Tina Campbell and Chrisette Michele are Black America’s new public enemies. Black women seem to be the go-to targets when it comes to vilifying folks. And no amount of remorse, repenting or apologizing can redeem us.
Tina’s unwavering support of #45, “he was chosen by God to do great things..” has been met with the sidest of side eyes. And rightfully so. I don’t know to whose God she is referring but ok, girl. It’s no secret our new “leader” is dishonest, homophobic, xenophobic, racist and not the sharpest pencil in the box.
However, I’m not so sure I feel comfortable throwing Tina away because she is extremely misguided. As a Non-Christian woman, I’ve noticed an immense amount of hypocrisy among Christians. Campbell supports Trump because of his views on homosexuality. “Good Christian” parents turn their backs on their children because they come out every day. These same “Good Christians” continue to support R. Kelly and bring their daughters around a rapist all in the name of “his music being separate from the man”. “Good Christians” show “grace” to the many pastors who take advantage of their congregations bleeding them dry only to add to their own financial prosperity.
Honestly, she hasn’t done anything different from other Christians so why is she the one we should throw away?
Chrisette Michele was nouveau soul’s golden girl. She could do no wrong until she sang at Donald Trump’s inauguration. Artists, sometimes, feel that their work will make a difference. I can’t fathom Donald Trump even having an understanding of what art is but Chrisette felt that she could make a difference by having black folks be visible. In theory, there’s nothing wrong with that line of thinking. It’s incredibly optimistic. This nation’s history, with reference to blacks, doesn’t warrant that type of hopefulness but it is what it is.
I wouldn’t sing “Ding Dong… the witch is dead” if something should happen to him but isn’t this what makes us individuals?
I’ve seen the virtual beheadings and snatching of scalps of these two sisters and it makes me feel uncomfortable. It reinforces the notion that black women are required to wear the cloaks of righteousness and perfection while the rest of the human population gets to be as messy and shitty as they choose to be with no repercussions.
We cape and give passes to the Kardashians who’ve done harm to black women on more than one occasion. Our skinfolk continue to patronize airlines with staff who treat black people like second-class citizens all in the name of frequent flyer miles and points. Even after a major organization says that we should no longer support them. Negros still line up at to eat soggy chicken sandwiches and Waffle fries from Chick-fil-A after the CEO gave gays his ENTIRE ass to kiss. He still provides heavy-duty funding to anti-LGBT causes.
There are a shit ton of examples of anti-blackness which black people still support. But somehow, Tina Campbell and Chrisette Michele’s actions were far more egregious than any of the above-mentioned situations.
Because, we, black women aren’t allowed to have missteps. We can’t be fallible because that would mean black men, other black women, white folks, Asians etc. would be held equally accountable for their own shenanigans. And we would no longer be everybody’s damn punching bag.
Imagine how liberating that would be.
That didn’t happen, though. We ridiculed and laughed at their pain. Folks tried to break them. To make the redeemable- unredeemable. All the world’s injustices, pain and tragedy were placed upon Tina Campbell and Chrisette Michele’s backs and it was up to them to take a stand- ALONE. That’s not right nor was it fair. Trust me. I’m not absolving them from any wrongdoing. I’m not willing to lynch or burn them at the stake in order to make them responsible for what they’ve done. As black women, we’ve endured way too much for me to want to see them go out like that. They’ve lost a baby, careers and their dignity already.
Where does it end?
This was a teaching moment for Tina Campbell and Chrisette Michelle to be done among “family”. One of those times where we take family members who are fucking up in the back bedroom and give them some tough love.
In fact, black folks didn’t half ass try to use these “standards” when reprimanding the singers. “Doing better” is a goal for which EVERYBODY should strive- NOT JUST BLACK WOMEN.
K. Araújo, a native Detroiter, is a cross between Claire Huxtable, Rosie Pérez and Millie Jackson. Widow, professional dragger of filth and Mami to the dopest Ethiopian EVER, she is the Editor in Chief of “Negra With Tumbao” and a Staff Writer for “The Urban Twist”. Keka has been known to shake what her mama gave her, is the hell and high water, an expert salsera and cussologist with a penchant for the finer things in life and is and forever shall be- unapologetically black.