Saturday, December 31, 2011

Fuck Yeah Dick Grayson!, Bruce’s actions as Batman are extremely...

Bruce’s actions as Batman are extremely oppositional — He might be the World’s Greatest Detective, but overall he’s a crimefighter, and everything he does, from his training in martial arts right down to his costume, are built on physicality and intimidation. Robin, however, is rooted in an entirely different philosophy. Batman’s there to fight against crime for taking away his parents, but Robin’s role has barely anything to do with getting revenge against Boss Maroni for killing the Flying Graysons. He’s not there for vengeance, he’s there to help.
I think it’s actually a pretty poetic element that ties their actions into their origins: If Bruce had been a massive, intimidating martial artist who knew seven ways to disarm a thug from any position — one of which hurts — then he could’ve saved his parents from getting gunned down. All Dick Grayson’s parents needed, however, was a safety net.
Fuck Yeah Dick Grayson!, Bruce’s actions as Batman are extremely...

Monday, December 26, 2011

Fuck Yeah Dick Grayson!

He’s lost his family in a way that perfectly echoes the tragedy that drives Batman, but with one crucial difference: When Bruce Wayne’s parents died, there was no Batman to help him. When Dick Grayson’s parents die, there is.

Batman doesn’t just help Dick track down the guy who killed his parents, he adopts him. He takes him in. Batman takes the place of his family, and in doing so, Batman also takes the first step in rebuilding his own family. And as a result, in one of the most brilliant evolutions of a character ever, Dick Grayson grows up to be a very different person than Bruce Wayne.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Robin is Necessary to the Batman Franchise...

...if you want the franchise to be about Batman.

     Why is it that the Batman movies always end up focusing on the development of the villains, no matter who's directing the franchise? People find evil more fascinating than good, the villain/anti-hero more intriguing than the hero, at least in our culture people see good as static, unchanging, you know, "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." However I believe that one series, Naruto, has shown that to not necessarily be true. Also, the villain in each movie is a new character whose development is unknown. Basically there is stuff going on in the character's life that is plot worthy. Changes in his or her perspective, choices to be made, etc. The Batman problem is that once you move beyond the early years of Batman's career, there's something of a... plateau in his character. While he does face new enemies and new situations, once Batman/Bruce Wayne has figured out how he wants to be Batman, he's in a rut until something comes to shake him up.

     The most obvious way to shake up Batman's life is to introduce a new love interest, preferably one that has dubious morals. Many writers have this done excellently with characters such as Catwoman, Andrea Beaumont, and Talia al Ghul (Whom I greatly dislike, but that's another post entirely. Let it suffice to say that her character serves its purpose.). However, Batman has mastered the art of love 'em and leave 'em (not to say that he hasn't been left as well). The problem here is that romantic dalliances are too easy to get rid of. Be an ass, get absorbed in "work", forget a few birthdays and monthly anniversaries, disappear in the middle of every other date, and basically be emotionally unavailable. It does hurt if Batman actually likes the person, but it's not hard to do, especially when he has a subconscious belief that he might not really deserve love working against him.

     The one life-shaking commitment that Batman hasn't been able to get rid of are his relationships with his sons, and I believe that an objective read through of the comics and the cartoons will show that Dick Grayson is the person who remade Batman into Bruce Wayne. Before bring Dick into his home, Bruce could disappear into the cowl, and there's nothing that anyone--even Alfred--could do about it. Bruce's reasoning seems to be that with both romantic assignations and parental relationships, the people involved are adults; they got into a relationship knowing who he is and what he's after, so whatever pain they feel at his choices, while regrettable, is their choice to experience. They walked in and they can walk right out. The same cannot be said for the young boy that Bruce first gave shelter to, and the love and responsibility that he feels for Dick turns his internal world upside down. There's nothing that any writer has added to the Batman mythos that's been as effective at throwing Batman out of his character rut as introducing Robin. It pains me that a certain director is so set against including Robin because it's "unrealistic" (as if a man dressing up as a bat and revolutionizing crime and law enforcement in crooked metropolis because his parents were killed in front of him at nine years old is realistic).

