To be Black in America is to endure all the aggressions – micro, macro, and thermonuclear – on a daily basis. It’s the cross we’re forced to bear to have immaculate rhythm and look good in colored suits.
Thing is, someone decided many moons ago that we’d spend one month out of every year honoring Blackness through respect, appreciation, historical reflection, well-cooked seafood jambalaya and, this year, making fun of Tom Brady’s MAGA-ass for losing the Super Bowl. It’s the one month where being at the wrong end of those aggressions might get you socked in the mouth.
One could argue that the current Black History Month is more poignant than ever, one year into a presidential administration that nakedly abides and feeds into racism; and just six months after a bunch of virginal white boys left their mama’s basement and took up tiki torches in one of the most publicized and organized displays of contemporary racism on American soil. Our nerves are raw, so white folks saying the wrong thing between now and March 1 might cause us to channel the spirits of the ancients and Chadwick Boseman to respond in a manner that might catch us a case.
White folks, take heed: here are seven things you shouldn’t say this month in order to avoid winding up on that Summer Jam screen:
6Well, there ARE good people on both sides of these things, even Charlottesville
Anyone fixing their mouth to suggest that we should’ve simply allowed a gaggle of sexually-deprived Nazis to exercise their constitutional right to “gather peacefully” should be clocked in it. We sit by quietly and politely during Aunt Polly’s Thanksgiving dinner-table diatribe about why we should just ignore people and they’ll go away, but that’s not gonna happen when white folks are openly protesting your right to exist.