This week we found out that Beyoncé is on the cover of TIME and Lupita ( she is a mononym now get glad) is on people.
Knowing what we know about mainstream media, about capitalism , about the entire god damn game, This is monumental . Yes for representation but also for audience draw.I remember when it was supposed ” Black women wouldn’t sell ” . Glamour had employees tell BW about unprofessional hairstyles like afros and dreads… and now it’s the most beautiful in the world. That means that somewhere someone did the calculus of who they would draw, who would be excited , who was pushing attention and chose accordingly.
Black women are visibly important,black women need to be SEEN as visibly important. Brands, media, content and “intellectualism; wants to be SEEN with Blackness. They always want to consume it , to appropriate it but to be seen with it.
Something has changed and it’s important,troubling and so very real. Black women in channels non regulated by fear not just on social media have made their voices heard, have asserted a mastery , a presence publicly . Publicly people have derided,exotified,appropriated and disrespected that voice. Privately hands were wrung, emails are flying , discussions are desired . I congratulate Black Twitter. I congratulate Black acheivement , I also observe the struggle.Everything is shifting but people want to avoid acknowledging that BW played a large part of it.
This isn’t about wanting apologies or wanting ” some people on their knees” but about how we build power. Even with these acheivements , people are struggling to admit that black women and girls ( and not just the more palatable ones ) ESPECIALLY the ” toxic ones” have changed something fundamental about the way media moves. This is about how that recognition ferments and fosters power.How tactics to make that invisible not only remove things from the historical record but deny agency to make positive changes in BW lives. This is about what’s next.
Beyonce I’ve written about . What interests me is that Sheryl Sandberg writes ( or is credited) with her write up. Sheryl Sandberg whose Lean In media campaign is dogged by the observations of it’s calssism and racism. A Lean In touted by a feminism who has gone to infinity and beyond to DENY Beyoncé as a feminist . Schisms and articles have flown ( one by me) llinking the vitriol against Beyoncé. No matter what else I think this is MASTERFUL for Sandberg , to take an emerging maternal diverse feminist ( and now covergirl) and mae her an eblem. Feminism , leaning in now not only looks like a black woman ( one of it’s largest critics) but the most influential woman in the world.
It will be harder to speak about the whiteness of Lean In , it will be harder to attack the classism and the solipsism, but it denies the material of how Black women used media to challenge that.
This is Poynter reporting social media by Black women. Using it for hit counts but wanting the challenges and corrections to be private. Black women can push media , can be used ,can provide hits but fixing the public damage must be private. It’s noticing that much of media since that has changed how it reports and how it interacts , but BW didn’t do that?
This just happened.
This is Planned Parenthood and MSNBC getting told about themselves in not differentiating between women and BLACK WOMEN. And changing it ever since but not noting who made that happen.
This is all those entities coming together to mine BW spaces and thoughts, but not understanding ( mostly just not caring) about Black women’s safety or space or consent in doing so.
This is about what happens now the net is not neutral . About Chait and Bundy believing that black people must always do more when liberal intellectual and feminist organizations don’t want to admit or acknowledge what Black people do. This is about BW having higher grad rates, lower drinking rates and bigger social involvement rates and having AA be struck down>
But Time will and People will and Orbitz will be in a black hashtag in moments
Black women, whatever else right now ? Take your bow and protect your necks.Social media take your bow, protect your necks . Black women ON social media . We may not agree about anything but we are powerful and .. I hope your ready. No one else may say it but people know we are change the word
This is about what’s next
This is literally ALL of black tumblr.
lmao he looks like phil dunfeyFoul? Really? Sorry ass fucker.
I really thought it was Phil dunphey loooool!!! Omg.
Oh you wanna talk about basic??
I am sad
I am angry
Because this doesn’t look good, it doesn’t feel good
this movement(s) isn’t going to last long.
Not like this
I was at CLPP
And it was good
It’s one of my favorites
And they are saying there in these spaces
What we say online and in twitter and tumblr and livejournal
Asking the questions
Lack of support of orgs on the ground
Academics using us to get ahead
Orgs disconnected and uncaring
They are asking these questions at plenaries ,keynotes
From the center of the country to overseas
I don’t or rarely go as “BLACKAMAZON”
but I notice
That most of the people who say I do nothing aren’t here
And the people who do everything?
Let the world know
Can you will you.
Another org doing good work has closed.
It focuses on the same people accused of doing nothing online
Our workshop is mostly young WOC , theatre is not something they learned as healing . No one says it’s safe to be a black girl. No one gets angry , no one says they can fight back. No one sees human through the armor.
The founder of reproductive justice doesn’t worry about her legacy.
She worries about getting Obamacare.
No one is angry about this though I say it three times online .
Everyone is mad when we make Eve Ensler cry.
" we waste bullets on our allies"
how does that deal with the antiblackness
The poor ness the queer ness
They learn and love us
The leaders from the orgs , the next generations and allies ? despite the one picture all WW .
People want to know how to pop hashtags because it may be all they have left .
Another thinkpiece on why hashtags are terrible , it will not mention the orgs thankful that it may get more people or is all they can afford.
Someone who does ” work” is in one of our workshops. we whisper ” we must love ourselves” she cries and cries till we have to lay her on the ground.
This is the only space someone says that
I guard her like a lion
Online had taught me well
It’s been eating at me .
A gnawing sadness and question since CLPP.
I loved CLPP it’s great make no allusions to other wise.
But … The end feels nigh .
For feminism as we know it.
Let me tell you plainly , that everything we talk about on twitter on Tumblr. From LJ to hashtags
The disrespect and disconnection of major orgs to women, the focus on the coasts the almost cynical use of our lives as hit points with no support
" make someone’s story safe in your mouth"
I don’t go as Blackamazon not as a twitter expert or a tech whisperer . My bio is one line
But everyone wants that.
Let someone know we are here
I notice how few of the people who say I do nothing are here and how many who do are greatful I care
The public strongly backs affirmative action programs on campus.
Anonymous asked: Prop 8 would have still passed and made same-sex marriage illegal in California if every single African-American eligible to vote registered & voted against Prop 8. That's how strong white support was for it.
of course.. but folks don’t wanna hear that because it’s easier to do what this society has always done… blame the black people… How can you look at the legislative body that passes this legislation (mostly white and male) and say that it’s black peoples fault that the legislative body of this country has passed some extremely anti-gay legislation… It’s lazy and it’s cowardly.. but lazy and cowardly = white people.. so i guess it makes sense..
Why i STIIL haven’t forgiven Dan Savage or Will Wheaton
my nigguh my nigguh
Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic
The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.
An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.
For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.
It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.
That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.
This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…
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This is the kind of shit that gets civil wars started.
Are any of us surprised by this? People have been saying the same thing for a while now.
…well maybe we will actually have some revolution.
So Princeton needed how much money to figure out what POC have said for years
Driver, lower my tuition please. -
I don’t have enough money for my basic needs.
Working 40+ hours just to pay my rent
Now I don’t even have a single cent
Tuition is high, I gotta pay for…
Driver, quick hon, you gotta go so fast
Driver, quick hon, you gotta go so fast
I’m being chased by creditors from mah academic past
Took 8 to 10 years just to get this job
And I aineem taken on as full time, y’all.
I’m so weak