Tonight on “Now, If That Was A Black Person…”
A local dummy tries to open the exit door of an Amtrak train while en route to Chicago. A conductor races from another car like a linebacker in pursuit of a sack, startling passengers and screaming, “Get off the train!”
He yells again, “Get off the train.”
All eyes zoom-in on a tall, flushed face white man with a grey beard. The man is allowed to walk through the car, passed his seat/belongings to the next exit door—conductor still yelling, “No, who told you to open the door?!!” and then, “Go sit down.”
The man walks back to his seat in the middle of the car. The conductor addresses the train on the intercom to make it “undoubtedly clear” that there will not be any stops for smoke breaks.
I know what you’re thinking: All this commotion for a smoke break?
Another conductor of higher rank than the last comes and sits down near the man—who is still red in the face. The conductor asks the man if he is alright. They chat and chuckle more before the conductor tells them man, not to worry about it and gets up back to his other duties.
I wonder how differently this story would’ve played out if this man was Black.
Can you guess the race of the train conductors? Do you think race played a role in the ending?
P.S. Can you tell that I’m salty because they woke me up from some good sleep? 😒
P.S.S. Twenty minutes later the original conductor gets back on the intercom and addresses the passengers: “Ladies and gentlemen, we are going to have a slight delay, so against my better judgement, I’m going to allow people to step off the train for a smoke break.” 😒😒
I don’t have much to say in the way of an introduction to the video. Just watch it and remember:
1. Stay woke.
2. Because THIS is America.
3. This is just one story of many.
4. The broadness of the term “Black Identity Extremists” shows the hypocrisy of White Fear and the willingness to advertise any person who promotes justice for Black lives as a “threat to the community.”
5. VICE keeps me in tune.
–Sincerely, Tyra 🖤
I want a Nat Turner–most days.
A man willing to die
for the causes,
someone who wrestles
with the flaws of justice.
I know that God wants
a shield for all of us.
But you, will always
be safe with me
until your insecurities
And when that fire
is subdued, use me.
Let me rub your
temples ’til you feel
a tremor in your heart;
soak your needs in my wants,
read the Gospel or Qur’an,
and heed the hieroglyphs
until the Nubian Dynasty
is reborn here in The New World
or at least until the next
You are safe in my love.
If only you cover me;
I will cover us.
(October 3, 2018)
We went on a mission to see Shakespeare in the park and failed up with an extraordinary play date with some new friends, a photo shoot, and ice cream.* We were sharks, zombies, frogs with sharp teeth, and zappers (whatever that is). Oh, and I can’t forget–astronauts discovering new galaxies!
—Sincerely, Tyra 🖤
Sometimes I look at My Joy and think about how much she’s grown up. I tell her all the time that she is not a baby anymore. But when didn’t want my help to climb the monkey bars, I think my eyes started sweating a little bit.
*Dear Joy Yee Noodle: you need to stop it with this contraption you call ice cream 😅. We had to have some fruit after this behemoth of S’mores goodness!
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So I’m at the monthly HIVE Meetup and to spark small group conversation, I’ve been asked 1) to share the 5th photo in my phone and 2) how I felt during the moment it was captured.
A1: Clearly, this is a screenshot (which means I stole it, but that’s another post for another day).
A2: I felt rather relieved that it WASN’T a candid shot with my mouth wide open, mid-sentence and that the photographer captured my youth at the height of our learning. We’ve been having really great and complex conversations all week about the ways in which ‘God Wants Us’ and the type of servant leaders we are all called to be. @QuinnChicago
During this morning’s Meetup, one of my colleagues elected me to share out for our group. So I talked about how my motivation for sharing the photos that I post is to combat the hate that we see in the world and promote more love (interpersonal and self-love) and peace.
Maybe I’m an idealist, but I honestly believe this type of intentionality in what we choose to share on our social media platforms could have a major impact on the way people choose to perceive our city, our network, our neighborhoods, and most importantly, Black youth.
We spend so much time capturing important moments on our phones these days. What’s the fifth photo in your photo library? If you share, tag me! I’d love to see your memory!
For more dope, peace-motivated content: http://www.SincerelyTyra.com.
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Artistry withstands the times long after the artist cannot.
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