My first post! So excited! Okay, moving along…
I ran into Sista yesterday minutes before she had her Black moment on the mall. It didn’t occur to me to give her a long goodbye hug, knowing that she might possibly be the last person of color that I’d encounter for the next hour or so as I participated in the Capital Striders weekly Smithsonian Run. Turns out there were 3 of us this week! New record!
This isn’t just a phenomenon at the Mall. Main Avenue, Hains Point, Mt. Vernon Trail, C&O Canal, Rock Creek Park. If there are white people out and being recreational, we’re not there.
There are plenty of Black treadmill creatures and spin cyclists present during my semi-annual trip to the gym but mention doing anything outdoors within the city limits to them and you might as well be asking them to throw flames on the Emancipation Proclamation.
It’s interesting enough being a Black woman in city “formerly know as” Chocolate City. If you live here you know it’s being rapidly gentrified. No surprise there. However, there is one place in the city that has never been fully “chocolatized”. That is the National Mall. You can thank the tourists for that. It’s funny, I’ve talked to African Americans who were born here who have never ventured down except for school trips back in the day.
Unless Barack Obama is being elected, there is a Civil Rights march reenactment, or so other event that is highly attractive to black folk, the Mall is very vanilla. Don’t get me wrong…I love white folks too. I’m happy about the visitors to the Mall from out of town spend here in the District and what not…blah blah. I just find it funny that when I go to the Smithsonian museums, stroll the mall, or visit the monuments…I see a handful of black people (many of them working security in the buildings). However I can walk 10 min in any direction (except the direction of Georgetown and George Washington U) and the city is Chocolate and balanced again. It’s like going to Virginia. lol
Anyway, I had a “Black moment” at the Lincoln Memorial yesterday. I walked there from Union Station…don’t ask me why, just wanted to walk. I saw about 6 other black people during my walk (no lie). There were hundreds of people out there, mind you (I saw like 6 softball games, lots of people exercising, and tons of tourist groups). I get to the top of the stairs at Lincoln Memorial and watch for 10 min to see how many people notice the “I HAVE A DREAM” engraving noting Martin Luther King’s name and the date of the march. It notes the place on the stairs where he gave his historic speech. Guess how many people noticed it. 2 children.
Now, to their credit it’s not as pronounced as it should be, in my opinion. Hey, I think Obama should do something about that.
I remember when I first visited the Memorial that spot on the steps was something I looked for. The image of King standing on those steps looking out at thousands gathered in the name of civil rights is burned into my psyche as an African American. I wasn’t looking for that engraving, didn’t even know it was there. I just wanted to stand in the place and look out over the reflecting pool and think about that day. Why? Cause I’m black, and moments like that mean a lot to me.
Maybe that’s why not many people noticed the black history upon which they stood yesterday. Maybe I shouldn’t expect them to care, but I do. I find that I’m having more and more of these moments in this so-called “post-racial” America.
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I couldn’t have said it better myself so I’ll let these guys break it down
From GOP’s New Mascot—An Albino Dinosaur
What the GOP is missing: a DEMOGRAPHER
I have nothing against old white guys—I’ll be one soon enough myself—but is this any way to compete in an increasingly diverse democracy? The GOP is rapidly becoming a dinosaur. An albino one.
Whoo, can you say harsh? Hello Negro can.
I think this reworked GOP logo from Daily Koz says it even better.
No he’s not wearing a dress. Yes, Tyler Perry is in the new Star Trek movie. I won’t spoil it for you by giving you the details of his cameo. I know that some black folks who would have just waited on the bootleg may be motivated to see what is supposed to be a really good movie because their favorite cross dressing actor is in it. I say “cross dressing” with all the love I can muster. Come on, you know you love Madea.
On his blog Perry advises: “Don’t blink because you’ll miss me. Seriously, if you have to go to the bathroom forget about it. You’ll really miss me. So hold it … LOL.”
Star Trek always had a diverse cast so I was expecting all kinds of lil cameos and what not. Real cute…good job.
I would love to see Madea in a Star Trek parody movie. Tyler and Seth McFarlane should get together with the Wayans brothers and do one. That would be one heck of a script. That’s for sure. Let Madea be the queen of the Klingons. lol
I usually don’t have a lot of positive things to say about Lil Kim. By the time I fix my mouth to say something positive about the sister…I see her is some Hooker uniform and I can’t remember what I was going to say. So you can imagine that I wasn’t the most optimistic person when I heard she would be on Dancing with the Stars, but she proved me wrong.
She did her thing on the episodes I saw. The girl can actually cut a rug. You wouldn’t know from her videos, but hey…she’s no Beyonce. That I know of, Kim didn’t cuss anyone out or make me think of any classic stereotypes (No old time Virginia pick-a-ninny costumes or banana skirts. Banana Skirt might have been ok, I take that back). She was so good that I almost saw past the damage and abuse that she’s poured on herself in the form of plastic surgery. Sad. Anyway…I thought she would make it to the final round. Sadly, she was voted off Monday night.
I think she got robbed. Really! I don’t know about yall, but I really think she did well on the show for the most part. We all know why TY is still on the show with his stiff self. We ALL know, America. You’re wrong, America. LOL. Give a girl from the BK a break, damn.
(Laughing at me defending Lil Kim. Wow.)