Back in April of 2014, successful music producer & rapper Pharrell Williams told Oprah that “The New Black doesn’t blame other races for our issues.” Pharrell continued, “The New Black dreams and realizes that it’s not pigmentation: it’s a mentality, and it’s either going to work for you or it’s going to work against you. And you’ve got to pick the side you’re going to be on.” It’s funny reading this quote in context of what’s happening this week. This week we simultaneously celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, we cope with President Obama’s departure from the White House and we despair HIS eventual inauguration. With an unrepentant, out-in-the-open racist, fascist, vampire puppet becoming president, racism doesn’t seem like a dated concept. The idea that this incoming administration is going to work for us if we adopt the “New Black” philosophy seems empty.
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Fauxteps demonize homosexuality and terrorize the Black women who love and raise them. Fauxteps erase Black women’s contributions, seeing only themselves as representatives of Black culture. Fauxteps can be literally the worst. I didn’t know I had Fauxtep tendencies until a woman pointed them out for me. I couldn’t see them in my mirror. Part of the detoxing, part of awakening is to realize this. We MUST realize our part in the horror movie if we are to survive. I say this as a Black man, who will spend the rest of my life detoxing and unlearning the false ideas of “real manhood.” In order to not be a monster, I had to realize I am one. Everyone has a privilege that is the bane of someone else’s life. White women who feel the terrible effects of misogyny are still capable of refusing intersectional feminism and instead choosing to feast on the blood of men and women of color.
About The Author
Tarik Davis has a long history performing and writing comedy. He strives to cross-pollinate performance styles and audiences in all his work. Past experience includes performing for The Upright Citizens Brigade in NY, Boom Chicago in Amsterdam and The Second City in Chicago. Now based in NYC, Tarik currently teaches improv to children & adults. He writes and self-produces his own video projects, appears in commercial spots, and occasionally doodles. He can currently be seen on the hit BRIC TV web series Brooklynification and on recent sketches on Late Night with Seth Meyers (@tarikrdavis)