Are your children safe and well, Brother, mother, sister too? I merely ask so you can tell,
I wish to know your home, Your world, Or any place where you Dwell, I want to know Are you beautiful, Are you well?
I drag this sorry carcass Have dragged it for centuries, And miles, I have dragged it over gnashing teeth, Poised in revolt, And poised in style,
But I laugh, do you laugh too? I laugh with my sisters and brothers At things that others wouldn’t get, While talkin’ ’bout jail, While talkin’ ’bout death,
I laugh loud and I laugh hard, I rumble the mountains from the pit Of my stomach, While talkin’ ’bout jail, While talkin’ ’bout death,
This is a funny situation, The life of the oppressed, This is a funny situation, Much funnier than death,
But we cannot be bleak And we cannot be meek, We must call upon greatness, To get us through this week,
And I look for inspiration, In this misery, And must say, I am very inspired, And it is funny inspiration, You see, So funny, It sometimes grows me Tired,
Are you beautiful today, Your brother, mother, sister too? Are you well clothed and well fed, And are they alive And well, Not dead?
Can you laugh when trying is Gathered ’round your door, Can you laugh at the crying, Can you laugh and cry for more?
And isn’t this inspirational,
I think of the money I have saved, ’cause I know folk Who take great Treks, I know folks Who have been To Tibet, And I feel so smug And I feel so small For what they seek I find Gathered ’round my door,
And still I laugh, I laugh and cry for more,
And isn’t this inspiring,
My grandfather, He wanted to sing, Wanted to bellow From the trees, He wanted to sing opera From the bottom of the river, He wanted the bees and Their knees, But he couldn’t stop The laughing, Round his front door, He couldn’t stop his laughing, Oh and how it roared,
Oh yes he laughed, He laughed so hard It killed, And our family Laughs harder still, Yes our laughter Shakes the hills, ’bout my grandfather, And his unborn dream, ’bout my grandfather, And his blissful screams,
Are you beautiful, Do you create great things, Do you read beautiful poetry, And all those other Beautiful things, I think I would like to too, You know, Prose, paint and draw, But I am so addicted to laughing, It just leaves me wanting more, Like an injection, Like an infection, And I do not know withdrawal,
I’ve had to Cross coals and attitudes, Seen my sisters hanging, And my brothers too, Disease is not far either, Others die from aids too,
We sit around our lounge rooms, Discussing jail and suicide as though asking One lump or two? And all of this makes me laugh, And I laugh Till I am blue,
I am accosted by misinformation When it is said, Ah you are a peaceful people, Your people do love Peace, Oh yes we know beauty, And yes we know peace, But peace and beauty Are uninspiring, Unless You’ve been to Greece,
My people shout, Till the highest tree Has heard it, We brag about poverty, And say things like, Have you read it,
My people speak loudly, About those who have fallen before us, Speak proudly, Bout those who fall Beside Us,
I am not a peaceful person, Simply because I am not At peace, If only I could stop laughing, If only I could Silence This beast,
Are you inspired?
Does insecurity Rattle your windows? And your family When They gather,
Does insecurity Rattle your perceptions, And everything That Matters?
Are you beautiful? And is all well In your world Today, Are you not condemned For the things You might, Or might not Say,
Are you inspired, by that which is gathered ’Round your door?
Does it leave you wanting Does it leave you wanting For more?
Do you find it funny Can you laugh At the in betweens,
Could you rise each day To do, Those gotta do Things,
Is survival funny, Or has it become a Chore,
Could you laugh If misery Were crowded ’round your Door?
Could you be so inspired, You would beg and want For More,
Could you take Your broken heart, And paint The most magnificent masterpiece The world has ever seen,
Could you take The blood of your sister, And make people Believe In a Dream,
Could you take Conversations about jail and suicide And make it as though You were saying One lump Or Two,
Could all of these things Inspire The brilliance Which you are sure Lives Inside of You.
You have a good point, but it’s not ignorant when people say that. If anything it’s true since when people see the way one person acts it can be turned into something generalized to represent a whole race. This is how stereotypes get started. Especially if that one person acting a fool is in a place that’s not normally forced to see said race on a daily base. So the only thing they have to go off of is from that one awful experience. Hopefully this makes sense.
It is ignorant, because people shouldn’t think this way.
No matter where people are from, they shouldn’t think this way. ever. I’m not saying people don’t think this way, I’m just saying that we should start teaching people that thinking this way will not accomplish anything.
Excusing someone’s views on an entire race of people, by saying that they live in a homogeneous area is not okay. nor will that ever be okay.
People should be judged as individuals. The sad reality is that sometimes people don’t. If someone does something stupid it should just be them being stupid. Not all blacks/hispanics/asians etc are stupid. I’m tired of carrying the whole race on my back. I should be able to do something without it being reflected on my whole race.
You can’t even do something positive without it being reflected on the entire race. “You’re smart for a _______. You’re not like other ____” It is offensive. You don’t say Lincoln was one of the good whites. NO. You say Lincoln was a good person due to w/e.
Social Media in recent years has been an effective instrument in creating constructive social change. Our idea isn’t as different as movements in the past. We want to use sites like twitter to open dialogue between Korean Music Artists and the fans they appeal to. The goal is to educate not attack these people. Ignorance should be fought with education. With that were appealing to all K-Pop fans to alert these entertainers to the harmful nature of black face, stereotypes, and other racial comments.
The complete list of Korean Entertainers/Celebrities with twitters can be found here curtsey of aa-chan.net.
The next list we will be posting will probably be a list of known English speaking them K-Entertainers.
The goal is to tweet about grievances in the K-Pop industry without being offensive. I repeat without being offensive.
We want positive dialogue between both parties. If we insult or anger them they won’t take what we have to say seriously.
At the moment we are trying to come up with a template that followers can send. We would really love to have it in both Korean and English.
If anyone is fluent in Hangul please send me a message.
If you have an ideas on the tweet template feel free to submit it.
“Passive racism is more subtle and can be seen in the collusion of laughing when a racist joke is told, letting exclusionary hiring practices go unchallenged, of accepting as appropriate the omissions of people of color from the curriculum, and avoiding difficult race-related issues. Because racism is so ingrained in the fabric of American institutions, it is easily self-perpetuating. All that is required is to maintain business as usual.”—“Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”- Beverly Daniel Tatum, PH.D. (via blackandwhiteomnivouriousbear)