I was sitting in a classroom of a third-grade classroom of about 15 girls, all girls, when a girl asked me, “Do you have black friends?”
I said, “Yes,” and laughed.
The girl looked at me like I was stupid.
Her classmates stared at her blankly.
When I explained the question, she replied, “I don’t have any black friends.
I have white friends.
They’re all white.
But when I ask my friends about their black friends, I don’t get any black people.”
I thought about this girl for a while.
I wanted to laugh and say, “You’re being racist.”
I wondered if she had really heard about black culture or black power.
I wondered whether I should explain this to her.
When my mother was in a similar situation, she asked, “What do you mean black culture?”
I replied, It’s not about black people.
It’s about culture.
And the girl looked confused.
“You mean culture?” she asked.
“It’s the same thing.
Culture is how we think, it’s how we feel,” I replied.
“So how do you feel about black cultural culture?”
“You don’t understand culture,” she said.
“Black people don’t think like black people think.”
That day, as the girls sat on their knees and bowed their heads, I wondered how they would respond to a similar question.
Would they get angry?
Would they turn around and ask, “Why do you think we think that way?”
Would they shrug their shoulders and say to me, I guess black culture is fine, they don’t care about blackness?
I thought to myself, maybe it’s just that the black students in my class didn’t want to be black.
They didn’t think it was cool.
Black culture is a very complex topic.
It requires an understanding of culture as a whole, not just about black.
Black people do not always have the same experiences, but there are some universal rules that all black people follow: We are taught to look at blackness as an expression of who we are, not a form of self.
We are not taught to view blackness from the perspective of our own oppression.
We cannot see ourselves as black.
The fact that black people have this idea that black culture should not be seen as black culture means that blackness has become a universal language for black people, and that we are not necessarily the only ones who understand it.
If we do not see black culture as blackness, we may be unable to understand it or to respond to it in a meaningful way.
The idea that culture is black power is rooted in the colonialist and racist colonial history of colonialism.
Colonialists saw the culture of a people as something that they would use for the benefit of their own people.
They saw it as a source of power and as a way to oppress them.
Blackness as a universal value is also rooted in this colonialist notion of white supremacy.
Black history is not simply about the subjugation of black people in the U.S. and the enslavement of black Africans in Africa.
The struggle for black liberation has historically been about the oppression of black women, the subjugating of black men, the subordination of black queer people and the marginalization of black indigenous people.
And as we continue to challenge this colonial logic, we are also taking on the responsibility to understand blackness in a more human and compassionate way.
In a society that is often described as the “civilized” and “civilised-enough” to have a sense of “Black culture,” we can see how deeply colonialist ideas and practices still affect black people and how they affect our collective culture.
Black communities are not “civilizing” and they are not yet “civil-enough.”
They are, however, becoming more “civil” as we work to develop a more inclusive and equitable way of seeing blackness.
As a society, we must be more aware of our past, the present and the future to understand and address these problems.
Black cultural practices and symbols can have a very powerful impact on the lives of black Americans.
Black lives matter and they matter deeply.
Black liberation has always been about black lives.
It is also important that we remember that we do have a history, we have a way of life and we do matter.
And we must not forget this.