.@AmandlaStenberg You’re To Be Commended
…for letting your thoughts and decisions referencing yourself and your people determine your actions…seems like a perfect example of what a Wakandan would do.
WOW!!! I started not to respond to this post but something prompted me to read the backstory some of which is this https://yhoo.it/2FaQfZo:
Amandla Stenberg says she walked away from “Black Panther” because her skin complexion is lighter than that of the other cast members, and she wanted to give “darker-skinned” actors a space.
“One of the most challenging things for me to do was to walk away from ‘Black Panther,’” she told CBC. “I got really, really close and they were like, ‘do you want to continue fighting for this?’ And I was like, this isn’t right.”
She added, “These are all dark skin actors playing Africans and I feel like it would have just been off to see me as a bi-racial American with a Nigerian accent just pretending that I’m the same colour as everyone else in the movie.”
“That was really challenging, to make that decision, but I have no regrets,” she continued. “I recognize 100 percent that there are spaces that I should not take up and when I do take up a space it’s because I’ve thought really, really critically about it and I’ve consulted people I really trust and it feels right.”
As an Independent Racism Scholar who’s mission includes helping us, Black folk, not act complicity with the system of racism/white supremacy (#sr/ws), it’s my opinion that Amandla’s decision is, 1st, most rare…seldom do we allow our knowledge of the #sr/ws to instruct our decisions and behaviors and act in ‘our’ interest…which is what Amandla did… .@Almandlasternberg you’re to be commended.
The point, is to know and not act accordingly is actually, to be complicity with #sr/ws…aganst ‘our’ interest.
2nd, as .@MadisonSiriusXM says constantly, ‘there’s something we all can do’ and then he asks, ‘what are you going to do’?
My point, there is something we all can do and here, Amandla did something that’s seldom done and that’s ‘respect our people to the highest and give a dark skinned sister a chance’.
An extension but related, psychiatrist, Dr. Frances Cress Welsiing, intimated at several of her lectures, ‘when we, Black people, begin to show love to the darkest of us, we’ll know we’re beginning to love self…like the people of Wakanda do.