She says that word is "For Us By Us"
Years and years after our forefathers tried to erase the color lines and put an end to racism, I think it’s safe to say that racism is still alive. Back then, racism was loud and clear. Caucasians would hurl racial slurs at African-Americans, beat and lynch them. Nowadays, racism is disguised in the form of white police officers killing innocent, unarmed black men. Some may disagree with the latter, but if the color of your skin isn’t the same as those who have lost their lives at the hands of said police officers, your opinion really doesn’t matter.
I think Solange Knowles would agree. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Solange, it’s that she doesn’t hold her tongue. The younger sister of Beyoncé is known to chime in on all sorts of issues, especially racism. The singer recently gave her two cents on a subject that remains a pressing matter in racism: The N-Word. As a people, African-Americans have taken what was created to be a derogatory term and flipped it into a term of endearment. From a series of tweets to a conversation with her mother, Solange explains what it’s like hearing white people say the word.
Racist Concert Experience
Last month, Solange took to Twitter to vent her frustration on why black people may feel uncomfortable in what she calls “white spaces.” Her rant stemmed from a racial incident she witnessed while at a concert with her son and husband in New Orleans.
“Let me tell you about why black girls / women are so angry… I took my son, his friend, and my husband to see Kraftwerk in New Orleans… Was very excited to dance and enjoy a band I love. We are 4 of about 20 black concert goers out 1500 here. 4 out of maaaybbe 20 out of 1500. We walk in, and one of my favorite songs, Machine, is on. I’m excited to tell my son about how hip hop sampled Kraftwerk. We are dancing. 4 older white women yell to me from behind, “Sit down now.” I tell them I’m dancing at a concert. They yell, “u need to sit down now”… We are at an ELECTRONIC and DANCE music concert and you are telling… not asking me… to sit down. In front of my child. They proceed to throw something at my back…”
Those tweets received a lot of backlash from a few people who have probably never been in the same situation. But Solange had a message for them:
“In this moment, I’m just going to share my experience… So that maybe someone will understand, why many of us don’t feel safe… in many white spaces… We don’t ‘bring the drama’… Fix yourself.”
A Seat at the Table
Solange, her mom and a writer for her music website, Saint Heron, sat down and conversed about her newly released album, A Seat at the Table. On the album, there’s a song entitled “F.U.B.U.” which, like the popular 90s clothing brand, means “For Us By Us.” In the first line of the song, Solange mentions the n-word. But white people won’t be able to say it when singing the song. Here’s why…