If They Could They Would Skin Us And Wear Us - When blacks are not seen as human, everything is for the taking
In Taylor Swift, new music video for her song “shake it off”, she like other cultural appropriators before her has come back with avengence against all her haters. This is sure to be the anthem for all those who’ve had to deal with the choir of the politically correct. The young-blonde-hair-blue-eyed-pop-star has followed suit with Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and Lily Allen, with a music video sure to set a roar to black twitter and black tumblr alike. Unless those pesky social justice warriors are too busy tweeting and blogging about Fergurson or Ezell Ford to care or notice. It’s not like these two situations have anything to do with each other, or do they?
First things first, lets be clear on who Taylor Swift means when she says “haters”. Non-whites who have called her and other pop stars like her out for their continuous use of others cultures as costumes. When you continuously ignore those concerns and continue to do so anyway, it’s not only offensive but it’s deadly.
There’s a seen where queen Taylor Swift comes out with a video where she is crawling in between various shades of non-white womens legs, only to end with a black woman as the last body you see twerking, with Swift in the in between the legs laughing. Again, another white female artist using non-white womens bodies as props, and something to be objectified and laughed at. It is clear that this is a case of white entitlement and anti blackness.
Similar acts of entitlement have been seen in #HandsUp and #IfTheyGunnedMeDown. How quicky do whites jump on these things without knowing or understanding the struggle. What kind of society must we live in, when even our oppression is for others to consume. Recently, I attended a #HandsUp protest in LA. As the crowd chanted “Hands up don’t shoot” I noticed most of the bodies standing in front of the photogs were white. How unfortanate and what lack of understanding of the events taking place must exist for white people to feel like they too could have been Mike Brown. Or that if they were gunned down by cops they would be criminalized and victim blamed in the media.
This attempt to erase race and color is an attempt to erase us. Whether it be cultural appropriation or continuous murder from police assault, white people feel entitled to our lives whether it is to take it or to claim what we do as theirs.
But, lets pretend Ferguson has nothing to do with race, and that cultural appropriation is just cultural appreciation. And while we continue to get murder, we’ll find comfort in hearing white privilege celebrities telling us to shake it off.
Nope. Wrong. She just made a music video where she has a lot of good dancers from different genres of dance in the background, while she shows of her fantastically horrible dance moves, because even though haters tell her that she can’t dance, she will… She has NEVER done anything racist in her life… She sucked as a ballerina as well, thats the same thing, now shut your mouth please and listen to the AWESOME song INSTEAD 👍 k bye