Here's a truth that's as American as apple pie: You're going to have a hard time convincing ~50% of WW to give up their promixity to the most powerful group in the nation.
The half that are already voting blue aren't economically or socially dependent upon conservative WM.
Oct 5, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
Also, for those talking about Black mythology "beyond" or "outside of" slavery & Jim Crow -- there is no beyond, or outside of. Those experiences were the crucible. Our myths and folklore were created back then, because our ancestors were fully human, and humans create culture.
Why is it so difficult for us to look at our enslaved ancestors fully in the face & see them as not only completely human, but extraordinary?
Why do we reduce their lives to mere survival? Flight? Suffering?
What about their dreams? Hopes? Stories? Imagination?
Oct 5, 2018 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
I'm not sure if Octavia Butler was Black American or if her folks were from the Caribbean, but KINDRED is sort of Shakespeare for anyone wanting to build a Black North American fantastic world. She dealt with the problem of slavery way back in the 70s.
Plenty of challenges for building a North American Black fantastic: 1) Slavery, of course. How can you build SFF while incorporating that? 2) Also, it's not North America after all. This place is Turtle Island & belongs to 100s of Native nations -- have to take that into account.
Oct 3, 2018 • 11 tweets • 3 min read
This was a follow-worthy Tweet. (Lots of thoughts about this.)
Honestly, this is why I spent time in #TheDarkFantastic examining the construction of race in the Western speculative imagination, and left Afrofuturism -- which I do value as a Black American, and a Diasporan -- alone.
Sep 29, 2018 • 12 tweets • 3 min read
Thread. (Those of us who came of age in the 1990s had better language & definitions, but the culture was the same as described in the 1980s. Assault was viewed as your own fault. The Internet -- and especially the social Web -- changed everything.)
(Trigger and content warnings, pls mute) The vast majority of women who came of age before 1990 did not have adequate terminology or definitions for sexual violence. *My cohort was the first to have them, but there were violent sanctions & even social death for women who dared.*
Aug 22, 2018 • 16 tweets • 4 min read
There were layers to what happened last week, though. I've supported the person who sparked it, bought her book, and just skimmed her response post over lunch. And... when I went to her talk, she definitely emphasized her home & community culture as a factor in her success.
Beyond a particular digital celebrity's ego, I think that these conversations deserves more nuance. Goes deeper than folk "wanting it both ways" -- they are both in a sense. Folks are from one culture; they're steeped in another. That's hard.
Aug 11, 2018 • 20 tweets • 5 min read
Watched the diaspora wars Grapevine ep last night (still no TV at Mom's lake house, lol); looked for a Tweet that captured my thoughts.
There's nothing I've heard Black folks from outside the USA say about BAs in 45 min away from 41 years that would ever make me throw them under the bus.
Given the horrors that continental & diasporic Africans have endured this half millennium? We get along just fine. 🤷🏿♀️
Jul 30, 2018 • 13 tweets • 3 min read
In the United States, you must tip your servers at restaurants, bars & other establishments.
It's also customary to tip others who provide goods & services, but servers here are paid below the minimum wage. The majority of their income comes from tips.
Expected tip is 18-20%. 20% is easier math. My grandmother's generation, as well as my birth dad (1920s & 1930s born) tipped 10-15%. It's no longer 1975. Tip 20%.
Some people make an exception for happy hour & tip server $1 per drink/appetizer. I give 20%.
Jul 30, 2018 • 9 tweets • 2 min read
As long as we allow a small group of humanity to dictate 100% of the rules & terms of engagement for The Rest of Us, we'll never win. (Actually, we'll prob go extinct.)
Repeating that LRT for posterity:
"They force people of color to drink from the firehose of their feelings about it."
(Wow. That's excellent. Once again, I have writer's envy.)
Jul 27, 2018 • 17 tweets • 4 min read
Fascinating. Absolutely fascinating.
*tries to imagine a world where I get to burn up energy because I was called "Black* *fails* vox.com/policy-and-pol…
That's weird -- you're White but no one can say the word?
(Is Whiteness like saying Voldemort?)
(Will we melt if we say it?)
(Will we disappear?)
(Why is calling White people White suddenly seen as violent?)
(Why is this country so endlessly weird? And not in good ways?)
Jul 25, 2018 • 14 tweets • 3 min read
A thought: One thing that makes me uncomfortable with "WM with the right policy positions should be favored over BIPOC & LGBTQ we can paint as centrist" is this.
White men have controlled this country since its Founding. What's stopping righteous WM from enacting this stuff?
That logic reminds me of the parable where the rich man asks Jesus what he had to do to enter the kingdom of heaven. And Jesus is like, go and sell everything you have, give it all to the poor, and then come follow Me.
And the rich man goes away sorrowful bc he just can't do it.
Jul 25, 2018 • 16 tweets • 4 min read
Loved this! Some of my details differed (no physical abuse), but I feel alienated from my UMC Black friends & colleagues *to this day.* Class matters.
And it's especially irritating when they're extra woke. Yelling at me about capitalist exploitation one day, and then, off for vacations, massages & facials the next. If you point this out? More yelling.
Jul 18, 2018 • 7 tweets • 1 min read
LRTs: While I don't ID as disabled, as someone with a few chronic health issues (including asthma & several severe allergies), I definitely know how ableist folks can be. (My God, the ableism.)
I'm not shocked by how crap our fellow humans are being about straws. How many "friends" and "colleagues I value" have laughed themselves silly over hearing about one of my allergies?
(I mean, unless I'm joking specifically about it... asphyxiation isn't fun?)
Jul 5, 2018 • 17 tweets • 3 min read
Generations in my family are like fire and water. Grandma & her sibs were fiery; Mom & hers were calm, peaceful & unassuming.
When I called my mother last night, I was like, "Why are your daughters like this?"
Her response: "You're your grandmother's granddaughters." 🤣😂
One anecdote among many: once, back in the 1950s, Grandma was a domestic for a employer who routinely refused to pay her, offering her clothing like an ugly used dress instead of her wages.
I won't elaborate. This is Twitter. But Elizabeth Brown got every damn cent she was owed.
Jul 4, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Well, I still love Kirk as a character. And I'm glad I got to see Shatner speak before now. I know who he is, and that doesn't ruin TOS for me. It can't.
I got to meet the actress who played my fave from that crew at SDCC 2 years ago. So I am *good.*
Black Americans are some of the best in the world at separating a flawed person from a message, an acting role, etc. A degree of magnanimity has always been required of us ("When they go low, we go high").
We let many things go. If we didn't, we'd get nothing done.
Jul 4, 2018 • 17 tweets • 3 min read
This crowd overlaps with the “fans” that want to sink Discovery. And many of us learned long ago that Kirk is a fictional character.
And it’s especially egregious when you come after vulnerable untenured Black women faculty. It’s bullying, plain & simple, and as @stichomancery & others have documented, some have honed their bullying skills in fandom.
We are professors of children's literature. It is a real shame when a icon of science fiction like William Shatner characterizes Black women professors as trolls, simply because we have informed opinions that he disagrees with.
I'm neither hurt nor surprised, just disappointed.
Jul 4, 2018 • 16 tweets • 5 min read
1. The tea is that Star Trek TOS was groundbreaking for its time, but is problematic from a 2010s POV, especially on gender.
2. Bill seriously needs to stay in his lane.
3. There are many racist Trek fans (& SF fans), hence the # of RTs. They want progress only on their terms.
Most of these people talking about Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and an award they didn't know existed until it was picked up by the media haven't read the books in many years.
Some never read them at all, and are only familiar with the TV series.