The week began with us scoffing at the absurdity of a white woman pretending to black and the media’s obsession over the idea of blackness; but only so far as it pertains to whiteness.
Then an unspeakable tragedy hit Charleston, South Carolina thrusting our attention to the world’s oldest African American church where 9 congregants were killed because of their blackness. Yet, much of the media chooses to address every other cause of this vicious act other than racism and the culture of violence that has persisted in this country as it pertains to blackness.
Is blackness and the vehement racism that black people in this country endure only worthy of attention and focus if it’s wrapped in white?
Pop Off of the Week: Jon Stewart
The Daily Show comedian is known for making jokes about the news and their absurd unbalanced coverage of various events and issues. After the shooting in Charleston however, Jon had nothing funny to say—instead he painted the very real picture about what terrorism looks like in this country. He began his monologue by saying “I honestly have nothing, other than sadness.”
Poliwood Round-Up: Trending Topics in the #BlackTwitterverse This Week
Trend of the Week: #CharlestonShooting
Déjà vu. Some days I wake up and read the headlines and wonder what year I’m living in—is it 1963 or 2015? 1963 was the year that four little black girls were murdered by a bomb planted by white supremacists at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Alabama.
In 2015, nine congregants are murdered in Charleston, South Carolina by a white supremacist that sat and prayed with them for an hour before opening fire at the one of the oldest black congregations in the South. History does not have to keep repeating itself.
THREE: Black Don’t Distract
The Nightly Show’s Larry Wilmore shuts down Fox News with his monologue. No, Fox News, the recent murders in Charleston were not about Christians—they were about black people.
TWO: Epic Final
With a score of 109-97 the Golden State Warriors claimed victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s been 40 years since the Warriors held a NBA championship title and with this win the drought has finally ended. It was a battle royal between Stephen Curry, Andre Iguodala and Lebron James one that will surely go down in sports history as one of the most exciting games in NBA history. Now, Curry, Iguodala and James were all brilliant but the real MVP of the season goes to Curry’s adorable daughter Riley. She kept us entertained with her press conference cuteness all of which I hope to see again next season.
150 years ago today an announcement regarding General Order No. 3 was made by Major General Gordon Granger on a balcony in Galveston, Texas, June 19, 1865: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free,” he declared.
This announcement was made some two and half years following President Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth became a spontaneous celebration of freedom across the Confederacy—which was usually met by violence forcing participants to celebrate within the safety of black churches. This year’s celebration is significant on too many levels given that another black sanctuary was turned into a battleground because of white supremacy—the every thing Juneteenth was celebrating the liberation from.