Good Grief! Watching Afua Hirsch debating...no sorry, teaching people what racism is on the Sky News talk show, was both exhausting and demoralising to watch. Simultaneously, watching a group of people trying to defend Danny Baker (who represents their own racist ideas) from a number of angles was pathetic and the most infuriating angle of all, was on the notion of intention...
So is this the new go-to now? Is the new defence strategy to excuse why somebody's racism - wasn't racist, just one excuse away in the form of wilful intention. In other words; did the person causing offence mean to offend you? Well, unfortunately for those who are flocking to this banner of 'I mean to take no accountability upon myself' your new strategy will lead you to a much bigger problem. If you do decide to stand by this flimsy rhetoric and if you propagate racism, especially as casual humour and you don't even know that you are doing it, then that simply confirms that racism is so interwoven in your society, that you are unaware of its existence IN YOU. Ultimately, you are a programmed robot who doesn't even know that they are a robot. You are unconsciously biased and all the facets that have gone into creating your ideology have been normalised to such a degree, that your programming to commit to certain beliefs and more importantly act upon them is your overriding software.
As for racism's defenders, they sleep in exactly the same bed as this bunch arguing for Danny. They too think they are being objective, intellectual and independent in their thought, but they are stuttering enablers, automatically defending the assailant because they immediately understood his message and it didn't appall them. Oh don't think that they didn't find the racist image amusing or funny, they found it funny...until they were told that they weren't supposed to. Up close and personal or from the comfort of your home, it is time to realize that many people do not want to change their attitude because just like Danny Baker, they don't think they are doing anything wrong and unfortunately, these very same people have never weighed or studied the consequences of black people being compared to animals. If they had, they would have reached the most devastating outcome of animal comparison, that helped lead to that thing called "slavery", I'm sure you've heard of it. You know, where for the sake of capitalism a decision and legal alteration of black people's human status was changed in order to classify them as 'sub-human' - something like a human being, but also something like an animal too. This then allowed so-called civilized people to strip them of any rights that 'real' (white) people had and go about stealing their lands, killing, kidnapping, exporting, raping and torturing them because they were not human and therefore not bound to the normal laws of men. I sincerely hope that this is not news to you...well where do you think the comparison to animals came from? It is a form of control-propaganda, social subjugation and humiliation.
A quick glimpse at the current nonsense going on...
CLARIFYING WHAT BLACK LIVES MATTER IS
THE RIDICULOUS LENGTHS POC GO TO, TO AVOID BEING SHOT
The Fallacy Of The Term 'African American'
BLACK NEIGHBOURHOODS THAT WERE DELIBERATELY DESTROYED
THE SHOCKING WAY PRISONS MAKE MONEY
THE REAL REASON SLAVERY ENDED
THE TRUE ORIGIN OF RACIST NURSERY RHYMES
THE COMPLEXITIES OF THE SLAVE TRADE
RACISM IN CHINA & WORLDWIDE ECONOMIC MOVEMENT
I never, in a million years, thought I would be writing an article about hair. But I am sooooo tired of hearing story after story, about black woman being sanctioned at work, over having natural hair. From the get-go, let us be honest about the whole hair affair; it isn't about wacky, inappropriate styles being worn at work, the real issue is about the hair type; the afro, which ultimately means, it's a subversive attack on displaying anything deemed culturally black.
How can natural hair, the hair that grows directly from out of someone's skull, be classified as unprofessional?
The real issue of natural hair has nothing to do with professionalism or ability. The 'it's not a professional look' excuse, is about erasing as many elements of you, that project an Afro-Caribbean / black heritage. It's about how your presence affects the members of your company and how they believe the companies image will be effected socially, not professionally. If you couldn't do the job, you wouldn't have been hired in the first place and whether you are a truly valued member of the team or just hired to fill in an ethnic quota, diversity for some companies, only goes as far as your skin being black. Every other thing about you, better reflect the status quo.
