The activist/poet Maya Angelou is known for her famous quote, “When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.”
It means, when someone shows you their true colors, believe it. Don’t make excuses for them (or accept their excuses/apologies). Take it as a warning, that you now know who you are dealing with.
Self-preservation is always important in the face of oppression.
I have decided to start a new series, named after Ms. Angelou’s poignant quote. There are so many folks out there that are being abusive in their actions/language. Then they turn around and act like we didn’t see them do, what they just did!
I think black women (especially) tend to find ourselves on the receiving end of degrading situations. We are often forced to grin and bear it. When it’s a black celebrity doing it, we are told we are supposed to support them (cuz, ya know you don’t want to be seen as a crab in the barrel), even when they are throwing us under the bus. Oh, hell naw! Life is too short for that.
That’s why, I have decided to dedicate this first post to Mike Epps. Recently Epps, ranted about his daughter/ex-girlfriend, at one of his stand-up shows (personally, ole boy has never been funny to me). He stated that his visibly black looking daughter/ex-girlfriend, were jealous of his new “light-skinned/good-haired” children. HA, HA, HA! Hilarious, eh?
I guess it hasn’t dawned on him (that his daughter/ex-girlfriend probably hate his guts) because he cusses them out and refers to them as “bitches” that look like James Brown. A common assault on visibly looking black women, that we are “manly” evil bitches. What a jerk…