Kishonna Gray on Django
Ok - finally, I am offering my two cents on Django. I had no problem with the excessive use of the N word. Sadly, it has become so normalized I don't even flinch when I hear it (even when the 'cool' white person says it). I use it often myself! I have no problem with the historical inaccuracies (everybody had on Ray Bans right!) I have no problem with the Hollywood drama of finally making slavery entertaining and funny (kinda sarcastic here). But I will tell you the problem and danger of Django....
This hyper masculine, hyper physical, cunning figure that Jamie Foxx' character portrays confirms for White America the ongoing sanctions of policing and punishing the
black male. Django outwitted and outsmarted the White man on several occasions. He even walked off happily into the sunset. With his Black female by his side (of course, in need of saving from the ongoing sexual violence ever present in her life), Django confirms why the Black male has always and will always be a threat to white values and white America. He's a beast that needs to be tamed; if he's not, he'll kill us all!!!
White folks were terrified of him (they didn't admit this!). This was not a comedy. This was nightmare on slave street for White people. From Willie lynch to Jim Crow to bill o Reilly and rush Limbaugh. The white man has been trying to figure out the beast from the dark continent for centuries. His quest to taming the beast continues.
In the words of Boris the Animal (my bad, just Boris): no prison can hold me!
Alot of people have recently gone natural to prove a point: we're happy to be nappy; proud to be natural; etc. But I decided to stop perming my hair because I'm cheap and I have no patience for hair salons. I got tired of spending $60 bucks for a hairstyle that may last a few days. I can't sleep on my hands either, so it was just a waste. So I decided to let what God gave me come on out and this was the end result. If you like it cool. If you don't, I could care less.
As far as hair politics go, I wish more Black women would be proud and comfortable enough to wear their hair how it naturally forms from their head. I know it's easier to manage straight hair, but you can go for days and not do a thing to your fro. People NEVER know when I'm having a bad hair day! ha! But we never discuss the standard of beauty that was created that led to us perming our hair: white womanhood was the standard, and thus it became our standard to live up to. But if you realize, we have never been able to uphold standards of white feminine beauty, our hair, our bodies, our dress, our existence is opposite of that. We need to embrace our own unique beauty and create our own standards, our own norms, and create our own set of politics (if you want to).
I also stop wearing hair weave because it makes me itch - that's it (although it does smell funny (the cheaper it is the funnier it smells)). I think it's beautiful (sometimes).
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