Bleek on Activism, Politics and Socio-Political Discourse
"Damonsplaining" = White Privilege and Celebrity in one!
Here in the UK it seems I have been spared the horror that is Project Greenlight - another reality style show aiming to shine a light on 'hidden talent' - this time the genre is film and film making, but it's no less soul destroying than the x-factor, Britain's got talent or the apprentice.
So how was this obscure HBO show featuring a plethora of white males on the judging panel been thrust into my psyche? By Matt Damon... Explaining... Or (how I love the Internet) 'Damonsplaining' diversity to the seasons only person of colour, an accomplished Black Female film director - Effie Brown, *sighs...
I mean I know that Hollywood and celebrities live in this magical world where petty grievances such as racism don't break through their all egg white, quinoa, botox smoothie bubble, but seriously Matt Damon!?! Seriously!?! Next he's gonna start saying "All lives matter" and declaring that he isn't racist because he has a black friend...
It's safe to say I'm so tired of white people deciding how much diversity is enough, what's racist, when I should be angry, that I'm too angry, basically doing what they've done for centuries, dismissing Black minds and voices through violence or that more insidious destroyer patronising paternalism.
Dear White People, you are not all gun toting racists trying to hang us, shoot us, rape and torture us, but your silence and unwillingness to engage with us on how white supremacist structures have kept and continue to keep white people in the best positions, with the most money and power than the rest of us is a daily smack in face and a reminder that we are light years away from truly equal society.
And Matt Damon - just sit down, shut up and listen to Black people, we ain't going away.
Some of my favourite #damonsplaining for you, thank you Twitter!
I have just learned that PEAK mansplaining+whitesplaining wrapped in stardust equals #Damonsplaining. Thank you twitter
"You see, successful black woman, diversity is whatever white, straight, men say it is." - Matt Damon, 2015. #Damonsplaining
Matt Damon, it's not your fault. It's not your fault. It's not your fault. It's not your fault. It's not your fault. #DamonSplaining
If I have questions about diversity and what it means to me as a woman of color, I'll ask Matt Damon #Damonsplaining pic.twitter.com/iTw7ayYwgM
Nigeria bans Female Genital Mutilation - FGM
Most leaders like to leave a legacy, usually a bitter taste in the mouths of the people, & often this legacy leaves a lot to be desired - a giant statue, an unnecessarily large building, an illegal war... I could go on, but last month outgoing president of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, signed into federal law the banning of female genital mutilation. Thank f*@k for that is all I have to say, the practice of removing all or most of a females external genitalia for no other purpose than to allay male fears that without it, sexually depraved females will be roaming the streets looking to get impregnated by any passing sperm donor, really was a shot in the genitals from the dark ages and has no place in modern society. So thank you Nigeria, you are a prominent powerhouse in Africa, hopefully other countries where FGM is still practiced in this great continent will follow suit.
My Stealthy Freedom - Compulsory wearing of the Hijab in Iran
Peruse the internet and you may have come across Iranian women showing their hair - sans Hijab!! Well whoop de do, you may be thinking, but this is an extremely brave and defiant act by some of the women in Iran given the strict rules on religious dress imposed on women since the 1979 Iranian revolution. My stealthy freedom is a website started by Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad and contains images of women from inside Iran sharing photos of themselves not wearing their hijabs. Many Iranian women feel that wearing a hijab in public should be a choice not an obligation, however the political climate in Iran makes even this seemingly innocent protest potentially dangerous for these women. The idea of controlling women’s sexuality is not a new one and takes on many forms around the world, whether it’s denial of access to abortion an birth control, foot binding, preventing access to education or being married off at a young age, the state enforced use of the hijab instead of liberating women from confines of their appearance, has itself become a tool to oppress them instead. Power to the peaceful my sisters, I applaud you.