I’ve heard it all. And if the past designs the future, I expect to hear it all again:
“We need someone to stand by the door.”
“You’ve done time, right?”
“Hey, we’re having trouble with this guy. You can take him.”
“Don’t hurt me; I don’t have any money.”
“Man, you’re big. People must be scared of you.”
Being the recipient of such discrimination is taxing.
Black people have tried tirelessly to counter negative stereotypes while witnessing the threads of racism continuing to infect future generations.
I recall many instances when someone used my size and skin color to satisfy…
“Black people love to see Black folks winning, yet we are reluctant to unpack what qualifies as a win. If you don’t look at the data too closely, you might be convinced that a respectable level of representation has been achieved. Many of the TV series and movies that have come out in the past few years seem to have gotten the memo. And yet, in 2017, fewer than 20% of lead film actors were people of color. There are more Black directors now than perhaps ever before, but in a field that multiplies exponentially on a daily basis with…
“I’m a radio producer. I’m a stand-up comic. I’m an aunt, sister, and friend. But lately, it feels as though my identity as a Black transgender woman is all anyone can think about.
I knew coming out as a Black trans woman wouldn’t be easy. Three years ago, the world had to say goodbye to the child my parents raised. I was named after my dad, and Sherm was the shorthand version, which I kept. I chose a new first name, Morgan, because it is beautiful and bold. Selecting a name, however, was one of the easier parts of my…
“How could I have forgotten the “I” for my Nigerian name? Omitting the Nigerian parts of my identity was something I’d mastered in childhood and adolescence. I was certain that…
“Recently, a friend of mine asked me why people of color often get defensive when White people ask where they are from. She had a new friend whose heritage she was unsure of. She genuinely wanted to learn more about him and asked where he was from. Her question led to a disagreement, hurt feelings, and offense on both sides.
For people who don’t fit the stereotypical social expectations of an American identity — whether because of their skin color, accent, or any number of factors — this question can come up a lot.” — Bridgette L. Hylton
A blog from Medium about the fight against anti-Black racism.