     That is not to say that I don't appreciate Mr. Nolan's vision; his Batman movies has completely revitalized the franchise and I love that he takes the story seriously, treats it like what it is-a story-and make the best story possible. If anyone can shake Batman up without Robin, it is Mr. Nolan, but--call me a doubter--I just don't think that's possible. And I do believe that that's why he is focusing on the beginning of Batman's career before he reaches that plateau that requires a Robin, when the shaping of Batman's identity is still very much  in flux. I believe however that it may leave the franchise... incomplete and I worry that the next director of the franchise will not approach the franchise with the same skill or gravity. I am looking forward to the Dark Knight Rises (in my mind I call it Inception 2), so really it's nothing more than a waiting game since Mr. Nolan's tenure is almost up.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Black Girl, Light World X: The Help



It’s not a Disney movie.  Trust me.  And the woman who wrote the book WITH HELP FROM THE NAACP is far from racist.  Trust me.  Someone is looking to make a buck based on the fact that she wasn’t respected.  I understand wanting respect, but WTF does money bring you?
What does it matter if the NAACP helped Kathryn Stockett? The fact is if one use the likeness of someone in a book or movie or the like, one has to 1) ASK THEIR PERMISSION and 2) PAY THEM
But apparently Stockett didn’t feel the need to do either, even though she is making money off of another person. If money doesn’t bring anyone anything, maybe Stockett shouldn’t make any money from her book/movie deal? If money wasn’t a big deal, why wasn’t Abilene Cooper notified in the first place?
A white person making money from a black person’s life and not feeling it necessary to ask them for permission and/or pay them from the proceeds… that sounds soooooo familiar! Where in history have we seen this before?
it is a Disney movie. As in, you know, distributed… by Disney. 
American Psycho is a Disney movie then too.  Lionsgate is owned by Disney.  I guess Ed Gein’s family ought to beg Bret Easton Ellis for money because Patrick Batemen was based on him.  Or perhaps JK Rowling’s best friend from college ought to get money from HER because Ron Weasley is his life with added magic.  Want to bet if Katherine Stockett was a black woman who had done the same thing to Abilene Cooper would she be wanting money for it?  Are the ancestors of the Borgias making a fuss over The Godfather?!  Why..a Dago using the church for his personal gain! o.O  It’s the Roman Empire being built all over again! 
Yes…What Katherine Stockett did with “The Help” IS SOOOO akin to the atrocities of slavery, tortures of racism and the defamities of the entire history of the Black population since they were raped and robbed of their kingdoms and beautiful societies in Africa.  Gimme a break.  I saw as many fucking Black people in “The Help” screening as there were whites.  I guess Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer and Emma Stone are racists too building on the White Supremacy of Miss Katherine Stockett.
Let’s break this down shall we?
  1.  I guess Ed Gein’s family ought to beg Bret Easton Ellis for money because Patrick Batemen was based on him.” 
    Well, no because he’s something of a celebrity/public figure meaning the facts of his life are a part of public record AND his right to privacy ended with his death AND all of the characters based on him were changed enough to not completely resemble the original person. If you want more info on personality rights and privacy rights, go here and here.
  2. “Or perhaps JK Rowling’s best friend from college ought to get money from HER because Ron Weasley is his life with added magic.”
    That’s between her and her friend. I’m sure she got PERMISSION to use his life them being, I don’t know, friends and all, which Stockett and Abilene Cooper were not.
  3. “Want to bet if Katherine Stockett was a black woman who had done the same thing to Abilene Cooper would she be wanting money for it?”
    It doesn’t really matter whether she would or wouldn’t. The point is that it’s her life and character that are on the page and she has the legal right to control and get contractually agreed upon compensation for the use of her life and character. If she wants to charge Kathryn Stockett for that use, it’s her prerogative.
