Thank You, Margaret Cho

Every now and then, one comes across something – be it a song, painting, poem or article – so poignant that it resonates in the innermost parts of the heart for a long time.  Margaret Cho’s “Being Mad on Twitter” is one such piece for me.  Written as a response to her body being criticised, it engages with the scars (both physical and emotional) of being considered ugly and, therefore, inferior.  But more important, and perhaps most inspiring, is Cho’s love and acceptance of herself and others: Continue reading “Thank You, Margaret Cho”

On Black Respectability (and the Moment I Realised It To Be a Lie)

The ideology of respectability politics is one which has been sold to black people as a solution to curbing the negative stereotyping and racism they face. Prominent figures such as Bill Cosby and, more recently, Piers Morgan, have essentially argued: “Hey, black people! If you stop sagging your pants and using slang/African-American Vernacular English (including the subverted use of the word “nigger”), then white people will respect you more.”

For the longest time, I internalised this message. Continue reading “On Black Respectability (and the Moment I Realised It To Be a Lie)”