlying problem with you is that she’s a Black woman.
End of story.
I exist, I acknowledge that I exist, I’m aware I exist, I sense my presence and my existence has a presence, and I exist without anyone’s permission. I’m only the extension of ancient presences. I exist because they exist.
Mixed messages 2
As women, our human worth is almost entirely tied up to our body and look. Yet if we openly show that we give a lot of importance to our look, we are deemed shallow, vacuous, superficial, high-maintenance, pathetic airheands with low self-esteem. ”Natural beauty … blabla blah ….”
Can i like, put this on my Facebook ?!
Yeah sure if you want to
potentially stupid question but, how is this misogynistic?
Nah, it’s cool. The whole ‘Nubian Queen’ thing is a whole other issue, considering you know Nubian people do actually exist and we aren’t all Nubian. They are a specific group in Africa and that also falls into the larger issue of ‘Afrocentric’ gone wrong. And in general it’s misogynistic condescending because it’s put in a context of a woman being able to articulate herself, as though her main intention was to have some ‘conscious’ man who claims to be listening think he can validate her opinion by coming onto her. Tired rn so I can’t articulate the power dynamics at play but it’s all off. Just prohibits people from actually being able to discuss things in certain environments because it’s merely a case for some “conscious” men to assert the very structures that they claim to be against. And tbh, it always ends up being that their voice and opinions are the thing that all the nubian sista’s must bow down to. ‘Cause I’ve seen enough women articulate points, and then some brothaaa comes along and gets all the praise and maybe he’ll do a spoken word performance to show how sensitive he is.
Also the Nubian Queen thing plays into the Good black woman VS Bad black woman for instance Lauryn Hill vs Nicki Minaj. It carries and set patriarchal and misogynistic standards for black women and is constructed around the same slut-shaming and body-shaming discourse as white misogyny.
I feel like I should change the name of my url, and have photo of a black man as my avi.
Bet money I’d have more followers and folks in inbox aching to talk to me.
Yo when people thought I was a man on tumblr, I had people taking what I said a whole lot more seriously and I had a bunch of new followers and that was only in the space of a few days.
What I find so hilarious is that a good chunk of the “conscious” black men on Tumblr have the most mediocre blogs. Hell, mediocre is a compliment. They have never read any texts by women. They are oblivious in regards to the black patriarchy. And they spit the rhetoric from the 60’s that needs to be deconstructed.
Step ya game up.
But don’t you know they got their ankhs and egyptology knowledge in check? The worst is when you come through and try and get all “yes Queen!” on serious ish. They ain’t worth a damn and tbh annoy the hell out of me. Oh, and then they start trying to go international with their knowledge and the only person they can drop is Frantz Fanon. I’m so over it but they get a hellu’va lot of praise
Thanks brother, you are so knowledgeable on issues.
So I read this post and I laughed for about 10 mins straight XD OMG There are soooooo many men like this on Tumblr ahahahahaha Their egos are going to be all crushed XD when they read this. That ankhs part was just a stab in the chest!!! Why?? XD LMAO
As for the 60’s mindset, I dont want to fire any shot against amazing black women who did so much for us but I think that the womanist approach that consists of protecting black men no matter what against white people might partly be to blamed. They know that we unconditionally have their backs so why check for us?? This is partly why black patriarchy is never de-constructed because we have been trained for so long to stand by them no matter what against white people. And this is how people get trapped in a false sense of unity and shit. We fight their battle for them but please correct me if I am wrong, I have NEVER seen black men demonstrating the same collective support to us as we have been giving them. The revolution what conceived as patriarchal in essence since the main threat is white supremacy without acknowledging all the dynamics at play that influence and shape its impact.
This is where afrocentrism failed so hardddd. This goes as much for patriarchy as cissexism, homophobia and all different level of privileges. With times it became a dogma feeding off caricatures and stereotypes instead of challenging them.