  4. “Are the ancestors of the Borgias making a fuss over The Godfather?!  Why..a Dago using the church for his personal gain! o.O  It’s the Roman Empire being built all over again! “
    See pt. 1
  5. “Yes…What Katherine Stockett did with “The Help” IS SOOOO akin to the atrocities of slavery, tortures of racism and the defamities of the entire history of the Black population since they were raped and robbed of their kingdoms and beautiful societies in Africa.”
    Yes, what Stockett did is akin to the atrocities of slavery because it’s a part of that legacy. White people have a history of using Africans and African descendants (as well as other peoples) as free labor, sexual objects, and entertainment. In these modern and postmodern times where being called a racist is social self-harm, this act often finds its expression in taking the stories of black people—and others—and centering them around said white people, making themselves the hero of the story of the battle against racism and oppression (see revisionist civil war history, To Kill a Mockingbird, Avatar, The Blindside, Crash, and this article), when the reality is that black people have been fighting against racism mostly by themselves and these stories just exist to make white people feel less guilty. 
    Yes, there have been some white people who realized that white supremacy was evil but usually they joined the efforts of black people who were already fighting and they weren’t generally the leaders. Stockett’s creative works are just more of the same drivel. What makes it ironic is that her hypocrisy is blatantly exposed by the way she treats the actual real live black people that she used in her fictional books.
  6. “I guess Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer and Emma Stone are racists too building on the White Supremacy of Miss Katherine Stockett.”
    I think that they, like others (perhaps yourself?), would like to believe in the story that Stockett has presented and they have to choose what they feel is most important; fictional racial harmony that may inspire actual racial harmony or actual racial accountability. We apparently disagree. It happens. *shrugs*
TL;DR  Guess I’m a racist giving money to the harsh crackah bitch making money off the backs of an entire race of people by being inspired by one woman’s life!  Bad white girl…go to Hell for being RACIST!
I guess Eminem is a racist too for being a prolific rapper and making money off of something he “Stole” from black culture! o.O  Bad white boy, get back heathen racist! 
I’ve read through some of the things you’ve said on your Tumblr about white people.  I understand the plight of blacks and other races, it’s disgusting and horrid.  I’ve exeperienced it firsthand raising Indian children in a household where I was treated almost no differently than a Mamie but their culture.  But you are filled with unjustified hatred for a race of people in the same way white people were unjustified in their hatred.  Racism doesn’t just run in the “white” culture.  You don’t think I haven’t been subjected to racism myself?
I don’t hate white people at all, and there are many white people that I love quite dearly. What I hate is whiteness and white supremacy. Not whiteness in the sense of being of European descent, but whiteness as the identity constructed to establish superiority over everyone else in the world. Europeans and European colonists never identified themselves as a singular group called white people until they as a group found other cultures that they wanted to exploit. The very idea of being white (versus black/brown/red/yellow) holds within it the ideas of white supremacy. Until Europeans reinvented themselves as white people they identified by their nationality and ethnicity. When Whiteness/Race came along so did White Supremacy/Racism. And unfortunately that’s what most of Western culture (especially American culture) is built on.
It’s “white” people’s refusal to look at their current culture and acknowledge the current disparities that keeps them locked in the racial frame of “the past”. And books like The Help only continue to whitewash the past and rose-tint the present; they add absolutely nothing to the continued growth away from racism.
We have made great strides in America I will never deny that. But it seems to me that both white and black people think that what progress has been gained cannot be lost, therefore they have no more work, no more strenuous self-examination to do. While they sit, stagnating, the progress that was gained recedes before this generations eyes. It is that make me righteously indignant.

