Hello fellow world zobopians! I took some time to gather my thoughts on the world…
Black people around the world are NOT invisible! We never were and we never ARE. If Black people were invisible white Europeans never would’ve wanted Africans as slaves. I think Ralph Ellison, (author of the book ‘Invisible Man’), was wrong. As I’m composing this blog post I’m watching a K-pop, (South Korean pop music), TV music show. It’s amazing how Black American culture is appropriated. Like Hip-Hop, R&B, rap, jazz and dreadlocks. Do Asians style their hair in dreadlocks? Don’t get me wrong, I like K-pop; going on 5 years now. (Seriously, you should listen to rap in Korean…it’s different.)
Other ethnic and social groups do the same thing when it comes to Black ‘cultural appropriation’. I won’t use the word ‘race’ because there’s no such thing as separate races among the human species. [Wow! All that to avoid saying the word, ‘race’.] By now you’re probably thinking how much do Black people appropriate? Personally I don’t know and don’t notice as much. But if anyone has been paying attention, when a Black person of any age does something beyond the norms of the Black social group, they are accused of…”acting white”. Like getting an education, what music one listens to, talking/communicating a certain way beyond the norms of the social group. I don’t even know what these “norms” are. One either knows them or not. It’s as if the Black social group is telling “we” shouldn’t act/talk/walk like “them”, but everybody wants to act/talk/walk like “us”. Our swagger and soul is up for grabs for the whole world and yet “we”, Black folks, should culturally isolate ourselves form the rest of society. How the hell does one do that? We as a people are too entangled with other humans to be isolated.
The whole world spends money and effort to isolate ‘themselves’ from Black people. Nobody wants to live by/near Black people. Nobody wants to hire Black people. Nobody wants to BE a Black person. They see US, they don’t want US.
Black people may ‘feel’ invisible but in reality Black people have never been invisible. Four centuries of slavery doesn’t make us invisible. When the police shoots an unarmed Black person, that person wasn’t invisible. When white people lock their car doors, Black people are not invisible. The reality is…people choose to ignore Black people. The world sees US, they just don’t want US…except our culture and money of course.
That’s all for now…I’ll SEE you next time…
P.S. I composed this post before the University of Oklahoma S.A.E. situation, so I’m guessing this won’t seem so dated.