"The New Black doesn’t blame other races for our issues. The New Black dreams and realizes that it’s not pigmentation: it’s a mentality and it’s either going to work for you or it’s going to work against you. And you’ve got to pick the side you’re going to be on.”
Those are the words of Pharrell Williams.
Some people don’t understand why this outlook is so problematic and why The New Black title has become so fitting to describe Don Lemon, Keke Palmer, and SZA to name a few.
We are not one as human beings. Is that a bad thing? No. Race is one of the many things that distinguishes us.
It’s troublesome if there’s injustice towards a particular race and someone deflects the deep-rooted issue in favor of a kumbaya-we’re-all-one-and-bleed-red stance. It’s usually the mentality of many white people who are out of touch and feel something can affect all people, even though it’s well known to only affect one particular group. Take notice.
We do all bleed red (duh), but those causes are not always the same.
Many will never know what police brutality and the injustice of it is like firsthand. They can only onlook. Black people have always been the main focus to the police, the system. Are black people to blame for these actions against them as a whole race, like Pharrell has tended towards? No. It’s uncontrollable, routine behavior that has been going on way before it’s ever been televised in black communities. Police murder one and walk free. They learned from their forefathers, the KKK.
In the case of Ferguson, Keke Palmer and SZA have recently stated, “it is bigger than color.” Keke made her stance right after hearing about Mike Brown’s murder and SZA only stated her feelings on it after a police officer kicked a white protester.
Now, if a white person is a peaceful protestor amongst a slew of black peaceful protestors, or they are a part of the media (reporter, cameraman, photographer) that displays the systems actions to the world, like in Ferguson, they are only then seen as a threat. Not because of the color of their skin, but due to the police seeing them act as allies to black people.