Have you READ “The Help”?  There is no white-washing at all.  In ANY of it.  And have you looked at “Black” culture?  The glorification of self-hatred, misogyny and racism portrayed in movies and rap music and even Black literature?  It is setting the strides of amazing activists like Maya Angelou, Colin Powel, Condaleeza Rice, MLK JR., Malcolm X, Langston Hughs, Barack and Michelle Obama,  Bill Cosby, Lena Horne and other phenomenal Blacks in history back 40 million years. 
Also..stories like “The Blind Side” were true.  I guess white people can’t help black people either for fear they will all think we are doing it out of self-gain and not REAL altruism.
The fact that you think that the feel good book that is The Help is an accurate depiction of how the 60s was for black people and The fact that you seem to think those issues you listed are in any way unique to black culture and that fact you think that you as a privileged white person have the right to pass judgment on black culture instead of acknowledging how your culture has contributed to today’s realities is… both troubling and evidence of what I stated in my last post.
As to hip hop… the #1 consumer of popular hip hop is the white suburban male (here and here and here) and they are the market that mainstream companies cater to.
It is white people that want to see black people hating themselves.
It is white people that want most to exploit and objectify black female bodies.
It is white people that want most to consume images of racism and violence among black people.
Chew on that.
As to the Blindside, yes it is a true story and an inspiring one at that. The problem lies -again- in the fact that stories such as those are the dominant narrative of Hollywood, rather than the reality of black families taking care of their own. Do you know how difficult it would be to get the same serious (not a comedy) movie made about a black family adopting or fostering a black child? Really? If a movie with Black people (not person, people, as in more than three) isn’t in a historical movie or a comedy then it’s that close to impossible to being produced.

Proving my point about Black people and films:
Paris.– US actor Danny Glover, who plans an epic next year on Haitian independence hero Toussaint-Louverture, said he slaved to raise funds for the movie because financiers complained there were no white heroes.
"Producers said 'It's a nice project, a great project... where are the white heroes?'" he told the press during a stay in Paris this month for a seminar on film.
"I couldn't get the money here, I couldn't get the money in Britain. I went to everybody. You wouldn't believe the number of producers based in Europe, and in the States, that I went to," he said.
D"The first question you get, is 'Is it a black film?' All of them agree, it's not going to do good in Europe, it's not going to do good in Japan.
"Somebody has to prove that to be a lie!", he said. "Maybe I'll have the chance to prove it."
"Toussaint," Glover's first project as film director, is about Francois Dominique Toussaint Louverture (1743-1803), a former slave and one of the fathers of Haiti's independence from France in 1804, making it the first black nation to throw off imperial rule and become a republic.
(from Dominican Today)

To Close:

"My biggest problem is that there is simply no creativity in movies with black casts at all. White people are 12 year old wizards, teens with crushes on vampires and werewolves, fighting blue people, talking fish and toys, and yet the best we get is a movie about the genteel south? Someone please make a movie about two black folks falling in love at a rock concert or a feature film about Storm from X-Men discovering her power, or something, ANYTHING, that goes beyond Black Pain (TM) / White Saviour (TM) movies. Sheesh."
A commenter on “Why I’m Just Saying No to ‘The Help’” (via atrapforfools) 

The problem isn't simply that Black women are playing maids in a film; the problem is that there's enough interest in Hollywood to make a film about Black maids serving white people (who are ultimately the heroes of these films), but there is no interest in making films about Black people overcoming that oppression or doing anything interesting at all really, especially if there aren't any white heroes at the center of the story. If white people aren't at the focus, it's not going to be supported. And that's a problem of white supremacy.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Black Girl, Light World IX: What Kind of Card is Race?

What Kind of Card is�Race - Hot Topics - Danielle Belton's The Black Snob:

What Kind of Card is Race? The Absurdity (and Consistency) of White Denial By Tim Wise
Published on Counterpunch,, April 24, 2006

