There are stages to this… yes we will go through growing pains but we can minimize those pains. Political education grounded in a black first ideology, historical and critical analysis matters. Yes, black first… because you were black before anything else you identify with. Black defined you from birth. You were black before you were lgbtq, black before you were a feminist, black before whatever religion you choose to practice. You were black before your consciousness or awareness of identity… just by virtue of being born black. Society sees you as black. You are legislated and policed based on being black. When government forms ask you to identify yourself, there is no lgbtq option. No checkbox for feminist. No dropdown list of religions. No questions about standing in solidarity. There is black. Or African American.

There are stages to this... yes we will go through growing pains but we can minimize those pains. Political education grounded in a black first ideology, historical and critical analysis matters. Yes, black first... because you were black before anything else you identify with. Black defined you from birth. You were black before you were lgbtq, black before you were a feminist, black before whatever religion you choose to practice. You were black before your consciousness or awareness of identity... just by virtue of being born black.

Society sees you as black. You are legislated and policed based on being black. When government forms ask you to identify yourself, there is no lgbtq option. No checkbox for feminist. No dropdown list of religions. No questions about standing in solidarity. There is black. Or African American.
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