Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Seattle Seahawks' Cornerback Richard Sherman is elite by many standards. The All-Pro NFL star will soon reach a milestone in his profession that only a small fraction of  his peers will see, he's rich, and he's a Stanford graduate. None of these accomplishments; however, could insulate Sherman from the onslaught of racist abuse hurled at him after he gave an impassioned soliloquy post Sunday night's big win against the San Francisco 49ers.After Sherman vehemently declared, "I'm the best corner in the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that's the result you gonna get."

The backlash came swiftly. Detractors characterized him as a "violent," "classless"  "thug." But in reality, we merely witnessedRichard Sherman have a human moment on live TV. While overcome with emotion, he had an energetic outburst that should be less than appalling following a game in which huge, grown men slam their bodies into each other and the ground for millions of dollars.Public reaction to Richard Sherman's unfiltered excitement reminds those of us who inhabit non-white bodies that white supremacy does not afford Black people the space to express our humanity. Instead we must always stay calm and remain "classy" lest we embarrass ourselves or the race.

The familiarity of the racially-charged overreactions  prompted immediate push back from those who understand the implications of coded-language and overt epithets.But one of the more popular defenses of Richard Sherman was nearly as problematic as the racism he evoked.Sherman has two degrees from Stanford University, and many of his supporters were quick to point to them in their efforts to paint Sherman as an exhuberant but wholly non-threatening Black man. By this logic, the bigots and flamethrowers are wrong because Sherman'seducational pedigree makes him inherently deserving of respect.This defense, however further marginalizes those without access and opportunity. It is implied that "good" black people are allowed to toe the line of socially acceptable behavior; whereas, "ghetto/poor/uneducated" Blacks deserve the universal scorn they receive.As a Black woman with class and educational privilege, I have witnessed those who consider themselves "elite" wrap themselves in their achievements and lull themselves into a belief that an undeniable resume will be a shield in a world that despises their existence.

In some ways privilege may cushion the blow of bigotry, but the sad fact is that no matter what an accomplished Black woman or man achieves, someone will always find an excuse to view them through a prism of worn stereotypes. Our decisions are scrutinized and our missteps amplified, and from the time we are small children we learn to adjust ourselves to societal expectations of our inferiority.While the chasm between the haves and have nots in Black America seems to be widening, we are all still connected by virtue of the white supremacist conditioning to which we're all subject.

The extent to which you can conform to dominant culture and assimilate within it depends heavily on your social positioning, and far too many of us view our success by our proximity to whiteness.Those who find Richard Sherman shouting on TV disturbing do so not simply because of his behavior. His degrees could not protect him and neither will yours.

By Kimberly Foster

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The selfie generation

Im becoming everything I hate about the instagram crowd.
Im slowly but surely turning into one of them. A Narcissistic person.

Sidenote: "selfie"  sounds like a dirty word.

Thursday, September 26, 2013


I put this collage together--trying to figure out, why I like and embrace the women in the top row versus the bottom...

I once read somewhere that people respond more to energy than looks, and I think theres 
lot of truth to that. You can have the right outfit, the right hairstyle, the right values, but if people get the sense that you're a mean, cold or difficult person, none of that will really matter.

When I look at the women in the top row of the collage I put together, I think to myself, 
"I don't know what those women are so happy about, but Ill have whatever they're having!"
And I'm sure I'm not alone, on that one.

Personally, my own mood could use some tweaking, but some of you know how it goes--Life happens to many of us and we get dinged a little, along the way. But the story remains the same, which is, who wants to wake up to, or co-exist with, a miserable person?

I'm subbed to this vlogger, named Trisha. I just adore many of her vids, which usually consist of parodies, 
clothes hauls, make-up tutorials...If u couldn't already tell, her vids aren't that super serious, but, in her case, thats probably why I like her vids. I just love this girls energy! (And her ENERGY only, I promise
 Shes fun, silly, and excited, most of the time. I must admit
I DO think she buys a lot of shit she doesnt need, but, 
different strokes for different folks.

smiling suggests that you're : happy, pleasant, energetic, engaging, fun, optimistic, cooperative, encouraging, successful, trustworthy...

"Don't choose the better person, choose the person 
who makes you a better you."