So I have been having this conversation with a lot of people lately. For some odd reason, no matter what the struggle is, the privileged continue to have NO GRASP on what oppression is, what it means to be an ally, or how to just not be an asshole. So I decided to do a quick summary post on what allyship/wingman-ship really is and what it definitely is not. Privilege is not additive. So as an educated able bodied poor cishet Black woman in America I have to understand the importance of my cishet able bodied privilege and put myself in service of the LGBTQIA* and disabled communities. That means I use the proper pronouns and language. I decolonize & depatriarchalize my language as not to oppress members of marginalized communities. And most importantly I correct ANY and EVERY oppressive statement spoken in my presence NO MATTER WHO it is or WHERE it is said. Below are some rules that I have learned along the way and that I use EVERYDAY to ensure that I am being an ally and not a privileged asshole. Continue reading
Oddisee drops the official video for “Caprice Down” from The Beauty In All LP. Directed by Jeremy Ian Thomas, the video features the Hammer City Skate Collective – a crew of Long Beach grinders founded by Michael K. Green aka Blacc Mike, who was gunned down in 2005 in a case of mistaken identity.
According to Billboard, the Jimi Hendrix biopic starring André 3000 and directed by John Ridley, All Is By My Side, will make its US debut at this year’s SXSW. André 3000 was cast as Hendrix in 2012, and filmed the movie that year in Ireland. The movie follows Hendrix in the UK during two years preceding his major fame, 1966 and 1967.
This past semester I experienced a horrifying incident where the professor of the Readings in Feminist Theory course I was taking (a graduate course in Global Gender Studies) assaulted me in class in front of my fellow classmates. The professor is a White woman, tenured professor, & known for her Liberal Feminism in the department & subtly known for her White supremacist racism. While this professor did assault me & I reported it through the appropriate channels (the Office of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion…& I could write a blog post on why I have a problem with the name of this office), the university did what it does best: COVER ITS OWN ASS. While talking to a fellow graduate student, William Richardson, about some of the big problems with dealing with systems of domination while in graduate school & a student of color, we both began discussing how somebody needs to start leaving tips, suggestions, clues, and advice to fellow PoC and other oppressed groups (e.g. poor, disabled, LGBTQIA*, etc.). I had even discussed with a few fellow PoC graduate students the idea of writing a book about my experiences as well as the experiences of other PoC graduate students suffering under the oppressive thumb of academic departments and/or vicious professors. Continue reading