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When Your (Brown) Body is a (White) Wonderland


Because I “can ” relate to this well-written /well-expressed and carefully thought out post I’ve decided to re-blog this. Please be aware this a is HIGHLY charged topic. But with good dialogue & earnest desire to iron this racial matter out in our country; it can be discussed with respect and attempt to understand where her viewpoint is coming from. Herstory, her experience…And many Black women, including myself , have been victim to this unwarranted & unwanted type of behavior…Which is , by the way, considered sexual harrassment. ..Sincerely, Bernadette(Berna)

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This may meander.

Miley Cyrus made news this week with a carnival-like stage performance at the MTV Video Music Awards that included life-size teddy bears, flesh-colored underwear, and plenty of quivering brown buttocks. Almost immediately after the performance many black women challenged Cyrus’ appropriation of black dance (“twerking”). Many white feminists defended Cyrus’ right to be a sexual woman without being slut-shamed. Yet many others wondered why Cyrus’ sad attempt at twerking was news when the U.S. is planning military action in Syria.

I immediately thought of a summer I spent at UNC Chapel Hill. My partner at the time fancied himself a revolutionary born too late for all the good protests. At a Franklin Street pub one night we were the only black couple at a happy hour. It is one of those college places where concoctions of the bar’s finest bottom shelf liquor is served in huge fishbowls…

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3 thoughts on “When Your (Brown) Body is a (White) Wonderland

  1. >>UPDATE..There are 250 likes here on W.P. in response to Tressiemc’s post on this topic..That is the most I’ve seen of any FreshPressed piece here..I didn’t realize that Tressiemc is currently a PHD candidate; & since my eldest is also I can only imagine just how busy she IS…So because time hasn’t allowed for her to monitor/edit all of the responses to her post, including mine, I’m posting mine here..Thank God for copy/paste! My response is long-winded as is my style from timetotime..Especially when I’m HOT..And for the first time in my brief almost-year here at W.P..The response to this topic made me angry…Add to the emotions felt from reading the content of her post = I was on a very big rant flow..Keep that in mind as you read my response. Refuse to edit it because I prefer to keep things as real as possible.

    <>>Meander ON , Tressiemc! Sista, not only did you hit the nail on the head; you clobbered IT..Suffice to say as another Sista commented earlier? You hit a nerve..Obviously a very raw nerve..But YOUR truth is MY truth also; and also a great majority of other Black women’s truths…Sadly? It is the day after our country celebrated 50 years of so called freedom for ALL & progress from the racial ugly, overtones in which our country, THIS country, was built upon…But as Bill Russell said yesterday @ ..” You only register progress by how far you have left to go…” What is even sadder? To witness the ugly comments & negative backlash to your truth & your analysis of the Miley Cyrus debacle..Shameful I tell you, just shameful! Shame what a person will do for the mighty mean green..Even humiliate their entire family, ALL women…Her Dad’s comment? ‘She’s still my little girl..” Pfft..I daresay that she is little in “adult” experience..Including admittedly drug use…she is NO angel..And the only thing little about her? Is her body…She has the body of a 9 year old..No hips, flat chest, and certainly NO booty..And a very young, youngish face..I care less how old she is in actuality…Miley has the appearance of a very young girl..Which is why my 2nd thought? Was how if anyone found her mock porno act sexy HAS to be twisted & perverted…My 1st thought? Exactly what YOUR truth was..I just wasn’t going to post my true opinion here on WordPress..But since the cat is out of the bag>>

    Since I was a very young pre-teen(though I can’t say I’ve ever been fat nor overweight) ; White men have lusted after me…That is a fact
    I’m willing to bet is true for many Black women…From way back-in-the-day to the forefathers of our country that is TRUE. Don’t believe me; start with Thomas Jefferson and his slew of children from his slave.(that he mind you paraded quite openly in the same house with his wife) I won’t dig deep into my personal accounts with being lusted after by White men..But I’ve experienced the exact type of behavior you have…Something about adding liquor brings out more boldness..But remember that old adage about what is said about true colors come out when folks are DRUNK..The infamous “they” feels they have to keep trying with all their might to crap all over Black women; to heighten the desirability of White women…That “they” see US as beautiful and desirable and intelligent and creative as we ARE..Sadly? Obviously there isn’t confidence level in White women for the infamous “they” to LEAVE us out of it! Because at the beginning and end of the day??? WE don’t care cause we’re going to do OUR thing regardless..And without tearing anyone else down..We’re strong like that…Take mental notes; but why the hate???

    And for the couple comments I saw before I gave up on reading through the ugliness? FACT..Twerking IS and DOES have Black roots…Straight out of West Africa…and was born in America out of my hometown of New Orleans in the early 90s…IF you’re going to quote something ; do your homework first.

    Tressiemc? I will be re-blogging your post on my blog page…It IS brilliant. It IS honest..It is not your imagination. It is not make believe…And behind the Trayvon murder? Our country needs to be willing and ready to have open, honest, and respectful dialogue about race. Race still matters here in America. It has from its inception…And until folks can talk this out like rational human beings…It will take ALL of us to get this crap right…And it isn’t right because it still EXISTS. If you don’t or can’t relate to another person’s experience? Sit back in the cut , listen, and try to have some dang empathy! OMG …This is hurtful stuff being discussed and I read some really catty awful comments…Where is the compassion for another as a person ?
    50 years has passed since a great deal of ALL of our people died for equality…We’re from a country that boasts of being one of the richest countries in the world..And we’ve become a laughing stock! A country can’t lead that doesn’t first have its stuff in order…We’ve a very long way to go..

    2 thumbs UP on your write Tressiemc!

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    1. I hear you & the message..Though I can’t speak for anyone else; the author of the piece? She did begin with exactly that sentiment..She was shocked! that there was such a public uproar over the Miley incident..As well as the media displaying it all over the place..Personally? I didn’t even watch the MTV awards..It lost its appeal a long time ago for me..Strayed too far from its humble roots. I didn’t even watch the Miley incident until the day after..Because kept hearing about it SO much while reading my news online..THAT is the influence the media can /does have on us…Anyways, I digress..The author of this piece commented on how focus should instead be on things like potential war in Syria , but, I think it was still a topic so personal she felt the need to flow on about the deeper message behind Miley AND Robin Thicke’s actions. I’m so disappointed in Robin! Dig him as an artist & truly didn’t expect his to whore himself out in this manner…

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