window is a blog Maria Amidu started writing in January 2015. It is a repository for her random musings on significant and insignificant things…
“WE GOT THE FUNK”
(…and possibly the best hairdo on the planet)
I’M BLACK AND I’M PROUD”
“The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.”
…we all know what needs to be done just bloody get on with it!
equality in the name of the f**king game – real true visible actual every minute of every day equality not that tick box cultural policy you can earn less than me I don’t have black friends equality
we are so tired of that
“They are lucky black people are looking for equality and not revenge” Kimberley Jones, author
ever seen these words together in a sentence: black + fragility, white + minority ethnic…
EXACTLY, that’s how insidious this shit is
…to the people who keep lingering at the back, this is precisely the point, all lives do matter, so why do us the melaninated keep getting treated as if our lives don’t matter… Discuss.