‘You’re such an Oreo’
‘I don’t consider you a "black" girl’
‘We’re complimenting you’ my friends tell me.
Each and everytime I stare at them in all ridiculousness because excuse me if I don’t want to be a food item of empty calories much like those empty compliments.
Once someone told me that they never eat the cookie part of the Oreo and only the cream because it taste better.
So should I be grateful that I’m an ‘Oreo’ because it’s ‘better’?
Should I be grateful that I don’t act fully black?
Because I’m black on the outside and white on the inside?
Because damn, would that be such a ‘terrible’ thing if I was a double chocolate Oreo.
Just because I’m well spoken and educated I have to be labeled as ‘white’ because a black person can’t be anything other than illiterate and ‘ghetto’.
Because I’m not ignorant and loud I have to be white.
Because being white is such a privilege I should be greatful that someone has the audacity to speak those ‘complimenting’ words to me. Because that is what white privilege is saying.
But where is black privilege?
And why is it such a bad thing being black?
Do you want me to wear your words all mighty and proud?
Should I scream up to the world ‘I ACT LIKE A "WHITE GIRL" SO THERE FOR I’M BETTER THAN THE PEOPLE I ORIGINATE FROM.’
I dont take that as a compliment
And if me being ‘black’ doesn’t sit well in your stomach, vomit it up and get over it.
Because I am not ashamed of being a ‘black girl’
I am not ashamed of being a well rounded, multi interest, educated and spoken ‘black girl’ who is making a name for herself.
I am not ashamed of myself.
And I won’t cling on to your words like it’s a golden trophy.
So take your so called ‘commending’ words and shove them back in your mouth and choke on them.
I’m not a white girl and I won’t be a reflection of you.
And if to gain acceptance I have to be anything other than my race, then I don’t want to be accepted at all.
Are you kidding??? This is amazing! Your so talented.(via ellusivity)
As the world looks on with horror at the growing civilian toll in Gaza, and Hamas and Israel consider the terms of a U.S.-proposed ceasefire, one young Palestinian architect is responding to the crisis through art. Gaza-based Tawfik Gebreel aims to send a message, in the “universal humanitarian language understood by all peoples of the world.” He is using photos of the smoke thrown up by rocket strikes and reworking the images with symbols of hope and unity.