Dear Black America, Stop Asking For a Seat at the Table

Dear Black America,

Imagine having all the things in the world to succeed. Your hair is versatile. You’re athletic. You have rhythm. You’re creative. You come in different shades and sizes. Your food isn’t bland. You are intelligent. You are talented.

Literally everything about you is copied and turned into trending topics, but instead of embracing it and seeing what everybody else sees, you would rather be up under your oppressor. You would rather whitewash your hair, clothes, the way you talk, your resumes, the schools you attend, and the neighborhoods you stay in, only to still be seen as a nigga.

I know, you’re oppressed. Ok. We’ve sung this tune for too long.

So what are we going to do about it?

I stopped trying to please white people a long time ago. Why? Because the various things they use to degrade us, they take and profit off of us. The perfect example of this is our music. Hip-hop was such an issue as it rose to popularity in the late 80s. America was in shock of “gangsta rap” and artists like N.W.A. Now we are crossing genres, which is great, but the moment it gets “too black” those “other artists” are nowhere to be found. It’s like when Miley Cyrus dismissed her hip-hop phase when things got too real.

You know who is really making money off of your favorite rappers? It’s not them. It doesn’t matter if they have a record label, everyone answers to somebody. The answer is white people. The same white people won’t hire you and will clinch their purses in your presence, but they’ll make money off of you. The same thing goes for sports.

Why are we still asking for a seat at a table when we are the table?

We indisputably hold all the power. There wouldn’t be sports without us. There wouldn’t be fashion without us. There wouldn’t be certain types of music without us. There wouldn’t be a lot of inventions without us. Granted, it could happen, but it would be pretty wack as I can only imagine.

Everyone knows our worth but us. This is why they are killing us, putting us in prison, oppressing us, and denying us. As long as we give them power, we won’t find our own power. Black people are holding black people back. You don’t like the treatment of athletes, buy your own league. You don’t like working for a certain business, start your own. There are black people just sitting on money, buying chains, and cars, and not investing in their own people, to get us out of this situation. It starts with us. You shouldn’t have to beg for anyone’s approval.

 

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Ke’andra Williams

Ke’Andra Williams is a Sam Houston State University graduate with a B.A. in Mass Communication. She is a blogger and YouTuber with an outgoing, strong, honest, and witty personality.

Ke’andra Williams

Ke’Andra Williams is a Sam Houston State University graduate with a B.A. in Mass Communication. She is a blogger and YouTuber with an outgoing, strong, honest, and witty personality.

4 thoughts on “Dear Black America, Stop Asking For a Seat at the Table

  • January 15, 2018 at 5:46 pm
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    Why are we asking for a seat at the table when we ARE the table. BOOM!

  • January 15, 2018 at 7:15 pm
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    Yes! We are every bit of the table. The entire foundation! You better say it!

  • January 16, 2018 at 12:46 am
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    Well said! So much of this country/world would not be if it had not been for us. We need to realize that and start supporting each other more.

  • January 17, 2018 at 1:46 pm
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    I agree, and I had to learn this. Forget begging you for a seat at your table. I’ve decided to just build my own.

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