The Quote that May End the Trayvon Trial - Esquire

Zimmerman’s stereotypical views of black folk as being responsible for so much of what’s wrong in the world is reflective of a larger shared sentiment among brown and non-brown folk alike. He shot “black folk”, not one black person who he thought was bad. He shot someone who in his mind represented “all”. Words like “they” are sweeping in generalization.
—Zerandrian S. Morris

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Amending Dubois’ Double Consciousness Theory

Dear W.E.B. Du Bois,
I’m going to have to amend your double consciousness theory, buddy! Cause ya boi is enduring a psychological challenge of reconciling far more than just her African heritage and European upbringing and education! At this point we’re at at least a quadruple consciousness. African heritage/European upbringing/Queer quandaries/female body. But an amazing thing is that your theory is so solid, that it’s STILL applicable today. The souls of black folk are still spiritually striving. 
Sincerely,
A Brown Female-Bodied Queer Boi Tryna Inhale.Exhale.Repeat

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I have been processing. And I think my opinion has shifted. As a child raised by a single mother, I always felt like ‘my mama is my mama and daddy’. I would tell my mother Happy Father’s Day on Father’s Day. I would tell other single moms happy father’s day and thanks for pulling double duty. While I was raised without my father, my mother is my mother and the truth is that there is a void where my father ‘should’ have been. So she’s not my mother and my father. She’s my mother. And honoring that doesn’t remove her impact or her power. There’s still a void where Charles Morris didn’t fill. There’s always a void when a father chooses not to be present. And NO mother can fill a void she doesn’t embody. No mother is a father. I am realizing that this whole ‘Happy Father’s Day to My Mother Because My Father was Absent’ is rooted in something not so good. I don’t want to say negative or bad, but definitely not balanced. But we don’t see the opposite on Mother’s Day. The bottom line is that there are sorry ass parents period. Mothers and fathers, however socially we are fixated on the demonization of ‘absent fathers’. When the truth is that there are COUNTLESS people with absent mothers. So at this point in my game, I am choosing different. I am choosing to honor father’s day for what it is. For FATHERS. Folk who contributed the sperm. I’m not really interested in having dialogue or gathering opinions. Simply wanted to share my ‘right now’. Which may/may not change. #RandomSundayMorningPonderings
--The Ignant Intellectual

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If you’re gay and you meet Jesus and He tells you that you must no longer engage in homosexual behavior, please feel free to listen to what you heard Jesus say to you. HOWZENEVA, what imma need you not to do is start demonizing the folk who ain’t have that conversation with Jesus. Furthermore, have more conversations with Jesus so you and Him can talk about why He feels you should stop having homosexual relations. Whatever you do, understand that Jesus don’t have the same conversations with everyone. And just cause He may want you to stop carpet munching and start pipe taking don’t mean he wants the entire carpet munching industry out of work.
—The Ignant Intellectual

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What a world it would be if EVERYONE explored their gender. And allowed it to do whatever it do. In expression. In identification. If those who express whatever we see today, do so because it is a result of an amazing and open and allowing exploration. And if tomorrow it changed, nothing changed. #TransHealthConferenceThoughts

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I read an article today entitled Blasphemous Beats: The Exploitation of Christianity in Rap Music. (http://moinaturale.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/blasphemous-beats-the-exploitation-of-christianity-in-rap-music/comment-page-1/#comment-40While I greatly value the author of the article and her stance, I somewhat disagree with her argument. My response is as follows. 

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I will say upfront that I value the genius of Kanye. I do not always support his ‘how’, but I fully support that he is unapologetically Kanye. I have a soft spot for mavericks. Shoot me. 

I find that multiple things often happen that result in conversations like these.

We (specifically brown people) are so conditioned to view ourselves as sub-human, when one of us sees the divine in us, many of us immediately begin to yell blasphemy. Often those yelling blasphemy aren’t connected to The Source in quite the same way as others. The truth is that we are ‘a god’. We are god(s). We are made in God’s image in we can find countless spaces in countless spiritualities that let us know that we are divine beings. It is unfortunate that more of us don’t recognize that we are god(s). Representations of. Embodiments of. Images of. 

I value that Kanye recognizes the divinity in him, even if it comes across as possibly maniacal and egotistical). 

I believe that one of the largest impacts that organized religion has on society at large is that it causes us to cower in our godness in exchange for a sub-human existence. And that is exceptionally disheartening. 

I also often see a great parallel between those who do realize their godness and them existing in greatness and walking in their destiny. which we might label as success. I also see a parallel between those who realize their godness and folk calling them crazy, suggesting they have mental health issues (narcissism, bipolar, manic depression, etc). 

Until we truly walk in our god-ness and accept that we are God, god, Gods, gods, etc, we will forever exist as lesser. and for many of us, lesser is not an option.

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Dear Masculinity That Ain’t Bout the Phukery,

To you I would like to say that I wish things were different. I wish I could see when you mean no harm and are simply trying to pay a genuine compliment. I wish that fear of harm didn’t immediately arise inside of me when your payments happenstance are made outside after dark. I wish that we female-bodied people weren’t so wounded and so traumatized and so walled-in that your innocent gestures or simple desires to holla weren’t reminders of when he or she couldn’t/wouldn’t take ‘no thank you’ for an answer. I wish that those of you who are ‘the good ones’ didn’t have to pay the price for ‘the bad ones’. I wish…I truly wish…

Sincerely,

I Promise to Do Better In Managing My Accumulated & Latent Trauma

Sincerely,

You Deserve Better

Sincerely, 

We Deserve Better

—The Ignant Intellectual

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Few things break my heart more than the idea of someone who has birthed a child but never had an orgasm. #TearJerker
—The Ignant Intellectual

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Breast. Vagina. Penis. They’re only sexual when they’re made to be. Otherwise they’re no different than anything else on the body. Like an ear. Which has quite a few erogenous zones as well. Moral of the status: Stop hyper-sexualizing ears.
—The Ignant Intellectual

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I remember being that person who slammed and slandered ‘that gay shyt’. I was the one who was loud and proud ‘strictly dickly’. I was the one who felt uncomfortable around people I thought were gay. Had there been an internet and a Facebook. My page may have been full of sideways bashing of ‘that gay shyt’. I conflated sexuality to sexual acts. I said ‘as long as she don’t come at me with that bullshyt’. Granted it was so long ago, I truly don’t remember it. But, I may have been the one uploading any and every World Star Hip Hop link I could find and captioning it with some sideways homophobic shyt. Yep, that was me. But underneath all that bashing, always was curiosity, intrigue, and lightweight desire. I hadn’t assigned language to my sponsoring thoughts, but my internalized homophobia was real. This realization is completely hindsight because in that moment, I had no clue. And even now (given my level of outness) it seems impossible. 

I say all of that to say that so many ‘straight’ folk ain’t really straight. So many of these posts and protests and sideways comments are a direct byproduct of internalized self hatred. Not that this is new information. I just wanted to say it. Today. Right now. Thanks for listening. Hopefully some of you are very uncomfortable. And that discomfort is manifesting as the rolling of eyes, the calling me out my name, the potential lashing back via your keyboard, the texting/inboxing your friends on some ‘dis bytch’ type shyt. It means, you feeling that icky sticky on the back of your neck. You fiddy lemn HOT. #MissionAccomplished

—The Ignant Intellectual

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