For the last couple of days, there has been a new photo challenge going around where you post three full body pictures and let your friends comment which one they like best. I rarely ever participate in those sort of things, and although my timeline was literally filled with people doing the challenge, I was amazed at the confidence that people held for themselves. Of course there were the ones that posted more that three pictures and some that used the challenge to attack and tear down others.
Anyway, I didn’t participate in the challenge, as I stated I rarely ever do. Despite that I didn’t try to deter the people that wanted to participate. This morning I work up to this variant of the challenge:
Now I’m guessing someone did this as a joke, but I missed the punch line. I DON’T SEE ANYTHING FUNNY ABOUT THIS AT ALL! NOTHING! I WAS LIVID WHEN I SAW THIS AND TO KNOW THAT SOMEONE BLACK DID THIS, PISSED ME OFF MORE.TOO KNOW THAT IT WAS A BLACK MALE THAT DID IT HURT MORE. HERE WE ARE FIGHTING AND STANDING UP FOR BLACK LIVES MATTER, CALLING FOR FAIR TREATMENT OF OUR BLACK SISTERS AND MOSTLY BLACK BROTHERS, BUT THEN THEY TURN AROUND AND MAKE HARMFUL JOKES ABOUT BLACK WOMEN.
I don’t know about anyone else but I’m offended. And we all know that if a person of a different race had posted or reposted this, we would be ready for war. Smh! We have to do better and as a black woman, I’m double offended. WE CAN’T TEAR DOWN OUR OWN BLACK SISTERS AND DEMAND RESPECT FROM OTHERS TO RESPECT OUR SISTERS. WE CAN’T SCREAM BLACK LIVES MATTER, WHEN WE DON’T EVEN CARE ABOUT BLACK LIVES.
OH, IT’S HARMLESS! IT’S JUST A JOKE! PEOPLE TAKE THINGS TOO SERIOUS! ETC. NO, IT’S NOT HARMLESS. WE ARE POSTING THIS STUFF ONLINE TO SEE AND THE RACISTS ARE WAITING TO SEE IT, SO THEY CAN JUSTIFY THEIR ATTITUDES TOWARDS US. THE ALL LIVES MATTER FOLLOWERS ARE JUST WAITING FOR AMMUNITION TO PROVE THEIR POINTS AND SOME OF US ARE GIVING THEM EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEED TO JUSTIFY HATING US, KILLING US, AND THINKING THEY ARE BETTER THAN US.
THE WILLIE LYNCH SYNDROME, AND THE CRABS IN A BUCKET MENTALITY IS REAL AND EVEN IN 2016, IT IS STILL VERY MUCH ALIVE. WHITE PEOPLE DON’T HAVE TO IMPRISON US, BECAUSE WE DO IT TO EACH OTHER EVERYDAY.
WHY IS IT SO DAMN HARD FOR US TO UPLIFT OUR SISTERS AND BROTHERS? WHY? WHAT DO ANY OF US HAVE THAT IS SO PRECIOUS THAT PLACES US ABOVE ANOTHER? YOU CAN BE RICH AND STILL GET PROFILED BY THE POLICE AS WE HAVE SEEN PLENTY TIMES. YOU CAN BE RICH AND STILL BE HATED JUST BECAUSE OF YOUR SKIN COLOR. YOU CAN BE RICH AND STILL END UP DEAD AT THE HANDS OF RACISM, BRUTALITY, OR INEQUALITY. THIS DOESN’T CARE ABOUT YOUR SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS, WHERE YOU LIVE, WORK, OR WHO YOU ASSOCIATE WITH. ALL THEY WILL SEE IS THAT YOU ARE BLACK?
WE HAVE SEEN PEOPLE CARE MORE ABOUT A GORILLA BEING KILLED THAN A YOUNG BOY WITH A TOY GUN, A MAN SELLING CDS, A GUY COMPLYING TO POLICE DIRECTIONS, A MAN READING A BOOK, A WOMAN PROTECTING HER CHILD IN HER HOME, OR A GUY HAVING CAR TROUBLE. WE HAVE SEEN WHAT THIS WORLD THINKS OF US, YET WE TURN AROUND AND TREAT EACH OTHER THE SAME WAY THEN WE WANT TO HOLLER ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT AND ALL THAT, WHY? CHANGE NEED TO HAPPEN WITHIN US BEFORE IT CAN HAPPEN ELSEWHERE.
I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY BLACK PEOPLE DO STUFF LIKE THIS. IT’S LIKE WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO PROVE? WHOSE ATTENTION ARE YOU TRYING TO GET? WHAT MESSAGE ARE YOU TRYING TO SEND?
SOMETIMES I’M ASHAMED TO BE A BLACK WOMAN, TODAY IS ONE OF THOSE DAYS! MANY PEOPLE WON’T GET THIS MESSAGE, BECAUSE THEIR EYES ARE CLOSED, BUT ONE DAY THEY WILL OPEN AND I PRAY IT’S NOT TOO LATE.