In Solange Knowles’s beautiful new album, A Seat At The Table, there is an interlude titled “Tina Taught Me,” where her mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, expresses her love for the Black community and culture and explains the power of Black pride as well as the fear that comes along when some white people witness anything pro-black, bluntly making the exasperating statement that pro-black does not mean anti-white. When she made that key point, I was thisclose to doing a praise dance at 2 something in the morning but instead, I listened to the rest closely, feeling so happy with the honesty and love coming through my earphones. I invite you to join me at the table and listen to Ms. Tina’s input on race relations below.
Okay, you listened? Pretty powerful, right? Unfortunately, there is this underlying belief that pro-black means anti-white which is not the case. When some white people see something pro-black, they immediately think it’s a threat to them which really shows their insecurity in their own relationship with race. Since the overall society functions under a Eurocentric worldview, it can be jarring for some white people to adjust to a different point of view than what they’re used to seeing in the mainstream so they think that they are protecting a general perspective when in actuality, it is their cultural perspective that they are really pushing forward while trying to downplay the Afrocentric worldview. The fear of the unknown is so real right now, especially since more and more Black people are proudly showing their love and pride in the mainstream. Hell, Donald Trump is actually up for president because of this fear which is partly due to the media’s love of pushing the divide and conquer agenda as well as people’s own dormant discomfort for anything or anyone different from them. However, if people weren’t so scared of each other, this wouldn’t be an issue at all because we would love everyone that love themselves and love their culture. Maybe one day, we’ll get there but in the meantime, we can all sip some fresh tea from Ms. Tina, possibly learn a thing or two, and enjoy our seat at this table.
So now I want to hear from you, what do you think about pro-black being automatically linked to anti-white and why do you think this is the case? Let’s talk about it!