said by white people who think they’re being accommodating, benevolent, and complimentary towards a black person. but are really being oppressive and also outing themselves as someone who adheres to essentialist notions about race and can only respect a person’s humanity if they align themselves neatly with whiteness. (via daniellemertina)
hahaha. my default response to this “whatever do you mean?” then you get to watch them squirm and dance around saying the only thing they actually mean “what i mean to say is you’re not stupid/ugly/loud/a grotesque bottom feeder like thoooooooossseeeeeee, ya know, real black people. the ones that breath.” then, when they finally say it, I go, “oh.” and stop talking to them.
i’m kind of worried that the harlem renaissance is dead. who writes about it anymore, other than scholars in the english departments across american universities? i’m a historian…so…if only literary critics are writing about my area of interest then I’m afraid we have a bit of a problem. though…
hahaha, then i slightly altered my search terms and now i can’t stop finding sources from twelve seconds ago and someone should just save me.
I got a cutie interested in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. If he reads it, he might can get it.