soooo i was on twitter mindin my own beeswax, being the benevolent servant of the god/dess that i am. & i tweeted that i wasn’t even finna read jill scott’s essence column on interracial dating & why it hurts her feelings. (because they are her feelings. & what’s my reading gonna do?) shortly thereafter, i was @ replied by @Interracial_Mag with a link to a blog post about their (i’m guessing the guy in the profile picture, who IDs as the primary writer of the blog, a white hetero cisgender man) view on jill’s essence column. now, i was gonna sit down and do a well-thought-out comment on this man’s blog. but i realized after some back-and-forth w/ him on twitter that it may be better for me to go paragraph-by-paragraph and really express what it is i think/ feel about this. and maybe i’ll put all my little comments into a neat package and send them to the writer of the interracial love magazine blog… or not. either way, i had to say something. cuz i’m a bigmouth. my notes are in italics and bracketed. i call this the lazy blogging method.
Jill Scott, Interracial Dating, and Interracial Love Magazine!
“Not a day goes by that the question of “What do you think of interracial dating?” is not asked somewhere in social media land. It continues to be one of the hottest, highly debated, and most controversial topics of our time.” – Interracial Love Magazine, 2010
Due to the response of Jill Scott’s recent celebrity contribution to Essence Magazine, we decided to write our response.
But first, an introduction is on order. We are Interracial Love Magazine. We blog on topics that primarily support interracial love, sex, and dating between white men and black women. Unlike many blogs within our niche/category, Interracial Love Magazine is written primarily by a white male. [my first question: why is it called interracial love magazine, instead of black women dating white men magazine? race isn't just about black & white folks, is it?]
As the site has grown, as well as the topic of interracial dating, we have felt the need to expand our content to discuss issues of white and black culture, race, and even celebrity news.
In Jill Scott’s case, you get all of the above!
We used to think that any attention to the subject of interracial dating was a good thing. But, Jill Scott dispelled that theory with one fell swoop.
For black women, there are internal mechanisms within themselves and their culture that prevent them from pursuing interracial relationships. Part of our work here on Interracial Love Magazine is to overcome these barriers. [what are the internal mechanisms within black women? name them specifically. can't it be argued that those mechanisms are directly related to larger societal conditions/ norms that impact all ppl within US society, not just mechanisms within the culture of US black women only? if the primary writer of this blog is a white man and the writer of this post is that same white man, why is it his job to overcome barriers that aren't his, unless those barriers serve specifically to keep him from dating black women? this implies that black women need saving from themselves. no good.]
In our view, nothing defies the social stigma of racism, prejudice, discrimination, oppression, and hate than interracial union. Jill Scott’s impulse to “wince” when she discovers her friend has a white wife defies this principle. [how so? maybe racism, prejudice, discrimination, oppression and hate are present in her life as a black woman in this world. this suggests a "sweep it under the rug" stance. or, "it's not a problem for me (white cis man in the US), so why/ how is it a problem for you?" not okay. how is this helping anyone, again, except the writer?]
In her article from Essence Magazine, she goes on to give a graphic account on the treatment of black people and how the white woman was revered and regarded in American society. She also mentions how black men and women stood together and shared a common struggle. This is true. And it’s important that we remember this part of American history. It should never be forgotten. [forgotten? possibly. depends on whose history you're telling/ reading. often ignored & dismissed as an antiquated stance that has not evolved to conceal itself or withstood a shift in larger social consciousness? absolutely.]
“If a Black man even looked at a White woman, he would have been lynched, beaten, jailed or shot to death” – Jill Scott
Fortunately, since the days of slavery, and the beginning of what would be the Jim Crow era, things have changed in this country.
We are surrounded with many examples of interracial relationships connected to iconic beauty within white culture like Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush… and Heidi Klum and Seal… just to point out a couple of the more recognized celebrities. [now, look. things have changed. but i don't know how much they've changed w/ the very obvious lynching threats of the jena 6, and the noose found in the library (among other assorted madness) at UCSD this past february. with these things -- and what i imagine to be more incidents of racist fuckery, subtle as well as obvious -- meeting black folks all over on the regular i can't say that things have changed so much. i really can't.]
Neither Seal nor Reggie Bush look fearful of retribution for their involvement with their white partners, do they? Do you think they look over their shoulder and wonder if a lyching [sic] rope (innit called a noose? shouldn’t you just call it that?) has been tied around the closest tree for them? …Please… [reggie bush and seal, first off, have the luxury of being able to hire people to protect them from threats for being involved w/ non-black women. they have the luxury of having people read their mail for them, so they may never see any threats against them or their partners. furthermore, reggie and kim k have breakup rumors swirling around them like flies around shit. why use them as an example at all? oh. wait. nothing in your statement of intent says that your blog supports healthy relationships btwn black women and white men. never fucking mind. (the argument that the person behind the twitter account said the kim & reggie example was used 'for familiarity.' plausible, but unwise in my opinion. celebrities are usually not more familiar to us than people we actually engage with on the regular. are they? i mean, wait, does that mean i'm BFFs with erykah badu cuz i play her music a whole lot?) also: that "...Please..." implies that jill's calling to mind the jim crow era is exaggerated, or otherwise wrong. if that's where her mind goes when she thinks of black men and white women, so be it. don't be so dismissive.]
Also, Ms. Scott says: “Most of us end up doing this important work alone, with no fathers or like representatives, limited financial support (often court-enforced) and, on top of everything else, an empty bed. It’s frustrating and it hurts!”
