This is very important. It highlights the respectability politics that fueled a lot of the Civil Rights movement. It’s never to discredit Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King, but it is so important to understand that there were other people involved in this whole thing and also to understand why their names are rarely mentioned. There is a reason why the young, handsome, college-educated, MLK was recruited to play the position of the leader just as there was a reason why Rosa Park’s was made the face of the bus boycotts.
It also needs to be said that Claudette Colvin becoming an unwed mother was not the only reason that she was not publicized…Claudette (who is still alive today, at the age of 74…remember folks, this is OUR HISTORY) is a dark skinned black woman. Don’t tell me that shadism didn’t come into play in these decisions. It’s something that needs to be acknowledged and owned up to.
Welcome back to Shaming Racists: the Halloween Edition! Ladies and gentlemen, I present:
Caitlin Cimeno, also known as Kt Cimeno of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. Employed at Our Market Package Store.
William Filene from Quincy, Massachusetts.
This is all public on facebook. All three pictures can be found on Caitlin Cimeno’s Instagram, @ktcimeno.
There’s no question that the three of them are racists, but Caitlin disgusted me by taking an unconsented picture of somebody else’s little girl, somebody else’s child, and using them as the target of racism for a facebook status. I’m including that too because how nasty do you have to be? As if the Halloween photos don’t answer that question.
Let me add that this stuff right here, EVERYBODY, is the reason you can’t darken your skin to portray a Black person. Because this is used to dehumanize us. Whether you intend to or not, you are perpetrating Blackface.
IT. IS. RACIST.
Caitlin Cimeno, Greg Cimeno, and William Filene are three of thousands. But justice will be served where it can. For them to make a mockery of Trayvon Martin’s death is disgusting, as is every single person praising them in the comments and every person defending them.
Look at how little value Black lives have in some people’s lives. Look at how today, yes, in 2013, our deaths are something to be laughed at, mocked, and our bodies worn as a Halloween costume. This is how we are dehumanized. Only one of thousands of ways.
Happy fucking Halloween.
We are literally the worst.
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