Why the fuck was this comment necessary?
don’t you know it’s black people’s responsibility to carry everyone’s pain. It’s our cross to bear
Ain’t it funny how Black Americans never get considered as displaced indigenous peoples?
And after spearheading several battles against white supremacy and winning rights for lots of marginalized folks, are still expected to LABOR for others still?
non-black people making ugly comments. also way to erase people like me: BLACK INDIGENOUS
“so no one cares” = white ppl & white supremacist infrastructure/rhetoric still don’t care about black lives & demonize/persecute/prosecute black activists & survivors, buuuut I’m more resentful of the black community & being forced to view black people as people than I am upset by black suffering & death, and I feel entitled to exploit black suffering & to free black labor to boost my own visibility, because how dare those black people do & make & have something, anything for themselves without me getting a piece, how dare I not take priority over those people, how dare I not be more successful than them, how dare I not always win?
allllll condensed to under ten words. good shit.
and you know what? not only does this erase black ndns— not only is this profoundly condescending, entitled, elitist antiblack bullshit— hell, not only does this act like non-native black people haven’t been here supporting native activism & speaking out against white supremacist violence and particularly police brutality— why in the fuck does it always have to be a competition? why in the fuck are we always non-black folks’ low fucking bar, that they feel some kind of way about if we don’t “stay in our place” beneath them?
I’m tired of being betrayed by people whose backs I have and who are supposed to have mine. I’m tired of trying to reach out to communities I am a part of, that I have a right to claim, and having them turn around and slap me, my family, my ancestors, their lives and legacies and deaths in the goddamn face.
Y'know, being native American, there’s a lot of truth to it. There are horrible injustices that are do e to the natives that no one talks about. And while it still sucks and is horrible that blacks get killed by racist police pigs, natives do too and no one ever mentions the natives. Native Americans get treated like shit outside of their tribes but no one talks about it. I am native American, and this greatly upsets me that my heritage is mocked and hated and ignored, and then when someone points it out we’re suddenly white supremacists who just want to devalue the black community. You fought for your recognition, why can’t we fight for ours?
…alright. alright. I thought I was done with this conversation, but I wasn’t. but I am going to be nice.
I’m native. I’m black. I am black ndn. my father is black ndn. his mother is black ndn. her mother was black ndn. I’ve got black and native blood from all of my other 3 grandparents as well, each; but in that bloodline alone, not even including my grandmother’s father (a residential school survivor), I’m uninterrupted 4th-5th generation black ndn.
my family have been vocal & physically present activists in both the civil rights movement and the a.i.m. from the beginning of those causes, fucking heavy with the panthers and russell means alike, and we were making waves long before them in radical movements, the arts, academia, and healthcare.
I am a legacy.
just so we’re all clear and it’s all laid out on the table.
I don’t tend to pull rank & credentials on people, because it’s gross, and my ass is an urban ndn for a reason (re: my great-grandfather– he left okie for a reason, he left alabama for a reason, and he left illinois & indiana for a reason; I don’t do my forebears the disrespect of undoing choices to protect their & my safety for sake of blood quantum/on-res authenticity pissing contests). but apparently, it’s necessary.
because being native american–
if your “truth” is to throw other disenfranchised peoples under the bus in order to “fight for yours,” people who didn’t hurt you, and who weren’t and aren’t and have never been the perpetrators of native devaluation & victimization (even when they participate in it– black people aren’t perfect; but native & first nations peoples, even when they’re antiblack, aren’t the initiatators of antiblackness in america so much as infected by it)– who have, in fact, been victimized by the same people who hurt non-black natives, your truth is shit.
“no one talks about,” “no one ever mentions,” “no one talks about it.” tell me who no one is? tell me who these people are talking about black lives and not talking about natives– not my black ass– and then tell me how many black activists have built up their movements by implying someone would care, if only non-native black folks were ndns? give me a name. give me a number. give me a single date. give me a quote, from someone who will put their real damn name on it, and will say so unprovoked & unharmed by the people they feel like throwing under the bus, using as a tool to shame people with.
because that’s what “cigarette news” did.
black people built up #blacklivesmatter. black people built up ferguson. black people built up #sayhisname & #sayhername. because it was black blood being spilled in the streets. and where were you? who was “no one” then? who said, name me who said, “if only we were native, someone would care?” who said it?
no one! not a one person.
no one is saying native visibility isn’t a worthy cause. no one is saying native genocide shouldn’t be visible. no one is saying to ignore native issues when all they’re saying is “stop killing our children, stop killing us because of our blackness.”
no one ever said that.
but that’s what you did just now. that’s what @devoted2mariah did in their tweet. that’s what all the non-black natives saying, “oh, but they had a point” on this post are cosigning onto.
you said, if black people are “getting” something– some visibility, some discussion point, some issue that people literally had to be tear-gassed, shot down in the streets, have their buildings burned, riot for, in order for those screams to even be acknowledged outside of black twitter & black ig & black tumblr– you want your damn piece. you said, “you got yours, so where’s mine?”
and when that labor, and that bloodshed, and that suffering wasn’t given over to the people who would piggyback & leech on those movements for free or willingly– because fuck #nativelivesmatter, fuck #brownlivesmatter, fuck #alllivesmatter, when the reason that’s even a catchy hashtag, the reason it sticks in anyone’s memory, is because of the uphill organization & battling to get #blacklivesmatter on the radar to begin with is because of black death & black pain– fuck riding on our coattails and stealing some of our spotlight in our own discussions because y’all wanted the express elevator to the microphone– that’s when it becomes, bitterly, “well, someone would care if we were black.”
resentful actually-aesop sour-grapes “if only someone loved you” amateur hour antiblack disney villain bullshit.
if your fight for recognition plows over black people, native and non-native alike, because of some imaginary “if-onlys,” as if black recognition wasn’t something we paid for in black blood & bone & unmarked graves every day– as if we weren’t ignored and silenced, including by people like you– as if the black community & black activist community don’t consistently act as the spearheads & front-runners of activist movements and expanding discussions like the ones specifically going on against racialized police brutality right now (so long as you don’t steal our pain for your profit, stand on our backs & spit on us in the process)– “your fight” is fucked.
your fight is making me & mine into collateral damage. your fight is utilizing mockery & hatred & ignorance of my people’s heritage to give yours (ours– except for my black blood, of course, because don’t those blacks know when they need to get out of our way?) a boost.
while acting like the black people doing the dying are the selfish ones.
your fight is unjust.
and it’s solely because of your conduct. not because of your cause.