>Non-blacks sometimes wonder why black folks are so sensitive and mixed up, often concluding that we are needlessly alarmist and reactive when the worst of our days are supposedly long behind us. This video sheds a little insight on our “sensitivity,” showing how our fucked-uppedness is so ingrained, it’s now an inside job where we ourselves help to keep perpetuating it (we can thank Willie Lynch for giving us the gift that keeps on giving). No offense, non-blacks, but blacks will directly understand what I mean when they watch this.
Non-blacks, look on and try to at least remotely comprehend how deep the scarring of slavery and racism cuts within our culture…it is very real for us. An entire nation was socialized to treat us a certain way for at least four hundred years, and they taught us to treat ourselves that way, too. Keep in mind we’ve only been truly free since the late 1960’s, and some people, including many of our own, have not developed the skills to counter those four hundred plus years of divisive, demeaning socialization and leap the mental hurdles that can hold them back as a result. Vestiges of this hurtful way of thinking can sometimes occur in the most minute ways (e.g., the dreaded “good hair” comments). It requires a full retraining of the mind, and can be very difficult when members of your own family a generation or two above still retain strong traces of this poisonous self-loathing.
This film short was done by a teenager, which makes it all the more remarkable.*
*I had a flashback and grabbed my ears to keep them from being burned when I saw that girl getting the straightening comb at the end. We are truly a bittersweetly triumphant people. We are gonna KICK ASS on Survivor: Race Riot…if there’s no Omorosa-type who causes our tribe to implode.