60 Dr. Barbara Sizemore “Black Folks Just Don’t Get It!”
0 Not allowed! Not allowed!
Brothers and Sisters, I am not sure if everyone knows of this wonderful woman, but I send this out in the honour of our dear sister Asaata; Dr. Barbara Sizemore; one of the most intellectual women that was introduced to me recently! This series was recorded in 1995, but it touches so much on the perils we are faced today as a culture and a people in his cracka ass society. I give my respects to Dr. Sizemore, for she is no longer with us, but she tells it like it is! I have posted the 4 links so you can view her series. This woman is POWERFUL! She speaks on our survival and has lived through the beginning of what our dear Sister Asaata fought against in this new society! I hope these links will inspire you.
When you do the math it just doesn’t add up. A movie costs about $13.75. Plus parking and snacks. On average, I’m spending about $25 every time I go see a movie. I usually see a movie at least 4 times a month. That’s $100 a month. Multiply that by 12 months and I’m spending $1200 a year on movies alone. That’s rent money.
I’m wasting rent money on these films that purposefully exclude me. Why would I do that? That’s completely insane.
If I took that $1200 every year and put it in my savings account I could invest in my own original content. I wish I’d thought of doing this years ago. I’d probably be directing a feature film by now. But as they say, there’s no time like the present.
Voting with your dollars is extremely important
This is so important.
Everyday I’m faced with two choices; fall in line, or fight back
After reading about gender-bias and conversation dominance in the classroom, I asked for a peer to observe a physics class I was teaching and keep track of the discussion time I was giving to various students along with their race and gender. In this exercise, I knew I was being observed and I was trying to be extra careful to equally represent all students―but I STILL gave a disproportionate amount of discussion time to the white male students in my classroom (controlling for the overall distribution of genders and races in the class). I was shocked. It felt like I was giving a disproportionate amount of time to my white female and non-white students.
Even when I was explicitly trying, I still failed to have the discussion participants fairly represent the population of the students in my classroom.
This is a well-studied phenomena and it’s called listener bias. We are socialized to think women talk more than they actually do. Listener bias results in most people thinking that women are ‘hogging the floor’ even when men are dominating."
Stop interrupting me: gender, conversation dominance and listener bias, by Jessica Kirkpatrick from Women In Astronomy
Implicit bias is a thing, just like privilege. Calling it out isn’t meant to shame anyone, but to alert us to step it up and improve ourselves so everyone can have a voice. Be conscious of what you and others are saying, and know when not to speak.
So my workplace is trying to suppress my natural black hair…