When did people ever make jokes about Columbine or any other time when white lives are in jeopardy? A big “Fuck you” to all of you that find Ebola that’s killing Africans to be “funny” and a convenient punch line in your sordid lives
People making jokes about Ebola (myself included) aren’t making the jokes because the victims are African, we’re making jokes to lighten the mood of a terrible issue that could be affecting us soon. People make jokes about Columbine too. Get off your high horse and stop thinking you’re better than everyone just because you can’t take a joke.
This is how white people operate. I can stand here as a Nigerian-American and tell a white person that I literally have family members working as doctors in a Nigerian city that has had a documented case of ebola, and where my younger relatives had the start of their school years pushed back by a whole month due to ebola, and where people are literally living in fear and you can sit here and say “get off your high horse” and that I should know how to “take a joke.” The senseless cruelty of white people will never cease to surprise me at times, but I know why they do it.
They do this because black life means nothing to them. Black pain and humanity are abstractions that they simply cannot grasp. The only way they can relate to us is from a point of dehumanization and domination, and there is no middle ground. They go about telling lies that tragedies affecting mostly white people (e.g. Columbine, Newtown, Aurora shooting) etc. aren’t given special weight in our racist society and that by and large any “joke” someone would make about these events would be seen as tasteless at minimum, and as if most times when this happens the people (rightly) get vehemently called out.
Black tragedies and the brutalization of black life in this country on the other hand are sources of amusement before the white gaze. After the Zimmerman verdict, the white neighbors of one of my black friends shot off fireworks in a show of their cruel disregard for black suffering and pain. It was all funny and a source of celebration for them.
And remember this from Halloween last year?
Similarly when Mike Brown was lynched by police in front of his community in broad daylight, his body was left in the sun for hours. His dead body was a spectacle and a form of dehumanizing amusement for the white officers before being bundled off in an unmarked black van in an act of terrorism and psychological warfare against the community. Effectively they were saying with a wicked smile to the devastated members of his community, “Step out of line and you’ll be next *chuckle*”
This is how lynching operated historically as well. White people would gleefully gather to watch the execution and brutalization of black bodies, even posing with these bodies in pictures after the fact and ripping off body parts to take home as souvenirs and gifts for their loved ones.
Lynching a perfect time for a date too (as we zoom in a bit closer on this picture) to the young white couple holding hands:
And so it goes in Africa too where the mutilation of black bodies was a form of entertainment for the white gaze as well:
Today this addiction to images of black African suffering emerges in the poverty pornography exported as yet another form of spectacle by Western international “development” organizations as part of the white savior industrial complex. And if its not that dehumanizing image of black Africans that is created as a form of titillating pornography for the white gaze, it is “jokes” about Ebola, Africa and other forms of suffering we endure.
So spare me with your obtuse, racist ahistorical bullshit, white boy. You may delight in black suffering, the pain and fears of my own family members in cities literally being affected by ebola as we speak but I’m not going to stand for it.
"We had a lot of trouble with western mental health workers who came here immediately after the genocide and we had to ask some of them to leave.
They came and their practice did not involve being outside in the sun where you begin to feel better. There was no music or drumming to get your blood flowing again. There was no sense that everyone had taken the day off so that the entire community could come together to try to lift you up and bring you back to joy. There was no acknowledgement of the depression as something invasive and external that could actually be cast out again.
Instead they would take people one at a time into these dingy little rooms and have them sit around for an hour or so and talk about bad things that had happened to them. We had to ask them to leave.”
~A Rwandan talking to a western writer, Andrew Solomon, about his experience with western mental health and depression.
From The Moth podcast, ‘Notes on an Exorcism’.
(Courtesy: Spiritual Ecology)
"All my friends have been killed, I’m sick of it."
- Protestor Jamell Spann yells at Ferguson police officers.
"She [Blue] does like her mother’s music—she watches [Beyoncé’s concerts] on the computer every night. But my album came out and I don’t know if Blue ever heard any of my music prior to this album—she’s only 18 months old and I don’t play my music around the house. But this album was new, so we played it. And she loves all the songs. She plays a song and she goes, ‘More, Daddy, more … Daddy song.’ She’s my biggest fan. If no one bought the “Magna Carta”, the fact that she loves it so much, it gives me the greatest joy. And that’s not like a cliché. I’m really serious. Just to see her—‘Daddy song, more, Daddy.’ She’s genuine, she’s honest, because she doesn’t know it makes me happy. She just wants to hear it."
- Jay Z
Vanity Fair, October 2013 (x)
Savannah residents seeking answers in the death of #CharlesSmith. Autopsy scheduled for today. This is one version of the event circulating on Twitter.
The first thing they put out about him after he was killed was he was a rapper who “glamorized violence” and all they could emphasize was his “troubled past.” They put up a picture of him that made him seem hard, but never bothered to put up a sweet one up like this. Meanwhile, some white guy down the street from me in the same city beats his wife to death and he was just “mentally unstable.” He is still alive.
The night Charles was killed, I had to call pop a lock and a drunk man came out of nowhere and made the pop a lock guy freak out, so he called the cops. About 2 cop cars came just to subdue the man (who was Mexican and wasn’t really causing any trouble. I tried to speak to him in Spanish so he could understand better and I kept calmly telling him to please go home. I felt so bad when they put him in the car. The cops just laughed it off.) The cops questioned me about what happened and were talking about how dangerous Savannah was that night and that they had to kill someone. All they did was laugh.
Savannah is known for this. Police brutality is rampant here. Troy Davis walked these same streets that led him to his fate. All they do is laugh.
FKA twigs took time to address the barrage of angry, racist tweets she’s had to endure since the public learned she was dating actor Robert Pattinson.
IS THIS REAL.
Theres no sun on planet earth
It’s all just fucking shade
Today, Ferguson is prepared to “keep it moving.”
I DIDN’T MEAN IT
girls in thigh highs
girls in summer dresses with floral patterns
When you can see the thong through the summer dress.
when you can see she aint got no panties on
HAPPENING NOW (9.24.14): The situation in Ferguson is escalating quickly. Protests continue, following this morning’s burning of a Mike Brown memorial, and another frustrating Ferguson City Council meeting.Looks like the same “antagonize over de-escalate” tactics are back online. Prayers to all those out in the street of Ferguson right now fighting for their right to exist. #staywoke #farfromover (PT I, PT II, PT III)
Bringing back the dogs, choppers, charging the crowd, attempting to bottleneck protesters into an area, AND live shots possible fired into the crowd… what the ever-living fuck is Ferguson PD trying to do?! We’re a month and a half into this saga, and they still don’t know how to de-escalate a situation. Pray y’all. That might be all we got right now.
Those “I am darren wilson” bracelets….