Tag Archives: politics of respectability

Let them live: Josephine Baker, Maya Angelou, and Rihanna as erotic and holistic

TweetLast week when I wrote about women telling their boyfriends to “check their bitches” my ending bio included an exasperated “Maya Angelou didn’t die for this shit.” And I meant it. When it comes to black women, the “shit” I’m referring to  goes beyond the defense mechanisms of scorned lovers on Love & Hip Hop. The [...]
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Statement about my “Age & Consent” post

TweetEditor’s note: Sesali made the decision to take down the original post. Here is a statement from her: My original post, about my experience with consent was an excerpt from something on my personal blog. It was a mistake for me to think that everyone would be able to clearly define what is mine vs. [...]
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Quick hit: “The logic of stupid poor people”

Tweet I cannot recommend this piece by Tressie McMillan Cottom highly enough. It’s about why people who don’t have a lot of money spend money on luxury items. Spoiler alert: it’s because they are people, too, even though plenty of Americans struggle to remember that. I do not know how much my mother spent on [...]
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Scandal and respectability politics: Olivia Pope is not setting her race or gender back by having an affair

TweetPopular reactions to Olivia Pope’s extramarital affair with white president Fitzgerald Grant reveal the (internal and external) racism of respectability politics and a sentiment of entitlement and control towards women of color’s sexuality. Tweet
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Quick Hit: Race, respectability, and the murder of Jonathan Ferrell

TweetOur own Mychal Denzel Smith has an excellent and, at some points, heartbreaking, piece on the murder of Jonathan Ferrell, the unarmed 24 year-old shot by police on Saturday for, essentially, looking for help while being black. Mychal explains, Ferrell had been a car crash and then ran to the nearest house to find help. The [...]
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