Hello all! This post is slightly different. It wasn’t even intended to be a post. It started out as a long, epic Facebook rant that became too long for the confines of my private social media. As you all know, a couple days ago, the 2016 BET Awards occurred. Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy, The Butler, The Cabin in the Woods) won the Humanitarian Award, and he gave a proactive speech about Black rights, entertainment, and lives. Let’s just say while he inspired many, he angered others. You can watch his riveting speech here. One of those angered was Tomi Lahren, controversial host of the Tomi for TheBlaze. I won’t post her rant because it will only make my blood boil more. You can look it up if you truly want to watch it. Tomi has a track record for speaking out against pro-black events and celebrities, so it’s no surprise she had something to say.
People are entitled to their opinion, but the point of BET is to give Black people a platform since we are seldom recognized at other awards shows. Every time I see this Tomi woman, it’s because of statements like this. I don’t understand her anger with BET. The show isn’t for her, and Jesse Williams’ speech is not for her. Unfortunately I have Facebook friends that wholeheartedly agree with her, and it scares me to see how they really think. She complains about Black people creating a divide, but she does the same thing. Similar to Donald Trump, many people are a fan because she “speaks her mind”. She unveils the not so hidden racism that exists in the US.
I will tell you, a lot of my younger life I struggled to find my identity and embrace my blackness. I know a lot of people can’t even tell I’m black because of how I look or how I act (sad, but true). I’m finally learning to love myself, and not hide. As a minority, I don’t see myself as a victim. I never did. And being pro-black is not about being a victim. It’s making sure we have justice. If you think racism is gone, it’s not and you need to wake up. I’ve dealt with it as a mixed person, and while I do recognize being mixed makes things a little different, it still happens. I personally do not care for what Tomi has to say, because unless she’s dealt with racism and oppression first hand, seen the world as it truly is- not from her conservative, veiled eyes. Until then, SHE NEEDS A STADIUM OF SEATS TO SIT DOWN.