Anyone else noticing a pattern here?
I wonder, would Jill Scott “wince” if she saw Zip and his Asian wife, or is it just blacks with whites she opposes?
My new friend is handsome, African-American, intelligent and seemingly wealthy. He is an athlete, loves his momma, and is happily married to a White woman. I admit when I saw his wedding ring, I privately hoped. But something in me just knew he didn’t marry a sister. Although my guess hit the mark, when my friend told me his wife was indeed Caucasian, I felt my spirit . . . wince. I didn’t immediately understand it. My face read happy for you. My body showed no reaction to my inner pinch, but the sting was there, quiet like a mosquito under a summer dress.
Was I jealous? Did the reality of his relationship somehow diminish his soul’s credibility? The answer is not simple. One could easily dispel the wince as racist or separatist, but that’s not how I was brought up. I was reared in a Jehovah’s Witness household. I was taught that every man should be judged by his deeds and not his color, and I firmly stand where my grandmother left me. African people worldwide are known to be welcoming and open-minded. We share our culture sometimes to our own peril and most of us love the very notion of love. My position is that for women of color, this very common “wince” has solely to do with the African story in America.
Wednesday night is poetry night at the White House and the first family has invited some of the Nation’s most talented lyricists. Artists including Common and Jill Scott are slated to perform along with Elizabeth Alexander, Billy Collins, Rita Dove, Kenneth Goldsmith, Alison Knowles and Aimee Mann, according to the Associated Press.
“An Evening of Poetry” began in 2009 as a music series at the White House. Since it’s inception, first lady Michelle Obama has hosted events celebrating many genres of music including country, classical, and even a salute to Broadway.