“This is why many black people are uncomfortable being in predominately white spaces.”
As much as we run away from the angry black woman label, few of us would deny that there are times when we are in fact angry black women, and that we are well within our rights to be.
Solange chronicled one such instance on Twitter Friday when she detailed how white women attempted to police her while at a concert with her husband and son in New Orleans. And because no one can tell the story better than her, see her tweets below, starting at the bottom.
See why being a carefree black girl is so hard? So often, even when we’re minding our business and attempting to simply have a good time, we find ourselves policed by those who perceive our joy as a personal affront. The same people who can so easily flip the narrative of privileged entitlement, which was clearly the case in this instance, into one of innocent victim because long-standing stereotypes of black people are far easier to believe than stereotypes about whites. As Solange beautifully articulated on her site, in the article, “And Do You Belong? I Do:”
You don’t feel that most of the people in these incidents do not like black people, but simply are a product of their white supremacy and are exercising it on you without caution, care, or thought.
Many times the tone just simply says, “I do not feel you belong here.”
And it’s for that reason that black women are so angry, and we have to constantly choose between being angry, black, stereotypical and putting others in their place, or letting offenses slide off our backs for the sake of the greater good and not proving such stereotypes right. Shout out to Solange for using her platform to not only speak out on this issue but demonstrate just how frequent such microaggressions are throughout the country.
Read the full essay here.