What Isn't Being Talked About
At its core, this whole stupid saga is about enforcing institutional snobbery and the bridge to get there is through a disguised racism. Firstly, and it's kind of a biggie - is that amongst some companies, there is a seemingly blatant disregard for the actual existence of other civilisations and cultures. And as wholly ridiculous as this is, companies are telling black women, that they should alter what is naturally occurring, in order to look more like the white majority. That's the crux of the contention right? That if black employees have the cosmetic characteristics of a European, then their look is 'professional'. But I say, if you can't even acknowledge that people from around the world have physical differences, then you are not fit to engage with human beings, until you have completed some sort of orientation: Earth - The Planet Of Many Peoples by D'Lambert Attenborough. This is why some companies don't do diversity, because it means having to actually learn and acknowledge differences, which leads to watching what you say and do. Recently, I read an article (the article that sparked me to write this) that stated that one employer thought that a particular black female employee's hair was unkempt...but then I saw the picture of her and I was like 'Err...am I missing something?' It's sad to say, but the problem here is not unusual, there are many people (in and away from a working place context) who don't know diddly squat about afro hair and what I mean by this (and I've personally experienced this, even as man) is that a person who doesn't have any experience with afro hair, can't see the difference between one style to the next. They can't see whether a hair style is messy, well kept or anything in between. They think a weave is real hair and if you were rocking a level 2 afro one week and came into work the next, with a weave coming down to your lower back, they would think your hair grew really fast! There are too many people who don't know our hair, yet try to police it. Even throughout my early life, I've had the ignorance of what my hair is capable of being and doing, confirmed by the stupid-ass comments and questions surrounding it. And I'm a man, so imagine the foolishness that black women are going through!
"The bombardment of messages, that makes a minority feel like there is something wrong them, shouldn't be coming from a company."
"...why should an employer have the power, to make an employee forsake their own cultural, physical identity, that comes of their genotype. This is a bonkers request...".
People in countries like Jamaica, India, China and certain countries in Africa, who all received significant, historical 'visitations' to no surprise are still skin bleaching, straightening their hair or wearing hair pieces/wigs/weaves with straight hair. Simultaneously, some of their diaspora element have carried those values to the new places in which they have landed, whilst additionally being in direct contact with the ideology makers. Now, disclaimer time - when it comes to hairstyles, I am not a stickler for what anyone should do, I think we should all celebrate the diversity of the hairstyles we could all have. But when a black woman thinks she is supposed to have straight hair, with no option/desire to display her natural hair, then we have a problem. Which majority black owned/run company, has ever told a white woman that her hair type is unprofessional and she needs to get an afro? None! Unfortunately, some of these notions are also being pushed by people of a similar cultural background too. They enforce the same nonsense as well as pushing children and grandchildren to marry white or light because the brainwashing worked generationally. In fact it worked so well, that children as young as 4 are having their hair relaxed, by parents who have drunk and bathed in the koolade. The overall ideology remains the same; an afro makes you bush, savage or unsophisticated.
Look! We all know, that there are codes and practices for the work place, nobody is campaigning for separate treatment, but we are talking about the vilification of a natural, biological function of the body. Imagine if you went to work one day and your boss pulled you aside and said "Hey Bill, your eye colour is unprofessional". You'd be like huh? Because Yes! People, this is the level of dumbness we are currently operating at. "Hey Bill, we need you to wear contact lenses, so that your eye colour is brown, instead of blue". Personally, I don't know anyone that can manipulate their genotype to change the function of their hair type, eye colour or height - do you? So why should an employer have the power, to make an employee forsake their own cultural, physical identity, that comes of their genotype? This is a bonkers request, for the fake excuse of professionalism. Unfortunately, the foundations, the cornerstone and more complicated parts of this particular racist, social structure, were built and put in place eons ago and so some of the people working the system, do so without even knowing. They will also be the ones reading this article not understanding what the hell I'm talking about. So all I ask is this; imagine if it were you. We're asking you to change a natural characteristic of your physicality, connected to your cultural heritage, an element of you that bares no effect on your ability to do your job.
The Incident That Shows That This Type Of Oppression Starts From Childhood
You have lots of choice...the illusion of choice, the choice that leads to
selecting 'us' rather than you. You are not allowed to choose yourself,
in fact, that option won't even exist, less we adopt your
style and make out, that we invented it.
Then that is a ok.
Having graduated from the Home Page, RC and IK are now embarking on their own blogging adventures to examine the world of social curiosities and romantic anthropology.