Outrage: We’re Not Your Monkey, Nigger, Niggah or Nigga
I want to believe that everyone who “accidentally” says, “nigga,” “niggah” or “nigger” because their favorite rapper says it, is sincerely apologetic.
That maybe my people are being a little too sensitive.
But then something happens and I’m drop-kicked back into reality.
He really just said “monkey this up.” pic.twitter.com/rqCU4cvcQH
— deray (@deray) August 29, 2018
This is not OK.
In an interview the other day, Florida’s Republican gubernatorial nominee, Ron DeSantis, threw two shots. First he called Andrew Gillum—his Black Democratic challenger —“articulate.” Then he followed up with, “The last thing we need to do is monkey this up,” referencing Gillum’s style of governing and its potential to interfere with Florida’s current progress.
If you don’t know what’s wrong with that then you’ve probably been hiding under a rock since the Civil War or just willfully ignorant. But to help you out, Ron’s statement sounds like, “Andrew is articulate…for a Black man” as if Black people are incapable of being articulate. And you should never, ever put “Black people” in the same sentence with “monkey!”
At the very least, using language that has and is being used to degrade Black people is irresponsible and ignorant as hell.
Now when someone like DeSantis—who has two kids—walks around his house or gives a national interview talking about other ethnic groups in a negative context, his kids are going to soak that right up.
And because people like DeSantis fail at being good teachers and role models to their kids and others across the country, the cycle of racism persists in America.
So nah, we’re not being overly-sensitive. Y’all just need to do better.
Because in case y’all didn’t notice, we’re teachers, too. And these kids are watching our every move.
Hope: Black Democratic Nominees All Summer ’18
Black people, mark this date. Hell, I’d suggest playing these numbers in tomorrow’s lottery, LOL!
This date has great meaning. 8.28.1955:#EmmettTill lynched. 8.28.1963:#DrKing delivers #IHaveADream speech.
8.28.2008: @BarackObama accepts Democratic presidential nomination in Denver.
8.28.2018:The Queen of Soul #ArethaFranklin lies in state at @TheWrightMuseum. pic.twitter.com/2EBPVe6ac3
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) August 28, 2018
And let’s also add Andrew Gillum’s historic Democratic nomination to this list of important events that have happened in the history of Black people in this country on August 28.
While August 28 is an eerily important date for us, I have to point out that this summer has been so politically dope for us—one that may go down in the history books.
So far we are winning!
But what I’m extra excited about is how these wins could change education for Black kids in America.
These candidates are standing on platforms that endorse the improvement of areas that, for some reason, have been an extreme “challenge” for educators and policy makers to overcome—early childhood education, parent empowerment and equity and mental health services for low-income, underserved communities.
There’s still a lot more work to be done.
Again, these are not endorsements. And I’m not so naive to think that things are going to change over night. But I am hopeful that we will get people in office who look like us, actually represent us and lead our kids to a better education.
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