S1 E44: No ID

airdate: 14 December 2016

Genie announces the first prize for her Wishlist giveaway and gets into why Young Thug, and Young MA, shouldn’t be expected to be woke just because they’re different.

Show Transcript

Good morning, Black Twitter.
I’m your host, Genie Lauren, and today I’m tweeting for people who never really cared about Santa Claus.

You know how some parents are *really* intent on keeping up the charade, and some kids get so upset when they find out Santa isn’t real?

Yeah. . . that wasn’t me.

I didn’t actually hear someone say the words, “Santa’s not real”, until I was in the fourth grade. And, then, I was just kinda like. . . *shrug* I’m still getting presents, though, right?

This gravy train of toys and clothes isn’t coming to a stop just because there’s no Santa, is it? . . . Well, alright!

I kept getting presents for Christmas up through high school, so. . . Santa shmanta. Who cares?!

Anyhoo. Speaking of gift giving, I would like to announce Genie’s Holiday Wishlist!

[carol-like music]

I’ll be giving away one of my favorite things to a lucky #TeaTime fan on Fridays! In order to win, all you have to do is subscribe to the YouTube channel or subscribe to the newsletter (and, if you want to increase your chances of winning, subscribe to both).

Each Friday I’ll pull a name out of my trusty rusty boot, and announce the winner.

The prize from my wishlist this week is Haus Urban lip glides.

Mmmmm

You might recall, Haus Urban was the very first friend to the show when we kicked things off, back in August. It’s a complete skin care line that you can check out at hausurban.com . . . and, this Friday I’ll be giving away the lyrical lemon lip glide.

When I tell you, this lip glide is sex. . . it’s sex. And, it’s unisex, so if you’re a man or woman, or anything in between, and you want to win this lip glide subscribe to the YouTube channel or go to goodmorningblacktwitter.com to subscribe to the newsletter.

And, yes, if you’ve already subscribed to either – or both – you’re already in the running to win.

Okay, now that that’s out of the way. . . y’all, can we talk. . . for a minute?
Y’all I want to know your name . . . just playing.

But, there’s a theme that’s been circling around my timeline for a while and it’s this unfortunately this idea that people from marginalized groups are expected to be inherently . . . woke, for lack of a better word.

That idea is bullshit.

I’ve seen it in two instances, first with the rapper Young MA . . . you know Young MA, right?
If you don’t, that’s okay, because I don’t really know Young MA either.

Basically, Young MA is a rapper, she’s also a lesbian presents herself very masculine.

Like. . . if her facial features were a little bit different, and her voice were a little bit deeper, the average person would automatically think she’s a man.

Now, there’s a lot of talk about the fact that Young MA’s lyrics are laced with misogyny.

That’s fair.

Some of it is also couched in this idea that Young MA shouldn’t be misogynist since she’s a homosexual woman.

That’s not fair.

Nothing about being a woman, or being gay, makes Young MA any more woke than the next person.

Just like there are black people who are white supremacists, there are women who are misogynists. . . and you know what? I guarantee you there are gay people who are homophobes.

I’m not gay. I don’t know them. But, I’d bet $5 on it right now.

Let me just get my wallet out my purse, hold on. . .

The other example I’ve seen of this is with regard to Young Thug.

You remember Young Thug. . . the rapper who wore a dress on the cover of his mixtape.

That dude. Yeah.

Well, a lot of people defended young Jeffrey wearing this dress on the cover of his mixtape, including yours truly.

Roll tape.

[insert clip from episode 8 ‘Yes to the Dress’ episode 7:16 – 7:25 mark]

That was from episode 8, if you want to see the rest of what I said. Good times.

After getting support for wearing a dress on his album cover, back in August, Young Thug turned around and did this – just this past week.

[insert video of Young Thug verbally assaulting women at the airport]

And, a lot was being said about black women praising Young Thug while it turns out he’s a misogynist. . . I’m not even gonna go there, right now.

What I do want to underline is the fact that this is yet another person who seems to, at the very least, be into playing with gender a little bit. . . and, it turns out, he too is a misogynist.

How does this happen? The answer is identity can’t save you.

Identifying as a black person can’t save you from being a white supremacist.
Identifying as a gay person can’t save you from being a misogynist.
Identifying as a gender-nonconformist can’t save you from being a misogynist.

Identity will not save us. Demographics will not save us. White supremacist patriarchy uses every single one of us, to keep it going. White people, black people, men, women, straight people, gay people, cis people, trans people, and every single person in between.

This is why it’s not good enough to just have more black people in the room, or more gay people in the room, or more genderqueer people in the room, you need people who actually hold progressive values along with filling those demographic slots.

Otherwise we just wind up with the gay Uncle Ruckus.

And, by the way, expecting those who are the most marginalized amongst us to also be the most woke by default is pretty dehumanizing. It puts the onus on those people to prove their value by placing the burden of morality at their feet.

Meanwhile, they’re learning the same bigoted ideas as everyone else, because that’s what our institutions were created to do.

I know this, personally, as a black woman. White women get all the privilege to do as they please, but black women have to be these holy, sanctified, purity “Queens” to be valued by anyone. . . even black men.

Quite frankly, it’s bullshit.

If we’re going to get anywhere, we have to start with the understanding that everyone has to unlearn the bigotry this world taught them. Otherwise, we’re just finding new ways to keep each other down.

That’s not to say you have to support any of these people while they’re doing harmful things. I try my hardest not to give coins to bigots. But, that IS to say that it isn’t right to have higher moral expectations of someone just because of the way they identify.

How do you feel about it? Do you find yourself holding marginalized groups to a higher standard? Are you from a marginalized group and had people just expect you to be woke, and knowledgeable? Get at me in the comments on goodmorningblacktwitter.com or tweet me @gmbtshow. I look forward to hearing from you.

Let’s get over this hump, shall we? Have a good morning, black twitter.

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