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)”

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