"Since the O.J. trial, it seems as though almost any allegation of racism has been met with the same dismissive reply from the bulk of whites in the U.S. According to national surveys, more than three out of four whites refuse to believe that discrimination is any real problem in America (2). That most whites remain unconvinced of racism's salience--with as few as six percent believing it to be a 'very serious problem,' according to one poll in the mid 90s (3)--suggests that racism-as-card makes up an awfully weak hand. While folks of color consistently articulate their belief that racism is a real and persistent presence in their own lives, these claims have had very little effect on white attitudes. As such, how could anyone believe that people of color would somehow pull the claim out of their hat, as if it were guaranteed to make white America sit up and take notice? If anything, it is likely to be ignored, or even attacked, and in a particularly vicious manner.
That bringing up racism (even with copious documentation) is far from an effective "card" to play in order to garner sympathy, is evidenced by the way in which few people even become aware of the studies confirming its existence. How many Americans do you figure have even heard, for example, that black youth arrested for drug possession for the first time are incarcerated at a rate that is forty-eight times greater than the rate for white youth, even when all other factors surrounding the crime are identical (4)?...How many know that white men with a criminal record are slightly more likely to be called back for a job interview than black men without one, even when the men are equally qualified, and present themselves to potential employers in an identical fashion (6)?How many have heard that according to the Justice Department, Black and Latino males are three times more likely than white males to have their vehicles stopped and searched by police, even though white males are over four times more likely to have illegal contraband in our cars on the occasions when we are searched (7)?How many are aware that black and Latino students are about half as likely as whites to be placed in advanced or honors classes in school, and twice as likely to be placed in remedial classes? Or that even when test scores and prior performance would justify higher placement, students of color are far less likely to be placed in honors classes (8)? Or that students of color are 2-3 times more likely than whites to be suspended or expelled from school, even though rates of serious school rule infractions do not differ to any significant degree between racial groups (9)?Fact is, few folks have heard any of these things before, suggesting how little impact scholarly research on the subject of racism has had on the general public, and how difficult it is to make whites, in particular, give the subject a second thought.
Perhaps this is why, contrary to popular belief, research indicates that people of color are actually reluctant to allege racism, be it on the job, or in schools, or anywhere else. Far from "playing the race card" at the drop of a hat, it is actually the case (again, according to scholarly investigation, as opposed to the conventional wisdom of the white public), that black and brown folks typically "stuff" their experiences with discrimination and racism, only making an allegation of such treatment after many, many incidents have transpired, about which they said nothing for fear of being ignored or attacked (10). Precisely because white denial has long trumped claims of racism, people of color tend to underreport their experiences with racial bias, rather than exaggerate them. Again, when it comes to playing a race card, it is more accurate to say that whites are the dealers with the loaded decks, shooting down any evidence of racism as little more than the fantasies of unhinged blacks, unwilling to take personal responsibility for their own problems in life."

***emphasis added***
***for the complete article and notes click on the titles***

(2) Washington Post. October 9, 1995: A22
(3) Ibid.
(4) "Young White Offenders get lighter treatment," 2000. The Tennessean. April 26: 8A.
(5) Bertrand, Marianne and Sendhil Mullainathan, 2004. "Are Emily and Greg More Employable Than Lakisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment in Labor Market Discrimination." June 20.
(6) Pager, Devah. 2003. "The Mark of a Criminal Record." American Journal of Sociology. Volume 108: 5, March: 937-75.
(7) Matthew R. Durose, Erica L. Schmitt and Patrick A. Langan, Contacts Between Police and the Public: Findings from the 2002 National Survey. U.S. Department of Justice, (Bureau of Justice Statistics), April 2005.
(8) Gordon, Rebecca. 1998. Education and Race. Oakland: Applied Research Center: 48-9; Fischer, Claude S. et al., 1996. Inequality by Design: Cracking the Bell Curve Myth. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press: 163; Steinhorn, Leonard and Barabara Diggs-Brown, 1999. By the Color of Our Skin: The Illusion of Integration and the Reality of Race. NY: Dutton: 95-6.
(9) Skiba, Russell J. et al., The Color of Discipline: Sources of Racial and Gender Disproportionality in School Punishment. Indiana Education Policy Center, Policy Research Report SRS1, June 2000; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System: Youth 2003, Online Comprehensive Results, 2004.
(10) Terrell, Francis and Sandra L. Terrell, 1999. "Cultural Identification and Cultural Mistrust: Some Findings and Implications," in Advances in African American Psychology, Reginald Jones, ed., Hampton VA: Cobb & Henry; Fuegen, Kathleen, 2000. "Defining Discrimination in the Personal/Group Discrimination Discrepancy," Sex Roles: A Journal of Research. September; Miller, Carol T. 2001. "A Theoretical Perspective on Coping With Stigma," Journal of Social Issues. Spring; Feagin, Joe, Hernan Vera and Nikitah Imani, 1996. The Agony of Education: Black Students in White Colleges and Universities. NY: Routledge.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Black Girl, Light World VIII: Vestiges of White Supremacy


