Whom Am I Fooling? It’s Black Folks That Recognize Black Folks
Last month I’ve not been shy about Black History Month. I’ve shared my observations on how society at large has kinda been meh. As always it’s been us Black folks have give a damn about our influences, impacts, and rich history.
If you’re not Black and you did uplift Black voices and History last month that’s cool. However that’s bare minimum allyship in the grand scheme of things. You should be doing that year round without question nor by being asked to do so.
So I found myself speaking to a friend, a Black woman. I shared with her my annoyances with the first Black History Month of 2020.
Her immediate response? A hardy chuckle and the following: “How long have you been alive now? Why is any of this new to you? Only we really see each other”.
I don’t know why I need to hear those words out loud to be reminded of the obvious but I did. Our humanity, dignity, grace, and has always been something we celebrate and acknowledge for ages.
Whom is going to care more about the past, present, and future of Black folks than us? I always try to fool myself into thinking society may get to the point where it naturally recognizes its most marginalized. But that’s a fundamental lie because even getting laws to recognize people’s rights is still a matter of “time and legislation”.
Hell, did you check to see how the politics and its media coverage speaks about the “Black vote” overall? Spoiler: I didn’t like it because apparently we’re not seen a unique individuals.
Naturally, during Black History Month, I make a point to be more unapologetically Black than usual. From my work, observations, conversations, and what I help signal boost. I mean that’s a yearly thing but February is the month to be extra. As per my articles you’ll see I really don’t care if any is bothered by that. This is a part of affirming my Blackness in a society that functions to not care for it.
Still, Black History Month has to be the easiest month for all Non Black people. We already rightfully question your performative actions about solidarity and support. A whole month to make lists, host, and or speak about us? And you can’t even do that on a larger scale? That’s pathetic.
Yet as my friend told me, why am I looking for the impossible? How can I expect a society that often doesn’t see us until a ruckus is made to give a damn? It’s at this time I say you ask any Black person about last month. I’m sure they’ll mention very few platforms bothered to do anything outside a gesture here and there.
Is it too much to ask for you to highlight the most marginalized among you? To see the contributions and changes by Black folks whom are disabled and achieving in their careers? Is it too much to ask for a spotlight on community members whom although neurodivergent are still highly functioning? Is it too much to honor queer Black creators whose work represents the real world?
Hell, is it too much to ask for you all to acknowledge Black contributions that benefit your daily lives? I could go on but I think we get the point
Again, I’m fooling myself to expect society to acknowledge us like we rightfully deserve. Still doesn’t stop you all from using our words, appropriating our culture, and commodifying our likeliness for profit. So I suppose not giving credit to Black folks is just what you do.