Rashid Darden

A novelist.

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Rashid Darden is the author of Birth of a Dark Nation, first in a series of novels about African vampires brought to America during the transatlantic slave trade.

He also wrote the black LGBT novels Lazarus, Covenant, and Epiphany. His volume of poetry is called The Life and Death of Savion Cortez.

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thewhackshack:

I WOULD LIKE TO EDUCATE TO ALL FRANKIE STANS SINCE THEY OBVIOUSLY HAVE NEVER SEEN ANY SEASON OF BIG BROTHER PRIOR TO THIS ONE:

YOU CAN EXCEL IN THE BIG BROTHER GAME WITHOUT BEING A PIECE OF SHIT

YOU CAN WIN THIS GAME WITHOUT BEING OFFENSIVE

BACKSTABBING PEOPLE FOR THE SAKE OF THE GAME AND BEING AN OVERALL ASSHOLE ARE TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THINGS

Anonymous asked:

Hi, this is really random but I've followed you for awhile and you've got some really strong opinions and you're not mean about things so I feel like you're a good person to ask this lol. So, I'm female, 19, and white, and recently I was hanging out with a group of friends, most of whom were POC's, and they were talking about Ferguson and stuff along those lines, and I was trying to contribute to the conversation and talk about some articles I had read the other day, and they told me (cont.)

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mynameisnotyellowbone:

"(hi sorry long story) they basically told me I couldn’t have/voice my opinions because I’m white and I have too many privileges. I was completely on their side with everything they were saying, so I was just a little taken aback. I was just wondering what your thoughts were on that? I don’t want to say something stupid and offend anyone. (Also I love your blog :) )"

So I can’t speak for your friends. There could be several reasons why they didn’t want you to speak on the issue. I know that with my real close white friends we could discuss the issue without it upsetting my friend group, but then I have some white friends who are more acquaintances than anything who I wouldn’t want to discuss Ferguson with. It could have been the way you began to approach the topic or any other reason.

What it boils down to is in situations like these white voices tend to overshadow the voices of the black or other POC affected. It is important in times like these to listen and ensure that the voices of your friends are truly being heard and understood rather than overshadowing them with your take on the issues (even if they may be on the same side). It’s okay to be taken aback, but take some time to really reflect on why your friends didn’t want you to be involved in their discussion. 

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