Interviewer: Black history month you find…
Morgan Freeman: Ridiculous.
Interviewer: Why?
Morgan Freeman: You’re going to relegate my history to a month?
Interviewer: Oh, come on.
Morgan Freeman: What do you do with yours? Which month is white history month?
Interviewer: (pause) Well, I’m Jewish.
Morgan Freeman: Okay. Which month is jewish history month?
Interviewer: There isn’t one.
Morgan Freeman: Oh, oh. Why not? Do you want one?
Interviewer: No.
Morgan Freeman: Right. I don’t either. I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history.
Interviewer: How are we going to get rid of racism?
Morgan Freeman: Stop talking about it.

Stop talking about it.
treat assholes like assholes and decent humans like decent humans. It goes both ways.

Interviewer: Black history month you find…
Morgan Freeman: Ridiculous.
Interviewer: Why?
Morgan Freeman: You’re going to relegate my history to a month?
Interviewer: Oh, come on.
Morgan Freeman: What do you do with yours? Which month is white history month?
Interviewer: (pause) Well, I’m Jewish.
Morgan Freeman: Okay. Which month is jewish history month?
Interviewer: There isn’t one.
Morgan Freeman: Oh, oh. Why not? Do you want one?
Interviewer: No.
Morgan Freeman: Right. I don’t either. I don’t want a black history month. Black history is American history.
Interviewer: How are we going to get rid of racism?
Morgan Freeman: Stop talking about it.

I love Mr. Freeman, but I have to disagree with him passionately on this point. Not talking about racism has never done anything but allow it to grow unimpeded. And this is my admonishment (I won't saay problem with, because that a bit harsher than what I intend and feel) to the previous generation, my father's generation. Honestly I think they just got tired of talking about it. Fatigue combined with the murder/imprisonment of so many different leaders as wells as the the "new" injustices of the Korean and Vietnam Wars lead the vast majority of that generation to put down the banner of anti-racism and say, "Well we've made these strides here with integration and affirmative action, etc. We're tired of saying it, they're tired of hearing it, and there are other "more important concerns, now."

I don't know if it was a case of not realizing that or not feeling like much could be done about the system of white supremacy that was still left in place, I'll have to read more memoirs/histories and such to get a better idea of the mentality of the 70s I guess. What in my opinion people forget is that the racist people of America didn't all just disappear or change their minds, especially those in with political and/or financial power.Think about it: many of the same people that were in power in 1957 were in power in 1977 (or the younger people that they had groomed for their positions). judges; policemen; federal, state, and local politicians; managers of various companies, real estate owners, military officers, mailmen, etc. The many of the same people with much the same attitude 20 years later. The power structures didn't change; on the whole those had done wrong before retained their positions of power. Now it was just less popular to be open about one's prejudices. And yet we are supposed to live in a post racist society? I don't have a problem with not talking about racism if there wasn't any anymore, but I have yet to see anything that would show that to be the case. In fact, there could be the argument made that we (America) is regressing instead of moving forward! 

Monday, January 31, 2011

The Black Girl's Manifesto: The Basic Rights of Femininity.

1. Black women and girls have the basic right, clearly accessible/demanded by other women to feel safe in the neighborhood they live in by the immediate removal of criminals and other delinquents who greatly decrease the likelihood of safety for black women in particular.

2. Black women and girls have the basic right to be feminine, to appear feminine, and to dress feminine without being considered a threat to white women's "feminine supremacy", or being brutally harassed to remind us that we "are not like other women", and that we should be treated/have access to less than, because of our skin color.

3. Black women and girls have the right to exercise the same standards other women in society exercise without being called "sellouts" for not subjecting themselves to financial/and or sexual exploitation.

