How many of you have heard Latasha Harlins?
*everyone is silent*She was killed by Korean store owner Soon Ja Du, which set off the LA Riots. Ice Cube did a song about her called Black Korea, predicting that riot in fact. Some of us know. And no, I didn’t have to look her up. I remember. I read the Final Call.
She was murdered over a damn bottle of orange juice that store owner thought she was going to steal. There were eye witnesses and security camera footage.
The store owner still got no jail time!
It’s not just an inconvenience to be followed around the store. You can be murdered if the store clerk decides to stand their ground. If you’ve been followed around a store before, let Harlins tragedy serve as a reminder of why you shouldn’t go back.
Don’t spend money where you are not welcomed!
This is a major reason why Korean stores were targeted during the riots, but of course news coverage was all “blacks are ruining their own neighborhoods for nothing.”
This is the issue with “POC solidarity” A LOT of y’all non-black POC are antiblack AS FUCK. You do the work of white people for them, then turn around and call us violent, angry, racist, etc.
This is why when I see posts of non-black POC trying to call out Black Americans for only focusing on issues facing Black Americans, I say a silent prayer for you to go fuck yourself.
Don’t expect Black people to be worried about your issues, while some of y’alls entire communities is built on a shared culture of antiblackness, and y’all murdering Black children. Bye.
Before I have answers I have questions:
In your reblog comment, why did you mention that you are of mixed race? I’m curious. Why does being multiethnic make a difference in whether you feel something is just or unfair? Was that to make your stance seem more valid or was the to serve some other purpose?
Okay, now answers:
I knew this was coming. I knew someone would come to me and essentially call me a hypocrite. I’ll admit I was fuming the first time I read this message but I’ve since taken a deep breath. You lucked out.
Firstly, I am not spewing hate and I think the insinuation that I WOULD “spew hate” is what upset me the most. I am not a hateful person. I do not hate that woman. I don’t even know her to hate her. “Hate” is not a word you can just assign to something you personally deem negative. She is simply an example, a figurehead.
For a few days now a post authored by that woman has repeatedly made it’s way across my dashboard. She posted a picture of a male friend, a white guy, with a large section of matted, unkempt hair with a caption that said something like, “see, white people’s hair does dread naturally” as if to directly refute the age old and valid disapproval of non-blacks with dreads by blacks with locs and other denominations of afro-textured hair.
Do you understand that since the moment we arrived here as cattle we have been discouraged from seeing ourselves as beautiful and convinced that our hair is dreadful? Do you understand that white people in power continue to make it unacceptable (ex. what’s going on in the army right now) for black people to wear their hair the way it naturally grows from their scalps? Manipulated or not? Meanwhile when their daughters and nieces want to seem more earthy and natural and cool they do this to their hair and say it’s the same thing. And if you take a look at her blog and the blogs of many other non-blacks with dreads you see no images of black locs, only other white people with dreads. Do you understand that? You’re not going to see Chescaleigh on their blogs. You’re going to see other white people who don’t have the painful memories of a legacy being physically beaten out of them. Our hair, our music, our food, our culture, our lives, our bodies, our stories get appropriated everyday.
And yes, it does sting when someone wants to touch my hair without permission or ask me how I did it. It stings when someone tells me they’re going to Florida and they’re going to come back as dark me. It stings when someone speaks to me jokingly in AAVE. But only white people have done those things in my life.
I don’t care how she or anyone else wears their hair. I care about how the idea of it causes even more erasure of my people and their culture.
I’m not hateful. I’m bothered. You ought to be too, mixed race or not.
People say “professional”
when what they really mean is “not having visual/behavioral markers of being poor, disabled, or culturally ‘other’”
which effectively shuts out of professional careers the very people who are most likely to be in dire need of income
I see your bullshit
this is why cultural appropriation is fucking horrible. You take our culture, you take our labor, you take our spirituality BUT you don’t want us, our brown bodies.
fuck you, you don’t deserve anything.
No, you are not appreciating my culture when at the same time You are deporting us and oppressing us.