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:
5Black Panther wasn’t as good as (insert any movie)
Look, the quality of Black Panther as a movie, or even as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, doesn’t matter right now. I’m sure many of us are quietly hoping it doesn’t suck and also very much looking forward to the next Star Wars movie. But this ain’t the time to inject your Anglo opinions on the biggest Black event since Nov. 6, 2008. We’re setting records to roll out to the cinema mob deep in a couple weeks, and the opinions of the cold-comb contingent are absolutely unwelcome.