4. Black women and girls have the right to say whatever needs to be said until conditions in their communities and direct vicinity improve, including being honest about the circumstances and attitudes within them without fear of being called "traitors" for their honesty.

5. Black women and girls have the right to expose the belief that it is their responsibility to protect, defend, provide for, and uphold the honor of men who go through great lengths to make sure that black women are NOT protected, that they are NOT defended, that they ARE NOT considered worthy of honor, and that they SHOULD NOT be provided for. Black women and girls have the right to acknowledge that this role reversal that exists in black communities has not been acceptable in any other society on the planet regardless of these societies racial and class based circumstances.

6. Black women and girls have the right to love, to be loved, to be treated as human beings effortlessly.

7. Black women and girls have the right to expose the hypocrisy that only includes them in "diversity" if they are used as props to make others feel superior and are an immediate threat when they are not.

8. Black women and girls have the right to expose the hypocrisy that liberal and progressives take on to be starch racists against black women because they think it's harder for black women to prove it.

9. Black women have the right to expose the sabotage of racist white women who view them as a threat through manipulation, cattiness, and other behaviors camouflaged in a sugary sweet fake persona, particularly in the workforce.

10. Black women and girls have the basic right to expose the lie that black female bodies are inherently for being devalued, and therefore, says our bodies are too "trashy" and "demanding attention" when we dress in the typical way other women are allowed to dress.

11. Black women and girls have the right to expose the lie that hip hop speaks about "the experiences and reality" of black neighborhoods, when it is actually about preserving hegemonic masculinity by showing that black women aren't worthy of empathy from outsiders for having to deal with the consequences of hegemonic masculinity.

12. Black women have the basic right to point out that black neighborhoods are not only unsafe because they are in them, but that criminals TARGET neighborhoods that are majority black women and children as most criminals seek out and exploit vulnerable populations and isolated women.

13. Black women and girls have the basic right to prioritize their safety and comfort over race, same as all other women.

14. Black women have the right to adequate Hollywood representation that is not stereotypical and involve "Strong" characters. Black women have the right to see attractive female leads who grapple with their complex identities and fall in love, same as other women.

15. Black women and girls have the right to sexual freedom and identity. Like straight black women, GLBT black women have the RIGHT to demand fairness and marriage over the stereotypes that prevent it.

16. Black women have the right to social and cultural freedom and identity. Like black men, black women have the RIGHT to talk about their experiences SOLELY in society without the contexts of black men and to demand their issues be addressed over the stereotypes that prevent it.

17. Black women and girls have the right to education without worrying that it makes "it might make the men look bad", "it might result in no one wanting you", and "it might mean that you should give the money from your hard work back to your community", the same as all other women.

18. Black women and girls have the right to experience identity crisis's, existential angst, and to toil with inner turmoil like all other human beings.

19. Black women and girls have the right to point out that sexual exploitation by black men, that music and opinions of black women is due to the fact that since black men are most likely to have no resources, that sexual capital is the only thing they can control. That since they cannot control their own image, they can control the image of black women. That since they own nothing, that they should be allowed to "own" the streets, and own "their" women without intrusion.

20. Black women and girls have the basic right to all social norms such as dating, marriage, commitment, flirting, singles parties, and picking mates they deem compatible like all other women.

21. It is not black women's responsibilities to take on the burdens of their community, anymore than any other women, because of their skin color.

22. Black women are allowed their own destinies and fulfillment and to pursue these things without being met with hatred for not prioritizing the fulfillment of others who do not have any particular interest/resources to do so the same for them.

23. Black women and girls have the right to demand fairness without being labeled "bitches" without being attacked and/or guilted into doing any of the above out of a false sense of solidarity.

24. Black women have the right to expose the lie that states that because of "their culture" (stereotypes and music) that they have signed, endorsed, or are "naturally equipped" to handle hatred, sexual degradation and humiliation from the powerless and overcompensating men around them.

