“It seems like we as a country have yet to figure out what it means to celebrate Black people.”

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Like many Black folks, I am perpetually exhausted by seeing the unexciting trend of a White person doing things that Black folks do every day and getting applause, clout, and cookout invitations for paying attention to Black culture. More egregious recent events have given way to popular discourse about gatekeeping Black culture, but it seems like we as a country have yet to figure out what it means to celebrate Black people.

In the present moment, many organizations are attempting to pay their just due from last summers’ racial reckonings with calls to buy Black, support Black businesses, and commemorate…


Until we as a society are outraged about the murder of ALL Black people, we are no closer to building a just future

A photo of Breonna Taylor on a sign that a protestor is holding at a rally in Denver, Colorado.
A photo of Breonna Taylor on a sign that a protestor is holding at a rally in Denver, Colorado.
A demonstrator holds a sign with the image of Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers, during a protest in Denver, Colorado on June 3, 2020. Photo: Jason Connolly/AFP/Getty Images

“If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” — Zora Neale Hurston

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or willfully keeping your eyes closed, you’re already well aware of the issues plaguing Black America in this moment. From the high number of Black Covid-19 deaths to the latest round of open season on Black life and an endorsement from 45 to shoot those rebelling against the injustice of it all, it’s an understatement to say that Black folks are exhausted right now.

We’re in the middle of a global pandemic, and many…

Renee Nishawn Scott

Renee is a PhD Student researching Black girlhood at the University of Maryland. You can find her tweeting @_nishawn

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