On The Basis of Race

Image by: Rob Crandall Via: Shutterstock/WASHINGTON, DC, USA – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, during confirmation hearings, U. S. Supreme Court. 7/21/1993

As we get closer to the election, expect to see more posts related to politics and my opinion on how the black community can move forward as a whole and survive the next four years. 

Damn! 2020 just won’t let up. Amidst an impending economic downturn, global pandemic, and mass civil unrest across the country, things are beyond Michael Jackson Bad. This past Friday, we learned that Supreme Court Justice and trailblazer of women’s rights, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG), succumbed to her long standing fight with metastatic pancreatic cancer.

I know, I know, you are probably reading this thinking, ‘fam, what are we goin’ do now?’ First I want to express my sincerest condolences and say that RBG held on for as long as she could and her rest is well-deserved. Now, you might be shocked at my answer but, IMO, as a POC and on the basis of race, I think we need to continue doing exactly what we’ve been doing. Well actually, we could probably stand to turn it up a notch, but for the most part, the vast majority of us have been protesting, marching, voting, and standing up for justice both in public and in private. We cannot afford to stop anything that we’re currently doing, but we do need to press the gas to get more done.

Speak your mind – even if your voice shakes.

Maggie Kuhn

So many of us were shooketh by RBGs passing and that’s understandable. But, going back to my previous comment, we have been out here in these streets protesting, marching, and advocating for years now. The real question(s) that we should all be asking ourselves in this moment is how in the hell has that worked out for us? And, what else can we do besides the obvious? Perhaps now is the time to shift our collective mindset or consider a different approach. As tragically sad as the loss of RBG is to both women and greater society, black people as a collective will be okay because we have to. It is a requirement for our collective survival.

As this year has unraveled, I have seen more of us play into this fear narrative; jumping on bandwagons that simply do not have room to take on our fears. Seriously, Trayvon Martin was murdered by Zimmerman eight years ago. And, while many of us would like to believe we were living in a post-racial United States, especially given the re-election of President Obama, that was simply the calm before the storm. The murder of Trayvon Martin, IMO, was the reboot of the modern day lynching against black bodies in this country. It had never gone away, but with the advancement of technology giving us the capability to capture these murders and heinous acts on camera, it offered a new lens for things to be viewed.

 I think D.L. Hughley said it best in 2018, “The most dangerous place for black people to live is in white people’s imagination.” No matter what we do, we can never escape their imagination. Until they are ready to discuss their fear and dispel the narrative that links black people to anything but humans, we will continue to exist in a place that is traumatic, damaging, dangerous, and deadly for black people. What I need us to see and realize is that we have been living in danger this entire time. Think about it, white supremacy has NEVER gone anywhere, capitalism, racism, and all of the other ism’s are still prevalent. The difference is that the pendulum swings from side to side favoring one agenda over the other depending on whose in power. But guess what, that ain’t never been us, #forever44 only occupied 1600, but did not control ish! Debate me over that later. 

My point, we have clearly been drinking the kool-aid and are not as woke as we may believe we are due to a lingering sugar high and this obsession with representation politics is killing us! Why we continue to settle for representation without implementation is beyond my scope, okay! Before I get too riled up about that, I’ll make a mental note to dedicate a post to representation politics and keep it pushing. Political representation is akin to a companies PR department, but like I said stay tuned for that post. Now, while the passing of Justice Ginsburg is sad and for many on the left, it is downright devastating; we cannot dwell there. Legit, race has been an issue since the Mayflower. Even though the intent was never for us to adapt and thrive, we did, which is why I believe that black people, we will be okay. 

Image: GIF

Survival, resilience, the freedom to speak up in the face of adversity and challenge the status quo are what made RBG so notorious, loved, and respected by many. Guess what? Survival is in our DNA and freedom is our birthright. Somewhere, somehow, we got lost and picked up a lot of negative emotions and thought processes along the way. While completely understandable, instead of continuing to feed into these negative emotions that stem from fear and hopelessness; we can heed the words of RBG,”Don’t be distracted by emotions like anger, envy, resentment. These just zap energy and waste time.”

One thought on “On The Basis of Race

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back To Top