tonight’s affirmation has been percolating for awhile: tonight I affirm my blackness. I affirm the beauty of my culture and heritage. I affirm the struggle of a history of my people that has molded me shaped me. I affirm that “black” can be many things: smart, creative, bold, quiet, dignified, hilarious, righteous and cunning. I affirm my blackness over against those who feel black lives do not matter. I affirm it over against those who say we are post-racial. I affirm it over against those who say I am not black enough because I was raised in the suburbs. I affirm it against those who would accuse me of self loathing because of those I choose to love. All of those things are an affront to my humanity and I reject them. I affirm the beauty of my blackness Ina world that has a very different standard of beauty. I affirm that I am a man.
Tonight I am thankful for J-Live and conscious rap. I am thankful for so-so barbecue. I am thankful for neighbors being good to each other.
And I’m thankful for this:http://youtu.be/oRRgsYvnPxs