Stop the presses everyone! Washington Post columnist and seasoned journalist, Richard Cohen has a confession to make, After watching 12 Years a Slave, Cohen learned that slavery was . . . wait for it . . . really, really bad!
I sometimes think I have spent years unlearning what I learned earlier in my life. For instance, it was not George A. Custer who was attacked at the Little Bighorn. It was Custer — in a bad career move — who attacked the Indians. Much more important, slavery was not a benign institution in which mostly benevolent whites owned innocent and grateful blacks. Slavery was a lifetime’s condemnation to an often violent hell in which people were deprived of life, liberty and, too often, their own children. Happiness could not be pursued after that.
So, all this time you thought that Negroes were complaining about the golden years when we got to lounge around plantations, singing songs and perfecting our fried chicken recipes? Have you never heard of the movie Roots? Or Amistad? Hell, Glory?Even pop culture knows that Negroes were happy during slavery.
What were they using to immunize white kids in the 1940s, white privilege?
Also on today’s #TWiBRadio, #TeamBlackness discussed a home invasion gone awry when burglars encountered the most bad-ass woman ever (37:45) and how “no it isn’t” is not a valid argument against the embedded racism of the confederate flag.
And this morning on #amTWiB, The Morning Crew weighed in on the Coachella Valley High School “Fighting Arabs,” the whitest jobs in America, and white feminism keeps getting it wrong.