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Tyrese tweets, the wrath of Black Klingon Jesus, afterhours clubs, racial profiling, voter ID fuckshit, Lauryn Hill concerts — the list is an exercise in perpetuity.
As a result of these unique challenges, we (Black people) have to find unique ways to cope. And one of the more popular ways to do this is to surround yourself with other Black people. Not even a Wes Anderson joint, but something you might see as part of a museum exhibit before you head to the dinosaur section.
This wasn’t the case with everyone but the undercurrent of their resentment was noticeable.
Since doing this can be difficult here, it involves some intentionality. I wouldn’t categorize any of that as racist, though. Let’s just say that I’ve heard (and know) enough jokes about cottage cheese to last 17 lifetimes. Weekly updates about all the pop culture, race & politics, Bougie Black People™ shit, and other grand tomfoolery we cover here on VSB.
It’s planning on going out Friday night, but making sure you end up at an all-Black nightclub. Just doing what other racial, cultural, and even gender-based groups often do. Sometimes, when you’re in these all-Black groups, surrounding and ensconcing yourself with Blackness isn’t enough. So…how is that kinda, sorta, but not really racist? Because its cultivated by a collective frustration of attempting to deal with and exist within pervasive Whiteness, not a belief or position of racial superiority or even a hate. Plus early heads up about new tees, new contributors, and our events.
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Check out his weekly podcast every Tuesday at The Sharpe Reality. When I moved to the South as a teenager I got a glimpse of race relations up close for the first time in my life, and one thing that quickly became surprisingly evident was the disdain black people had for white people.
Here in America, for instance, it manifests as a structural/foundational racism that permeates our entire country. So your best bet for survival is to grow a beard, befriend a Black chick with long locs and Hattori Hanzo steel, move to D. So, I’ve written ad nauseum about the unique challenges Black Americans have to deal with just to survive.
Or hosting a game night and/or potluck, and inviting nothing but other Black people. Sometimes you very specifically (I realize this seems like the same thing, but it is not.) And sometimes you don’t want to be around any White people because sometimes you need to vent about capital letter Whiteness. Sometimes it will be intentionally petty, insensitive, offensive, and kinda, sorta, but not really racist. Ultimately, it’s a relatively safe way of responding to trauma. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes.
In fact, sometimes you’ve searched for that all-Black space here and there,” right? With dramatized voices and impressions and references to certain stereotypes and everything else. You want to know why Jerome in accounting didn’t throat slam the manager who said something about “ghetto punctuation” in a staff meeting last week?
According to Merriam-Webster, racism is a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.
This base belief has led to myriad race-based social constructs and dynamics.
Because Jerome’s boy texted a joke about White people’s shins and smoked venison (don’t ask) that morning, and that gave Jerome enough fuel to make it through the day unfired and unarrested.
So kinda, sorta, but not quite racism is a form of self-care for Black people Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB.