Many times I see plenty of people having dialogues on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or any other social media platform and it goes something like this: the oscars were so white, that TV show didn’t have representation of any people of color, that music video was degrading to women, that show was so heteronormative and so on and so forth. I for one, feel this way for the many stories that exist that represent people of color, and feel there is an urgent need to create these spaces so we continue to see ourselves being positively portrayed in media. However, I also see a lot of talk from many people and not enough action to create these spaces for women, immigrants and LGBTQ individuals, etc. I see a lot of passion from folks that do want to see many positive things happen in our communities, but not a lot of action. I’m in no way suggesting that we are not creating these spaces, but that there needs to be more effort from people who are passionate about this matter.
To name a woman I love who is creating amazing spaces for people of color and minority women is Issa Rae. As many of you might know she is the director and producer of Awkward Black girl and she has created a character who is both black and awkward in her web series, Awkward Black Girl. She’s also currently writing a book about this wonderful series. Before she created this black and awkward character, many people didn’t describe black people as “awkward” although there were plenty of black folks who were also awkward. I mentioned Issa Rae to suggest that there are many young people of color, similar to Issa Rae creating these spaces we seek in media and contributing to the positive images of our communities, but simply put: we need more. We need more people to contribute what they can to create these spaces. Having these dialogues of not being included in mainstream media in a positive way is not enough, we also need to invest in more creation of our own spaces.
Positive spaces for minority groups is a must so we are able to see ourselves positively on TV, movies and shows. These spaces are important to tell the many positive stories we have in our communities. These spaces should exist as a validation to people of color, immigrant and minority groups. These spaces should exist as an indication that we also matter, these spaces should exist as a reaffirmation that black lives matter, these spaces should exist to showcase the positive dynamics of LGBTQ individuals, these spaces should exist to suggest that immigrant groups are as humane as other groups, these spaces should exist to tell the many stories of women of color, these spaces should exist to show us how awesome we are despite our many struggles and how much we have overcome, these spaces should exist to encourage us to keep going, these spaces should exist because we want them to exist, these spaces should exist because we want to own our integrity and tell our beautiful stories.
Peace and Love,