In Sociology, this week’s module is on propaganda and marketing. For homework, we were asked to make a poster for an imaginary campaign either for a made-up product or a current social issue. This is mine.
(9.23.14) — Another morning in Amerikkka. Somebody thought it would be fun to desecrate the Mike Brown Memorial early this morning. I… I really can’t even. #staywoke #farfromover
Here’s a picture of some cops watching the memorial burn although there seemed to be no police at the scene when the fire department arrived.
There’s no reason why everyday social interactions or even important policy discussions need to be derailed by the perpetuation of racist tropes. By consciously examining and unpacking what’s really being said when there’s talk about black people, everyone can help ensure the discussion remains as respectful and productive as possible.
Friends, readers, ladyfolk, I believe we are being trolled. I believe we are being trolled by major newspapers and fashion magazines through a series of willfully ignorant and low-key racist articles where they attempt to completely erase black people from the very styles and trends that they created.
They must be trolling us because I simply do not want to believe that these people are as utterly stupid as they are making themselves look.
It was just a hot minute ago that Vogue looked a damn fool by suggesting that big butts are a new trend. They were followed by the New York Times and later the whole “urban fabulous” baby hairs debacle. Now, we have yet another major newspaper showing its ass. In a roundup of fall hair trends, the Los Angeles Times wrote a blurb about cornrows without mentioning a single black woman.You think they would have learned their lesson the first time around when Marie Claire wasdragged for tweeting that Kendall Jenner was taking “bold braids to an epic new level.”
Truly, it’s almost too stupid to believe that this is happening again. I won’t even insult your intelligence by explaining that black people have been wearing cornrows pretty much since we figured out we had hair because you are a person with eyes.
The very first—VERY FIRST—line of the article reads: ”Move over, Bo Derek.”
‘“Cornrows are moving away from urban, hip-hop to more chic and edgy,” says Reyman. “There were spiral cornrows at Alexander McQueen, and I did fishtail cornrows woven with fabric. I have also been incorporating cornrows into center parts and side parts. Just one cornrow or a couple on the side is really cool [as opposed to a headful], but they have to be on the right person with the right clothing. Obviously, McQueen is very gothic and strong, so that customer is looking for that Elizabethan or ‘Game of Thrones’ edginess.”
Why Shane Dawson Is Racist
- Why Blackface Is Racist
- The History of Blackface
- Blackface & Black Minstrelsy in Relation to Stereotypical Black Characters
- How Blackface & Black Minstrelsy Shaped White Perceptions of Black People Today
- Briefly Explaining Modern Blackface
- Brief Highlights of Cultural Appropriation By White Celebrities
- Brief Highlights of Modern Day Blackface By White People
This truth set me free
"I had always believed that I could do anything, and when you’re in school you can do anything. You can play any role, you can play any age, because that’s what you do at school. But the realization that they really didn’t make movies or TV shows about black women… I suddenly panicked. I just had this panic like ‘Oh my god, I spent all this time to do this thing that the industry is not set up for me to succeed in this thing.’ So I freaked out. I freaked out." - Tracie Thoms: Life After Juilliard
Idris Elba for Details, Septembar 2014 Issue by Mark Seliger