Social Studies: The Language of the Unheard

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I like funerals.

Of course, I don’t like it when people die. I take the loss of life very seriously. But I like being around black people in their finest clothes. I love pound cake. I love sitting next to cousins who crack jokes while I attempt to stifle giggles. I like church choirs and ushers and auntie hugs and loud preachers and “look how much Darius has grown!” and remembering and loving and releasing unabashed blackness into the safety of a black void that no one will ever judge or condemn and, most of all, I like seeing black people being bulletproof — even in death.

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And that’s why I like black people on social media. Because — even with the outrage and sadness over a black life loss, we will discover a way to make ourselves happy. Our superpower is our resilience and our resilience is a divining rod that will unbury a piece of song for us to dance to, even if the rhythm is provided by a death knell.

I also like riots.

And no, I’m not here to plead with black people to calm down and protest in a civil manner. Oh, now you wanna enforce the rule of law?

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Fuck that.

If you’re in Minneapolis, pretend you’re a cop in a black community.

And stunt on them hoes.


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Right-wing provocateur Andy Ngo tweeted about this poor old lady.

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But it turns out, she’s just an undercover Karen.

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So of course, Black Twitter went in on her:

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Here’s a social justice joke:

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*The views expressed in this tweet are not the views of Michael Harriot, The Root, G-O Media, Superman, Clark Kent, DC Comics (or maybe Marvel, I’m not sure).


In entertainment news, I am not in favor of calling the police on black people but someone should report Wanda Sykes for dragging Scott Baio:

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Also, the Swiftboaters are now upset with Burger King about this tweet:

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And why wouldn’t they be upset?

I’m sure there’s nothing else going on in the world that would make white people upset, which is why I’m boycotting nutella.

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To be fair, I’ve been boycotting nutella for over 40 years but this is the final straw. I’m also boycotting the Yeezy slides that I’m pretty sure you can get in Wal Mart for $13.98.

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I’m also boycotting this play that I just heard about (I bought tickets for the meet & greet, though):

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There’s gotta be a better way to explain this feeling:

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Wanda Sykes to Scott Baio: