I haven’t been doing ‘In The News segments’ because I’ve thinking about the best format for it. I didn’t want to write a post for every single news article so I’ve finally decided to do retrospective commentary on news articles from the previous week instead. Let’s get started with this week’s list.
Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention
The First Lady of the United States of America started off the week with some serious black girl magic at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Michelle Obama is an outstanding orator and she just radiated intelligence, class and excellence while delivering that speech. I was just in awe throughout.
Fun fact: She is the first person to have had a speech at the Republican Convention and the Democratic convention this year if you catch my drift. Shout out to Melania Trump for that classy plagiarism.
There were so many gems from her speech but my favourite was when she said,
“When someone is cruel or acts like a bully we don’t stoop to their level, our motto is when they go low, we go high.”
In response to the attacks that her husband has had to face over the past 8 years and Donald Trump’s string of remarks. A round of applause for this inspirational woman who commands respect every where she goes! If you haven’t watched the speech yet, set aside 15 minutes to watch it today and I promise you won’t regret it.
Donald Trump and the Pakistani Parents of An American Hero
Still on the Democratic Convention, Khizr Khan the father of Humayun Khan (a 27-year-old Pakistani-American soldier who died protecting his troop in Iraq) gave an impassioned and emotional speech at the convention. But not to be outdone, Donald Trump our favourite presidential candidate focused instead, not on the content of Khizr Khan’s speech but on his wife Ghazala Khan who stood by him silently while he delivered the speech. When asked about the speech, Donald Trump said on national television and I quote,
“If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”
Just when you think the bar can’t be set any lower, he proceeds to set it so low that I’m just like where do we go from here? For a presidential candidate to perpetuate the stereotypical belief of the silenced and oppressed Muslim woman narrative is extremely dangerous. He consistently spews deeply Islamophobic views which legitimises bigotry and hatred among his supporters. Amani Al-Khatahtbeh the chief editor and founder of Muslim Girl wrote a powerful piece in response to him which you can read here. Ghazala Khan has also responded and asserted that she choose not to speak because it was too painful to relive her son’s death. But just take a moment to reflect on the impact of Donald Trump forcing a grieving Muslim woman to defend her choice not to speak about her son who died defending America?
#BlackWomenDidThat and the Blue Lives Matter Brigade
Sometime last week the hashtag #BlackWomenDidThat was trending on twitter and everything about it was glorious! From Michelle Obama to Oprah Winfrey, Ava Duvernay, Serena Williams, Toni Morrison, Angela Davis, the trend celebrated the achievements of black women in all fields. I found the trend to be informative and it showed to a large extent how the establishment media fails to highlight the achievements of women of colour, specifically black women in this instance. But of course, you can’t have a trend like this without the Blue Lives Matter brigade being out in full force with their accusations of divisiveness and racism. At this point, I’m just so tired of non-POC’s (people of colour) disrupting trends that have nothing to do with. Literally, anytime I see their tweets, my Nigerian self just thinks:
Who called you into the conversation? Wetin consign you? Why are you still here?
We don’t need a #WhiteWomenDidThat trend because the only thing that’s shoved in our faces are the achievements of white men and white women. Some of the responses from the blue lives matter brigade are so indicative of the problems we have in society. Rather than just sit back and use the trend as an educative tool all they wanted to do was derail the conversation and be present in a space where they didn’t need to be in. But you can trust that black twitter has no chill, so the #WhiteWomenDidThat trend backfired in many ways!
The case of Freddie Gray and Black Defendant in Lousiville, Kentucky
Freddie Gray is the name of the 25-year-old black man who suffered a spinal-cord injury after being arrested by Baltimore police. Mr Gray died seven days later and the medical examiner recorded his death as a homicide, noting that the six officers’ “acts of omission” during a fraught ride in a police van—not securing him with a seatbelt and not getting him medical care quickly enough—had contributed to his death. In what was unsurprising news, one of the Baltimore police officer was found not guilty on four charges relating to his death.
Without a doubt, the most enraging news article from last week was the inhumane and unacceptable treatment of a black woman who was presented in court at Louisville Kentucky without her pants. Her request for appropriate clothing and hygiene products were refused by officers at the jail where she was held. Can you imagine how humiliating this experience must have been for her? The American criminal ‘justice’ system is broken and does not work for Black people.At this point, I am emotionally worn out reading stories like this so I’m just going to leave this here.
“The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman, the most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.” – Malcolm X