Remnants, Decay, and Ruth.
Serrekunda, The Gambia
what’s wrong w/ black girls being full of themselves… like where is the problem located
Naomi photographed by Mert and Marcus, Interview Magazine September 2014
I don’t believe in hate.
I find it interesting when people ask me if I hate white people because they really want me to care that I hurt their feelings. Please take your white tears somewhere else. Black people deal with hate and racism everyday because of the color of our skin, you can take a small hit by me saying that I am not the fondest of some white people. What you feel in that slight moment of your feelings being hurt which is actually more guilt is what Black people and people of color deal with on a daily basis.
I don’t hate white people. I don’t like white privilege, I don’t like white people that profit off of black culture, and I don’t like white people that deny the constant state of African Americans and people of color in this country because it doesn’t effect them.
White people love to ask why do black people hate them or why we are “racist” towards them (which isn’t even possible because you need to be in a position of power to be racist). White people have committed some of the worst crimes in the world. Imperialism, slavery, genocide, oh it never ends. My people were at the mercy of white people since 1619 and are have a lot of our problems in this country because of the setbacks we had to face because of white people. You wonder why I am mad. Affirmative action and a black president do not fix years of racism, dehumanization, a system set up to make sure that we do not succeed. What makes me even more infuriated is that my people are so hated but at the same time so imitated. Black culture is profitable, black people aren’t (well unless we are talking about the prison industrial complex but that’s for another day).
White people are in no position to ask why black people hate them. That is like asking the rapist asking the raped why do you hate me.
The white people I do normally like are very aware about the state of inequality in this country, they do not believe that since Barack Obama came into office that racism is over, they know about the different types of overt and covert racism (microaggressions and so forth) and they respect black culture. So they aren’t walking around saying “nigga”, dating black people because they think it is exotic, or trying to imitate black culture in any way shape or form.
Rick Owens Lilies S/S 2012
Photographer: Rick Owens
Model: Grace Bol
I love this man.