There is something that has been bothering me for quite some time now and I feel it is about time I get it off my chest. I'm ready to be called all sorts of funny and unnecessary names but I just cannot keep it in any longer.
Can someone please explain to me why this is actually a thing? You see, the reason I have a problem with this concept of celebrating black women for their outstanding achievements is not because of my undermining of their winnings but because we take away from said achievement and make it about them achieving in spite of being a woman.
Actually, you can substitute women for people of colour in general and the statement will still ring true.
It is true that as black people we have to work harder and we have to conform to the ways and customs of the white people. This was always bound to happen because of how we have been previously disadvantaged.
By emphasising the difficulty of the things people achieve, we are perpetuating a sort of inferiority complex we see ourselves as having because of our non-whiteness. It's like losing in a game and then complaining you had no chance of winning because the game was rigged against you. Yes, it wasn't fair and it would have been different if things were even but the sad reality is that it isn't and we've lost.
If the roles were reversed and we were in the position of the oppressors, is it inconceivable to think that we would deal with those oppressed in the same manner we are treated in?
We simply aren't as well-represented as our white counterparts. This is not something we should ignore but what I am saying is that we are highlighting what we are trying to escape from which is reinforcing it instead of changing it.
It's almost as if the things we are trying to get a stamp of approval instead of knuckling down and doing work that ACTUALLY makes a difference.
Rectifying this would need some measures that I think are beyond us because of the way the world has turned out. It would require the massive task of redistributing land and wealth but even then, we would still be playing a losing game because the skills THEY have acquired would make it possible for them to create another cycle of oppression.
What we need to understand is that this is exactly what was going to happen with the new way of thinking that comes with the progress of time. Not too long ago, it was unheard of for people of colour anywhere in the world to do anything noteworthy because we simply did not have the means to do so.
Now that we are in the process of being given these means, it isn't magically going to happen overnight. These things take time and we need to create an environment where our presence in previously white spaces is embraced rather than despised. It is much harder to swim upstream.
If we continue in this vain, all that will happen is that THEY will let a few of us into their circles while the rest stand outside waiting, shouting, demanding to be given the same opportunities. Before we look to push our middle-class agendas we should also start at the bottom and look to end poverty and increase levels of education.
This is then the problem of integration. We are trying to play the white mans game on black peoples terms. We need to decide if we are to simply allow for more people of colour to play or we should just create a whole new game for the future where we all benefit, albeit without any of the grandeur winnings.
That is why I have a problem with feminism, racism and all the other isms there are out there. Even though we don't do it implicitly, we are saying that one group is better than the other and thus reinforcing this implication through OUR actions which leads to these actions being reinforced by THEIR actions.
We imply a lot, even when we think we are saying the right thing.