25. Black women are allowed to discuss being groped, fondled, harassed or called debasing names from the time they are children simply for being black women without fear of retaliation.

26. Black girls and teens have the right to experiment with their socialized femininity and/or have the right to live harassment free because they "developed early" without being seen as "easy" and deserving of child molestation, like blond white girls and teens.

27. Black girls and teens have the right to live in a two parent household, and to demand that the psychological impact of not being raised in such homes at an 80% rate be studied by therapists and analyzed.

28. Black women have the right to question those who say they have "thick skin" by nature to deal with how they are treated in society; that they are not vulnerable or worthy of protection like white women, or to justify racial segregation and white privilege.

29. Black women must have the right to be hurt by the lie that we are less feminine, less vulnerable, less desirable and less hated than other women.

30. Black women have the right to reject white feminism, black male nationalism, liberalism, anarchism, and so forth because it does not apply to their particular circumstances. They are allowed to do so without fear of alienating potential ally's. Such groups have never really considered their particular struggles to begin with.

31. Black women and girls have the right to exist.

- I have the right to recognize that I have the right to safety, to not be sexually terrorized, to be safe in public, to not be treated like I can "handle" violence and sexual aggression because of my skin color.

- I have the right to acknowledge that I have my own personality, my own identity, and that I am treated with suspicion because I am a complex human being and not a stereotype of a black female.

- I have the right to acknowledge that I am treated with racism from white women in particular because of how I look, because I pose a threat to their feminine supremacy. And that each racist white woman I've who has tried to sabotage me believed that an effective form of manipulation is to project super sweet and innocent behavior so that if ever I got angry about their direct sabotage, I'd appear to be a stereotype.

- I have the right to acknowledge that I am treated with sexism because I am tall and I therefore pose a threat to male physical dominance. That people have treated me as though I should be "embarrass" for being tall. Or that I should feel ashamed for being tall.

- I have the right to acknowledge that my body is viewed as deviant because I am shapely, and that I must want attention for something I was biologically predetermined to have, and that I should accept that I deserve everything from leering stares to sexual exploitation.

- I have the right to acknowledge that people have acted with surprise for being attracted to me because I do not fit the beauty ideal, because I am not thin, not blond, and I am not the status quo.

- I have the right to acknowledge that my struggle has very little in common with white women, with black men, and with white men. And that I have no particular beef with white men just for the purpose of wanting the power they have. I am anti-hierarchy in all forms because I am a black female.

- I have the right to acknowledge that I have faced insecurity. That I was not "confident", "strong", or "equipped to handle insecurity" as society feels black women. I am like all other women who feel inadequate because of the Ad Industry.

- I have the right to acknowledge that I am terrified of men and sometimes have social anxiety around men from dealing with chronic Street Harassment, being stalked and followed and death threats from not responding to sexual advances.

- I have the right to acknowledge that I DO fit the beauty ideal more than many other women. And that I've never felt that men do not find me attractive.

- I have the right to acknowledge that I am shy, and often uncomfortable which has been assumed "black bitch" and "unapproachable", simply because I am black female.

- I have the right to change who I am, to experience personal growth, to go through "phases", and to grapple with my identity, to grow up and to change my political views with age because I am human, like other black females.

- I have the right to sexual liberation if I so choose to, AND the right to not partake in it for personal reasons. I have the right to acknowledge that I have had far less partners than most in my age group.

- I have the right to point out the hypocrisy in liberal, feminist, progressive and anti-racist circles who excuse their apathy of black women's circumstances because of pathologies such as white guilt that only apply to black men, and to prioritize how they are victimized in society.

- I have the right to speak about my experiences as a black female aside from white women, black men, etc., without being considered "divisive" for not prioritizing theirs.

- I have the right to discuss my experiences in a public forum regardless of those who benefit from them being "uncomfortable" with the subject matter.

I have the right to question science/debate sociologists as an art history major, to question religion as an agnostic, to point out black male privilege as an anti-racist, to correctly categorize white female privilege as a feminist, and to love men as a womanist.

I have the right to exist.

If you have others to add, please feel free.