Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Fat, Black and Proud? I Don't Think So.

Hi Meltingpot Readers,

I'm still grading papers, but I couldn't let this one slip by. And by this one, I mean Alice Randall's cringe worthy op-ed piece that ran in last Sunday's New York Times where she declared that "many Black women are fat because we want to be." Ouch. That wasn't the point of the article, but it's the message that people are sure to walk away with.

I don't have time to write out why I think Randall was wrong on this one, but that's okay because many others have done the work for me. Over at Madam Noire, there is a well-worded response that sums up my feelings exactly. For the record, I am a big fan of Randall's fiction, but I don't know what she was thinking when she sat down to write this piece. (sigh)

I'm listening if you want to share.



Anonymous said...

Two maybe three paragraphs into reading the article, it made me feel a sadness inside. I question why are we still comparing our bodies based on the next woman's color. Any woman who is somewhat educated knows that in order to live a healthy fulfilled life one must take care of herself physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Since I've moved back to the states, seems like I've jumped in a time portal back to the times of black and white.

Women in general should be more concerned about being in good health rather than keeping her man happy by being over
weight. That article not only puts women of color in a box by comparing but it also makes women of color sound ignorant.

LT said...

I know exactly what you mean. (sigh) Where are you moving back from?

Anonymous said...

Hi Lori,

I'm moving back from Qatar, I lived there for 8yrs and before that 3.5yrs in Germany, and 2yrs in Japan.

I'm trying to take so much in since I have come back, I really just want to run back overseas, but I being a warrior (student of life) realize that there must be something for me to learn since I feel so much resistance since inside of me since I have returned back.

I love the USA I just see it differently now. Not saying that I did not experience any kind of negative race issue while living abroad, because I did on many different levels, but it is quit different here in the USA.

Well, I've rambled on and on. I love your book Kinky Gazpacho, its a beautiful written story!

Love and Light,
Nika Marie