I’ve spent the past couple of years thinking about the “twice as good” notion in the black community, and the bindings that we put on young black boys so that their country will not kill them. Of course “twice as good” ultimately means half as many arrive, and those who do receive half as much. Let us dispense with self-congratulation and great men. The question is not, “What did Jackie Robinson achieve in spite of racism?” It is, “How much more would he achieved without it?” An ethic of “twice as good” divorced from any complaint, divorced from history is “Go for self” and can have no effect whatsoever upon a justice system, upon voter ID laws, upon asset forfeiture, upon Wells Fargo. The masses of the plundered will never be respectable to those who plunder them. The essence of plunder is disrespect. They can never respect you. They hate you, sir.Ta-Nehisi Coates, on Kim Novak and being “twice as good.”
Ta-Nehisi stays putting my thoughts into words. I thank him for this.
Now I can explain to folks why I’m not “advocating mediocrity” when I ask why can’t black directors in hollywood make “just okay” movies, or why a “c-average” black student isn’t deserving of a college education.
how is ‘not seeing color’ the solution to racism, when the absence of color is white. reducing someone to a lack of color is essentially making them white. so then, color blindness is not a solution, it is in fact the very definition of racism. there is no such thing as natural ‘color blindness,’ there is only the desire to embrace or ignore. you are making a choice.nayyirah waheed
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In 2005, 19-year old army private LaVena Johnson, was the first woman from Missouri to die in Iraq, according to the Army, of suicide. Only after her family insisted on seeing photographs taken at the scene of her death did they realize she was found in her tent with a gunshot wound to the head, a broken nose, black eye, loose teeth, acid burns on her genitals (there is speculation that this was done to cover up possible sexual assault), and a trail of blood leading away from her tent. The army ruled that her death was a SUICIDE. Her father, a doctor who has worked with military personnel for more than 20 years, believes his daughter was raped and murdered. A documentary, “LaVena Johnson The Silent Truth,” their attempts to uncover the truth was released in 2010. There is a website with updates, LaVena Johnson and a petition asking Senator Claire McCaskill to investigate her death. As Cilla McCain, founder of Military Families for Justice asks, would this case by taken seriously if LaVena Johnson were not a black woman? Her parents have established a scholarship fund in their daughter’s name. Donations can be made to The LaVena L. Johnson College Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 117, Florissant, MO 63032
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By putting leaves of cabbage kimchi on a slice of pizza, you’re destroying the notion of the nation-state and unknowingly mimicking the ways in which many Korean American children took their first awkward steps into assimilation, one bite at a time, until they stopped using kimchi altogether…You look at a map of the world and point a finger to Mongolia. “Really good barbecue.” El Salvador. “Mmm, pupusas.” Vietnam. “I love pho!” When you divorce a food from its place and time, you can ignore global civil unrest and natural disasters (see: Zagat declaring Pinoy cuisine the “next great Asian food trend” this past fall as deadly floods swept through the Philippines), knowing as you do that the world’s cultural products will always find safe harbor in your precious, precious mouth.
Soleil Ho, “Craving the Other”
(Read this thing. You won’t regret it.)
Mashup of D’Angelo and Beyonce “Untitled Rocket”
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