Classism[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Photo: lipstickalley.com[/caption] Alright fam, time to shut it down with the dismissive conceit that some display toward those they deem as "lower class" or dare I say, "ghetto." Rather than cringing in self-righteous embarrassment at your cousins 'n'em, how about allowing ourselves to exist, unapologetically, on the full range of the human spectrum? Or taking an active stance by mentoring and passing on whatever knowledge, access or privilege we might feel we've attained. Conversely, can we stop it with any internal beef, jealousy and/or shunning of those whose personal brand of blackness doesn't quite match our perception of what black people should look, act, talk or be like?
Religious discriminationPhoto: giphy.com Dear, some churchy black folks, I can assure you that standing in perpetual judgement and criticism of everyone who isn't you is the absolute worst, most counterproductive recruitment technique in the world. And some of you seculars out there, please chill with the intellectual disdain for those who choose to practice religion. If it doesn't hinder your life, liberty or pursuit of happiness, can we just agree to let folks live? Please and thank you.
ColorismPhoto: wacptv.ning.com Come on y'all...this argument is so tired that I can't even muster the energy to write it. Just stop it.
SexismPhoto: goodreads.com Women are not a collection of body parts. Women are not children to be trained, worked with or molded. Women do not increase or decrease in value based on titles (mother, daughter, wife, etc.) or roles in relation to men. Women are human beings.
HomophobiaPhoto: Reddit.com Prejudice and discrimination is wrong...but you're here in the huddle so you already know that.
#BlackTwitter dropeth thine knowledge. Get it how you live so long as we all understand net worth doesn't determine actual value. Photo: chicitychic.tumblr.com Alright fam, this list is obviously not comprehensive. We need you to continue this conversation. What other 'isms' or internal divisions do we need to abandon in order to get about the business of creating this more perfect union? Comment below.
I keep reading people on my timeline casually say, "winning and money trump everything." This scares TF out of me. There has to be more.— Latasha Kinnard, CEO (@latasha_kinnard) July 4, 2016