Happy Kwanzaa! These are the 7 principles that we celebrate (work them into your everyday life)
Soooooo…..as I strolled on my Instagram timeline this morning I found these pictures….shocking I know
The foolishness is set to continue. So lets discuss what I found shall we? First I found the Paula Dean picture (-_-) posted by a person of color who seemed to think it was hilarious
And then I scrolled down further and saw the one of the Caucasian individual who for some reason felt as though she could give a better insight on the topic of the N word *have no idea why* and I hate to sound a certain way right now but at the moment I feel some kind of way (my thoughts aren’t organized so prepare for a rant)….you see world ‘people’ are always try and state their claims preaching that “times have changed” and “they’re just words” or my favorite “get over it already”. Some people may choose to accept the blissfulness of ignorance but the fact will still remain, nothing has changed….if it had we wouldn’t be sitting here having this conversation now would we? And yes it is true; these may just be words….until that one person takes it too far and the true intentions of the words are revealed.
Now on to the next one which I think made me the most angry; found this one about picking cotton on the page of someone of color as well. And all below the picture was laughter and comments of *N this and N that* making references to house/field slaves and pleasing “masa”. It’s completely assaying
*the last one wasnt that shocking*
So its come to my attention as of late that apparently I’m a *hipster*. hmmmm…. that’s surprising but tell me, why am I the last to know about this? My brother says “I mean, have you seen yourself? You’re whole ora screams hipster.” he then proceeded to compare me to his roommate who also is apparently a hipster <but i’m sure he was aware of his allegations So I asked my other siblings; my sister said it started second semester of our freshmen year in college but it just happened so smoothly. Apparently my multiple piercings and tattoos throw me in this category, along with my vegetarianism, Buddhism and choice of fashion. And my other brother says “I thought you were doing it on purpose” I mean I was doing it on purpose; not trying to appear as a hipster….I just liked how I looked and everything else just made sense to do cause I couldn’t get with everything, it didn’t appeal to me.
Of course I wasn’t trying to hear that…i mean look at all the definitions out there; so much hearsay it’s impossible to truly determine if one is really a hipster isn’t it? Because you can’t call yourself a hipster because then you’re just some person ‘claiming’ to be a hipster. And of course if you’re not calling yourself one then how can you really self-identify? And then there’s the whole notion of ‘hipster’ being a dirty word….No to mention the debate between identifying as a ‘hipster’, ‘Black hipster’, or ‘Blipster’….
I look at the whole thing and see it basically as how people can describe how someone is dressed, or what kind of stuff <music/art/etc> they’re into. But a lot of it is just a way for the man to get his hand in our pockets…Being a ‘hipster’ is really kinda played out if you think about it. All these people who [self-identify] are buying into the capitalist aspects of the culture that have been developed over time; shopping at American Apparel and Urban Outfitters, etc; purchasing overly expensive food and coffee <although I too am guilty of drink Starbucks; only when I’m studying for finals though> and trying to find the next thing to make ‘cool’….I don’t get it myself…..
*Meh… its whatever; not gonna let it define me man. Still gonna eat my plants, drink my coffee, and hit up the thrift store*