at 2:15PM on Jul 19
Redvispa, Thanks for this. I hadn’t read those earlier comments but I’ll go back and take a look. I think it’s an interesting story.
at 11:56PM on Jul 7
Hey jonie. I’ve honestly been avoiding certain comments on posts like this lately but Trent actually sent yours to me. As you say, “slaves were not free on the 4th of July.”
For me, that’s plenty of reason not to wish anyone a Happy 4th of July. I consider those slaves to be my ancestors, and I happen to know that Thomas Jefferson was a slaveowner and I also happen to know the story of Sally Hemings and their children. So, no, I don’t say “Happy 4th” and I don’t say Happy President’s Day either.
For you to say “no we weren’t perfect” is devastating to me. That’s how I honestly feel. When I hear people say they are truly “confused” about why blacks and whites who believe Black Lives Matter are angry right now, or they’re confused about why a black man or a black woman wouldn’t want to celebrate the 4th, it’s devastating. Slavery is not this horrible thing that happened in the past, and now everyone is working really hard towards repairing the damage. I see it as incredibly relevant to current events. And I’ve honestly grown weary of seeing and hearing people trying to explain that to the “confused.” At some point we all have to start taking responsibility for our own education—for our knowledge or lack thereof. I believe you sincerely wanted to hear my thoughts and these are my sincere thoughts. I’m devastated, I’m tired and to me the fact that we are still debating issues like this is very disheartening. That there is a “debate” over the very complicated significance of the 4th to black Americans is troublesome to me. Obviously I say this knowing many blacks do celebrate the holiday with no qualms but for those of us who aren’t waiving the flag, I don’t believe there should be any confusion about that decision.
at 8:35AM on Jul 6
Kiki1976, yes I was hoping that too. But I remember finding out about it because there were some articles written, reporting that the photo was taken down.
at 7:40AM on Jul 4
Came here to co-sign Brent. #Whipped
at 6:09PM on Jun 29
Hey guys! I was off the blog for a few days but I’m back—thanks for all the B-Day love! Y’all are the best!!!!
at 9:09AM on Jun 23
YAssssssss! Trent, I hadn’t seen it, but yes I see the Diana Ross look. This is excellent.
at 6:06AM on Jun 21
Erin E, thanks for sharing this. Great conclusion: “It’s not wrong to be white. Maybe a few people in America think so, but that’s it. What racial justice activists and those protesting in Ferguson do think is that it’s wrong to not scrutinize what race means in our society today — how implicit bias shapes everything from our neighborhoods to our economy to who gets to live and who gets to die when they’re doing nothing else but holding a toy. That’s what’s wrong. We don’t have a choice about which side of that equation we’re born on, but we do have a choice about whether we acknowledge the reality of bias and talk honestly — together — about solutions.”
at 6:21PM on Jun 20
SK, Lordt help us! Someone, anyone help us!!!!
at 5:44PM on Jun 14
Lauri, I’m now at ep 6 and I definitely see Big Boo playing a major role. Excited to see what she and Tucky get into!
at 12:55PM on Jun 8
Britt, ‘Is that really the world we live in that we promote her weight loss “secret” before promoting her charity?’ Unfortch, yes. Now, if she’d asked people to wake up hella early to talk about BeyGood I’d personally be a lot happier. This was, as nicole says below, pretty ridiculous.