And every day I wake up celebrating shit (Why?)
Naya Rivera was just arrested for domestic violence against her husband. Previously, Rivera was romantically linked to Big Sean, but the couple split and many believe Big Sean's anthem "IDFWU" was an open letter to his ex, who he was set to marry, but there were complications. Fast-forward to today, Big Sean is living his life and Rivera is currently dealing with a domestic battery charge. There have been mixed reactions elicited from social media, AKA millennial news. Big Sean seemingly responded in this shady tweet.
These allegations spark a conversation. Usually when discussing domestic violence, the focus is on women, since women are more affected by domestic violence. Following the revelation about Naya Rivera, some women laughed about it and said that her husband overreacted. This bothered some men because, had a man "laughed" about Chris Brown and Rihanna, the man would likely be crucified. Some go as far as to say there's a double standard when it comes to dealing with oppression.
“I pledge blind allegiance
That sounds about white...I mean right. With the current racial climate of these un-United states, many things weigh heavy on my heart. Then, as I was reading poems from Frank X. Walker’s “Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers,” I started thinking about this little thing we call freedom. In one of his persona poems, Walker compares the murder of Emmett Till to baking a pecan pie and it’s grotesquely painful - thinking about what Emmett Till suffered, what his mother suffered, and what we suffer.
That same day, I was talking in groupme with my organization Younge Black Artist Movement and someone asked, “What can a blind man see?” I wrote a poem in response to this query where I alluded to Walker’s poem because it hit me. The danger of color blindness is that we forget how race has functioned in society. Race shouldn’t matter, but unfortunately, it does.
Here’s my response to the question:
Is the All Lives Matter movement to blame for what happened at the University of Hartford? Oh, wait...that's right. They only pop up when Black people begin discussing Black liberation. When those Black kids brutally beat that mentally disabled white young man in Chicago, critics were saying it was a "Black Lives Matter" group, although BLM had nothing to do with that act. It was all part of a scheme to paint BLM as a terrorist group. Tomi Lahren once compared BLM to the KKK, which was an oversimplification of the movement. For one, the KKK was formed to instill fear. BLM is not a movement based on hatred; it is a movement based on the brutality that people of color face on a day-to-day basis. It is an iteration that Black lives matter just as much as white lives because this is not seen. Chennel Rowe, let's say her name, was the victim of a hate crime and the agitator actually admitted to it on social media. See below:
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