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Steve McQueen & Lupita Nyong’o: Black Excellence Personified

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theuppitynegras:

ROBERT SMALLS HIJACKED A CONFEDERATE SHIP TO ESCAPE SLAVERY

WHY THE FUCK AM I JUST NOW HEARING OF THIS

WHY ISN’T THERE A MOVIE

WHY ISN’T THERE A NATIONAL HOLIDAY

WHY ISN’T THERE A BIG ASS MONUMENT FOR THIS GUY

THAT IS THE MOST BADASS THING TO EVER HAPPEN ON AMERICA SOIL 

I JUST

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Many people who sent hateful feedback made reference to my academic qualifications. When you consider stereotypes about Black people as unintelligent victims and drug-addicted criminals, it seems unfathomable that a Black woman could have an engineering degree from MIT, a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, and have been employed as a faculty member at an Ivy League school. My achievements sparked anger and jealousy in many because they are seen as a violation of the stereotype, or the proper social order. There is no way that a racist can imagine I might have earned all this from just a good brain and hard work. For that reason, many tried to make this "right" by addressing me in a disrespectful manner, using demeaning and sexist language, and expressing disbelief over my achievements. It’s a broken logic that perpetuates hate: by pulling down successful people of color, racists think they pull themselves up.

Dr. Monica Williams, Ph.D, in reply to the hate she received for her post on colorblind racism on psychologytoday.com.  (via thisiseverydayracism)
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