SAY HER NAME
Questions loomed around my Blackness -- from my hair to my speech -- to why I wore braids and how I didn't sound like I was "black", but rather I "talked white." The nuances of racist rhetoric and daily microaggressions of being both Black and a woman -- a Black woman -- have been incessant, annoying and at times, dismaying.
Sandra Bland deigned to believe that she mattered when she stood up for herself. A savage anti-black justice system killed her in an effort to demonstrate otherwise. Because of this, our ongoing battle to seek justice for her death is essential for affirming her humanity and that of all black people.
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"The trailer for 'Chiraq,' in all its glitz and shock value, is arousing - but the premise of this film isn't." You make this a black-on-black trauma without taking into consideration external systemic factors. And to top it off, you place women of color as the barriers to these men's burdens. That's not original, that's just plain pathetic.