Just Fine

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2011 at 7:18 pm

This week has been all about restoring/maintaining/strengthening/acknowledging Black women and our resilient spirits. Two events this week that have made the aforementioned tasks necessary are, of course, Pyschology Today‘s prejudicial post on the physical attractiveness (or lack thereof) of Black women (which I wrote about earlier this week) and a scheduled (now cancelled) appearance by “Shirley Q. Liquor” at Hydrate, a local gay bar here in Chicago. A testament to the power of the internet in its ability to mobilize folks, multiple groups, including one I was involved with, reached out to our networks and communities to call on Hydrate to cancel a two-night performance spot featuring Charles Knipp, a gay white male who performs in blackface and drag as “Shirley Q. Liquor.”

This Friday I am celebrating the power of the people. From the mass of outraged readers that held Psychology Today accountable, to Kanazawa’s article being taken down from the pressure, to the 120,000-strong student body at LSE calling for his resignation, to some amazing activists around Chicago and beyond disrupting misguided racist comedy, it is clear that we have a voice, and we have the power to demand it be heard.

As I shed the foolishness of this week, I’m calling on Ms. Mary J. Blige to remind us all that, despite the nonsense folks try to push on us, we are and will continue to be “just fine.” 

  1. This is exactly what I needed. It doesn’t directly correspond with your message of empowerment for me at this moment, but you speak even beyond what you preach my darling, and once again, you nailed it.

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