The Keys To “Success” Should Not Be Rooted In Anti-Blackness: On Internalized Racism And Despising Black Hair As Access To Employment

Reprinted with permission RELANDO THOMPKINS-JONES, MSW, LLMSW

Keys

When Toni Morrison said that racism keeps you from doing your work she was absolutely correct.

“The function, the very serious function of racism, is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language, so you spend twenty years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly, so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Someone says you have no art, so you dredge that up. Somebody says you have no kingdoms, so you dredge that up. None of that is necessary. There will always be one more thing.”
~ Toni Morrison

I was trying to be productive the other day when I came across this tweet from Steve Perry:
Steve

Although some “professionals” out here who work with Black children think they have their best interests in mind, their actions can do damage to the child’s self-esteem, especially if they have not addressed their own internalized racism and how it influences their work.

I’m calling for a stop to all these “experts” out here who peddle the idea to Black kids that success means becoming less of who you are.

“Experts” who tell Black children that their hair is unacceptable. You need to stop. And priding yourself on how many “lives you’ve touched” is nothing to celebrate if Continue Reading https://notesfromanaspiringhumanitarian.com/the-keys-to-success-should-not-be-rooted-in-anti-blackness-on-internalized-racism-and-despising-black-hair-as-access-to-employment/#comment-9278

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