The issue of showing pride in your work when you’re Black

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Recently I talked to a sister. She has an excellent blog that combines culture, conceptual art and lifestyle. The blog has a large following and much media coverage. Lately, an evil rumour turned up (coming from one guy) that she were all “uppity” and “showing off”. She knows the rumour is bs, and those who read and enjoy her work, can tell that actually the opposite is the case, but it struck her at a touchy point. It struck me at a touchy point, too.

 

I had to think of Toni Morrison’s wise words:

»The function, the very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work... It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being…«1