Content Warning: Sexual Violence, Shaming, Misogynoir. I needed to respond to myself.
When we were coming up, we were dissuaded from immersing ourselves in these works because “Black people did not do this stuff.” We were sold a false narrative which led us to believe these types of expression were reserved for white people. Like swimming, camping, and going to therapy, geeking was another thing Black people allegedly did not do.
CONTENT WARNING: sexual assault, toxic masculinity.
Like, please? Can we do this? Immediately if not sooner?
In this self-reflective piece, Josh Odam seeks to reconcile his work with Black Lives Matter and his experiences as the son of a New York City police officer.
Hours after his bizarre interview with the Huffington Post, Josh Odam pens an open letter to R. Kelly’s addressing his history of sexual violence against young girls and the continuous and problematic support of the singer and why it is incredibly problematic for Black men to keep supporting him.
So what happens when you remove the child from such a nurturing environment to one where the administration believes the melanin in your skin is an indicator of intellectual inferiority? Not only that, how does one navigate through a labyrinth composed of racial slurs and threats hurled at you by your alleged “peers”?
The rise of “reverse-isms” are indicative of the current racial/political climate in the United States in that whenever a person of color or a member of an oppressed group demands resources which will help fulfill their needs as human beings, the automatic assumption is it has to be a zero-sum gain