Thank you the many of you who have referred me to this piece. Yes...indeed, I do address the pathologisation of blackness and in particular the pathologisation of black resistance in Living While Black historically & contemporarily...
We can all laugh at the existence of drapetomania as a medical diagnosis. Where we struggle is to recognise the more subtle & covert ways black people who resist racism continue to be seen as ill, immature, disordered or disorderly. I cover this too.
Everyone who has ever been in dispute over racism or any form of discrimination related dispute will attest to these very powerful projections of disturbance/pathology/dysfunction. I have been there. I know how toxic & potent the stuff is...it’s a violent form of gaslighting...
Which socially sanctioned & is designed to ensure those who speak out & challenge the status-quo experience madness. It’s a projection of madness. You really do feel mad if you internalise the stuff. You will really start to behave madly...
So anyway in Living While Black I wrote a lot about projective violence & introjection. And most importantly I explain what we can do to attempt to protect yourself against such psychological assaults & colonial intrusion. I propose some exercises.
I won’t give too much away. Obviously get the book ✊🏿
But externalisation & boundary work is required. And there is no one out there who explained this to me. I had to experience it. Then I had to be out of the space. Then I had think about it/theorise & suggest it clinically.
Our mind are powerful weapons. They are also powerful tools of resistance.
As I said...we did not plan to have the tools initially...I could really have written another book just focused on the tools, their rationale & their use. But we have included them. This was at my request...and it was kindly agreed. There is all you need, I think in that book...
That is why it feels heavy, it is heavy. You’re getting the best of 15 years of thinking & practice & reflections AND practical applications. Everything I know from psychology, psychoanalysis, group analysis, sociology, history I thought could help & support us, I have included.
All my thinking abt thriving amid anti-blackness. I am glad to be making this offering to my ppl and those who want to support us better. Some people have said it’s a gift from the ancestors, it’s the most beautiful feedback I have received, received it a few times already 😊

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3 May
All institutions on this land have profited from enslavement & colonialism and ALL *continue* to do so because...trans-generational wealth does not disappear, it makes babies gets passed down & invested. And neo-colonial arrangements continue to sustain geopolitical exploitation.
Hence, no one can ever tell me I do not belong here or in France or Belgium or in most of Western Europe. I belong wherever the blood of my ancestors & siblings edified a country. It’s my newly found sense of entitlement. The blood of my people is the walls of your institutions.
Imagine if all folks of colour truly believed we BELONG. Imagine if we internalised the notion this land is ours, without shame or apology. My god race dynamics would shift a notch. I encourage everyone black & brown to work on this sense of entitlement & home.
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2 May
Reminder that when we speak about structural realities, socialisation & historical legacies...it’s nonsensical to believe personal choice alone explains our behaviour. It’s a white illusion. Our lives are constrained in ways our hubris won’t allow us to see.
There’s that complex & paradoxical dance we have to do between accepting the constraints placed on our lives & what we have all inherited...while still allowing ourselves space to move & claim some agency where we can.
It’s not an all or nothing game. But the belief in utter control is illusion & as is the belief we’re completely helpless. Generally powerfully folks believe they are a lot more powerful than they are...and marginalised folks think they have much less power they actually do.
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2 May
There’s that video of Dr Umar Johnson still circulating in which forcefully oppose mixed relationships on materialist grounds. I grew up hearing this argument, so there was nothing radical in his comments for me, controversial yes. Radical nope, I follow the logic.
What is more troubling for me and I discuss the issue (but not at depth) in LWB is how it is still taboo to discuss choice of sexual partners in the context of white supremacy & racial politics and how we’re supposed to this them as non-eventful & insignificant.
I think this is nonsense and it is silencing. But it still feels prickly to go there. I would refer you to Fanon on this of course but even he, despite writing so forcefully on the problematics of ‘desiring whiteness’ as a reminder, married a white woman.
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2 May
Too many mixed-race folks who attempt to disown their proximity to whiteness need to make peace with the ‘enemy within’ before they enter racial justice spaces & convos. This is real.
Nothing worse than a white adjacent body lecturing black folks on blackness unaware or unwilling to look at what dynamics they are bringing into the room.
Anyway a reminder that proximity as a factor in assessing risks re: racial politics & complicity had many heads*. Proximity can be class based too & irrespective of phenotypical adjacency. It’s important we remember this.
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1 May
Anyway I am grateful and if any of you want my tips & to hear about my experience of writing, we’ll be holding a community session in the future for aspiring writers of colour in the future.
For now I’ll just say what I often say...think about the why? For me I was always I think destined to write even though others saw that before I did. The trigger was my experience within academic psychology & resistance & protest to silencing. This was my personal trigger.
I think you need a trigger to put that fire in your belly. If you are disconnected from yourself, your rage, your hunger, your passion...You will write, but I don’t think it will be compelling. Humans connect to emotions & to life/death drives.
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30 Apr
I am ready to share that the scholar who endorsed & showed support to Living While Black is no other than international best seller race scholar & professor of sociology
Dr Robin DiAngelo

Yes, the author of white fragility, I did not expect such support

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I want to say first and foremost that I am extremely thankful. Despite differences in scholarship and positionality (& white supremacy related concerns over her prominence & popularity), I cannot but be humbled.
A* scholar of her stature knows what it means for scholar like me to be endorsed by her. I do not take that lightly AT ALL. I know the controversies & I know her scholarship is not without issues, I have spoken to the same openly...and yet, here we are. That speaks volume to me.
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