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Do You?

The overall backlash that the neo-nazi, white supremacy, alt-right and KKK groups have received is amazing. However! And I’m sorry to be this person in the room … however some of you super righteous white folks that condemn white supremacy actually participate in upholding certain structures that empower these groups.

So let’s play a little game! Answer the following questions and see where you fall when it comes to certain everyday scenarios.

You may not be a white supremacist, but …

1. – do you clutch your purse when a black man walks by?
2. – do you assume that a group of black kids are up to no good?
3. – do you get annoyed at the presence of a group of black women because you think they’re loud and obnoxious?
4. – do you question a black cashier and ask for the manager?
5. – do you get shocked when the black cashier is the manager?
6. – do you think black people are stealing your jobs?
7. – do you think black kids go to college for free?
8. – do you think black culture is non existent?
9. – do you think hip hop is not real music?
10. – do you think black people are aggressive?
11. – do you think black people be “doing too much”?
12. – do you think black parents are abusive as a whole?
13. – do you think people would look better if they had lighter skin?
14. – do you think natural hair is exotic?
15. – do you touch black peoples hair, skin, etc in amazement?
16. – do you say the n word when around your white peers? EVER?
17. – do you second guess your black coworkers opinion or suggestion for no legitimate reason?
18. – do you think black people are ruining this country?
19. – do you let Uncle Bill talk about black people at thanksgiving?
20. – do you say every pretty black girl looks like Beyoncé?
21. – do you tell black people they look like the one other black person you know?
22. – do you rant on Facebook about injustices done to black people but not live by example?
23. – do you demonstrate the white savior complex?
24. – do you think little black kids need white teachers?
25. – do you ignore the governments’ historical and current plots to destroy and control the black communities?
26. – do you make fun of black peoples names?
27. – do you ask “well what did he/she do?” when you hear about a black person being shot and killed by a police officer?
28. – do you say all lives matter?
29. – do you argue that black on black crime is a real issue in the black community in response to BLM?
30. – do you reminisce about going to a “dangerous” inner city when you were young and rebellious?
31. – do you teach in an inner city but know you’d never send your child to school there?
32. – do you get drunk and start using racial slurs?
33. – do you ignore the fact that inner cities are typically in run down areas with poor air quality and high exposure to chemicals?
34. – do you tell people you’re not racist because you have black friends?
35. – do you say “I don’t see color, I’m colorblind” or “love has no color”?
36. – do you think black people are lazy?
37. – do you think black women abuse government assistance?
38. – do you think the confederate flag and related statues are just a part of American history?
39. – do you refer to MLK when you talk about successful black people because he’s the only one you know?
40. – do you judge all black people based on the actions of one black person?
41. – do you think the idea of cultural appropriation is taking it too far?
42. – do you refer to black people or neighborhoods as ghetto?
43. – do you think President Obama was the black community’s reparations?
44. – do you think black people are stuck on the past? i.e. slavery and segregation
45. – do you truly believe that the orange man is responsible for our country being divided?
46. – do you empathize more with the victims of the holocaust than victims of slavery?
47. – do you think black history month is good enough?
48. – do you think it’s wrong that BET exists?
49. – do you grow tired of black people saying they’re oppressed?
50. – do you negatively judge a black person because they’ve done well for themselves?
51. – do you think black men are criminals that’s why a lot of them are in prison?
52. – do you think racism is old and dead?

Oh believe me I have more questions, but if you can answer yes to any ONE of these questions then you sir/ma’am are apart of a larger system that oppresses black people. This isn’t just for whites, this is for all races. The point I’m trying to make is that if you want to be a part of changing America then you need to check yourself first.

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Race in Marketing: Shea Moisture

As a black woman, I’ve gone through many phases with my hair. Luckily over the past 10 years there’s been a huge movement for us black women to diss the popular portrayals of beauty and to love our natural hair.

Finding products was typically easy. YouTubers, bloggers and friends recommended products and brands and we created routines. Actually many of us included Shea Moisture products in our daily hair care routine.

We fell in love with Shea Moisture’s products; the fragrance, the naturalness, and most importantly, the blackness.

We helped build this company up. Raving about their ethics and products. Finally Shea Moisture, something black owned, began to feel successful … then BOOM!💥

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Shea Moisture wanted to defy odds, wanted to break down walls in beauty aisles, and wanted to be more “inclusive”. They released an ad with only one black girl with loose curls down her back and far too many white girls discussing their struggles growing up with their hair types. (Struggles … you’ve got to be kidding right?!)

I studied marketing during undergrad, and I’m all for expanding your consumer market. However, I’m not okay with a black brand practically erasing its blackness to become a more household name for white America.

Too often we’re taught to reject our blackness to be successful. But that cycle has to stop somewhere. I honestly think marketing is the perfect field to defy odds – however, business executives need to hire more people of color so our opinions are heard before the release of a stupid ass ad!

#MoreBlacksInBoardRooms

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Mr. Williams 💖

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I admire Jesse Williams so much for standing up and speaking his truth, our truth! I just wish more people with his platform or greater did equivalent work. Even more, I wish more of us regular people stood up. Similar to what Jesse said, we have to restructure this system ourselves and those who aren’t with us now will HAVE to get with it eventually.

I think a lot of people, especially those of color, are frightened to speak up. In my experience, I’ve been told that “this [racism] is just how the world is”, “you have to bite your tongue to succeed”, and the most upsetting “you have to play the white man’s game until you get where you want to go”. I think we are all aware of how wrong it is that the world operates by oppressing and marginalizing groups, but so little of us are brave enough to do anything about it.

Blacks are constantly ridiculed, put down and dehumanized, and are rarely ever praised for their contributions to the world or for their magical presence. We deserve more, but we have to fight for it.

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Be brave. Stand up. And fight. 

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Cats Against Catcalls

When walking down Magazine St. a few weeks ago, my roommates and I stumbled across a sidewalk protest asking men to stop catcalling.

Catcalling

make a whistle, shout, or comment of a sexual nature to a woman passing by.

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Growing up I never knew that catcalling was problematic, but through college I learned how catcalling was another way for men to engage in the male gaze and to also view women’s bodies as possessions. I used to think that it was a compliment when men tried to holla at me on the street corner. When I was younger, I would see the prettiest girls being yelled at and stopped on the street. So when it happened to me it was like an “aha moment”! I too was pretty.

Our society tells women that their self-worth  is based off of men’s desire to be with them. And this shouldn’t be the case.

When I get dressed in the morning I get dressed for me. When I put on makeup, that’s also for me. I mean, I do enjoy the compliments I receive every now and then – but I know that I’m pretty because my momma said so and because I think so. No but really, I am beautiful because I say I am. I don’t think men realize that their behavior feeds into this system that makes some women feel worthless without this attention.

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