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Cleveland Cavaliers point guard and NBA champion Kyrie Irving threw a yacht party — high-end champagne, crisp blue water, bikinis, swim trunks, looped music, dancing. Add to this that a video went viral that appeared to confirm the rumor, and we have all the makings of a Twitter-mob ripping up social media — memes, torch, and all.
Another word for this is internalized racism — when the person or group begins to believe and concede to the stereotypes formed and spread about them by the dominant group. Believe at the marrow its ideals — about intelligence; about health; about spirituality; about art; about femininity; about beauty.
The tragic consequence of internalizing racism — and it must be internalized to be steady and effective — in a society firmly premised on organizing human bodies according to racialis witnessing self-hatred colonize and settle in the black mind, to see anti-Blackness grow, climb, twist around and warp the Black brain like ivy overwhelming a beaten and battered building.
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Once internalized, racism primes black bodies to be agents of their own devaluation and destruction, to carry out the work of white social order, to obsess over presumably white values. In white supremacist patriarchy, white women are premium real estate.
Though white slavemasters and Jim Crowers raped Black women with impunity, Black men could be lynched or dismembered for merely eyeing a white woman. White women were off-limits, trophies. They were looked upon as a superior femininity of a superior race boasting superior character traits.
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Every man longed for one. Every man pursued one — when he was financially able.
Whether or not this specific allegation against this specific black athlete is true is irrelevant. Black women, especially on the dark end of the color spectrum, written off as attitudinal, weave-obsessed and unattractive, are understandably infuriated at the notion.
This is what the Nine Simone fallout was about.
They are unmindful of the concrete manifestations of white supremacy. Antwan is an educator, cultural critic, actor, and writer for Wear Your Voice Mag WYVwhere he focuses on the dynamics of class, race, gender, politics, and pop culture.
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Pause here. Some context to the Twitter reaction to this allegation is needed. Especially, white women. Black men included.
Malcolm X went through his white women-as-goddess phase. King fell in love with German woman before meeting Coretta. Enough said.
All we can say is, for the sake of racial progress, we hope it was lots and lots of melanin. Featured Image: Flickr user [ense1] Post tags: interracial dating kyrie irving race.
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