I’m not quite sure what the message is here, do you? [aside from the grammatical error in this question: ask jill. or ask the essence editors. i'm sure someone will get back to you. essence magazine has a great track record of engaging ppl in all kinds of discussion. for real. also: this quote speaks to something that a white hetero man could never understand, because he's never experienced it. the treatment of black folk as a monolith has fucked up repercussions. & i'll leave it at that. but don't start popping shit about something you've never experienced. you don't know what the message is because it really, really, really isn't for you. this is what privilege does: it lets you think everything is for or about you, even if/ when someone says 'this isn't for or about you.']
If you read the statement, it implies that black men are shirking their paternal and financial responsibilities to their offspring and will only comply based on a judge’s order. Is that the case? [in the context of the piece, it could definitely be suggested that she feels this way. again: ask. & ask some black men you know.]
If we said that here, every African-American reader would be leaving sharp biting comments to the effect we were “generalizing” or “miscategorizing” or “marketing negative stereotypes.” [you have no way of knowing what all of your black readership would say/ do. but it's quite possible that someone would take you to task for suggesting this. absolutely. the messenger, for some folks, has a lot to do w/ how the message is received.]
Yet, Jill Scott is free to slander black men at will. Is anyone offended here? Is she…”entitled?” [funny that entitlement would be mentioned here. cuz you're talking about something that wasn't even pointed at you in the first place. i'm just saying, remember that you're likely coming at this from a place of relative privilege. white privilege. male privilege. hetero privilege. cisgender privilege. mind your manners.]
It also suggests that the black woman feels abandoned and should be worthy of our concern and sympathy. [any human being is worthy of concern and sympathy, if you roll like that. i most certainly do. and maybe some black women do feel abandoned! it's valid if they've been abandoned, or told something along the lines of 'you aren't worthy of love'? don't you think? also, if you think that jill scott's words paint black women as a group in need of rescue then kindly remove that fucked up and condescending tone from your line about the "internal mechanisms" of black women and our culture. again, mind your manners.]
We all are saddened by the plight and struggle of single mothers. [i don't look at single parenthood as a pitiable plight. the writer of this blog post should speak for themselves. and i feel a "but..." coming on!]
But, that’s not Jill Scott’s agenda. Her goal is to “strike a nerve” among black men. [THERE'S THE "BUT"! where did she say that? if the writer of this post and i are reading the same piece, i sure as shit don't see that. she said there's a sting that has yet to stop burning. & it's true. because it ties into the idea that black women are not worthy of love. because emancipation was legal only, and did not make it so we received love and care. it did not stop the rapes, the mistreatment, the brutality, the distorted images.]
The reality is that black men have chosen to date outside their race for quite a while now. Black women could learn something from their male counterparts in this aspect. [shut the fuck up. black women could also benefit from an analysis of our situations as individual. especially when jill's talking about us. to us. about black men. everyone isn't dating the person they're dating for the same reason. because we're not a monolith. jill's speaking from personal experience and possibly from conversations w/ other black women. you, if you are indeed the white man who's primary writer of this blog, are speaking from what exactly? oh. your own personal experience? like i thought. back that train on up and remember that black women don't owe an opening of their hearts to white men. the social stigma alone, which still exists ON ALL SIDES is a motherfucker. nobody can undo years of conditioning by reading a blog post, or even through intense dialogue. leave individuals to their individual choices.]
Look, the bottom line is that black men do not owe anyone an explanation. Even Jill Scott. They are free to date anyone and any race of their choice. The same tactic is used on black women every day in blogs and social media to target them for “hating on their own race” or “emasculating their black men.” [that's another generalization on the writer's part. and what does "even jill scott" mean? did she say she wanted an explanation? does this writer know something that i don't? what does an explanation have to do with the targeting of black women for emasculating black men? especially on twitter or facebook? this is not clear to me as a reader. honestly.]
Why is it that writers / bloggers are so selective and precise in their descriptions? [because they wanna be? creative license?]
Listen to how she delivers her “anonymous friend” to you in her piece: “handsome, African-American, intelligent and seemingly wealthy…”
Could you assume that if the gentleman that Jill Scott referred to in her article was some hardened thug, this article would have never been written?[it could be assumed. but if she was asked to write about interracial dating -- black men w/ white women in particular -- and the anonymous friend wasn't part of a particular class standing, would the piece mean any less to certain folks? maybe. maybe not. we don't know, cuz that isn't what was published.]
With Jill Scott’s influence and celebrity status in the black community, she could have set an enormous example by electing to throw her support behind equality, mutual respect and hope between black and white people in this country. [the path to mutual respect and equality begin and end w/ individuals. and i'm sorry, but why put that on her? and why this treatment of black women as a monolith who'll listen to one person or go to one place for enlightenment? did jill say she hates white ppl? did she say any of that? i really don't think that's what was published... ]
Instead she added more confusion and dissention to an already complex issue. [dissent. not dissention. also: dissent implies that everyone was of one accord to begin with. probably not true. no group of people is a monolith.]
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my summary: jill scott isn’t the key to unlocking the imaginary ‘coloreds only’ chastity belts being worn by hetero black women in the states. don’t put any of this on her. also: privilege is a motherfucker. i am choosing not to go into further discussion of this site, especially not its questionable (to me) sponsorship or overall tone of racial fetishizing, which slapped me in the face from the first time i clicked the link from twitter.