Life changes & some over-do thoughts on Girls Trip

It’s been awhile since our last post. Each of us has been going through some major life changes and writing has taken a back seat. For myself, my family and I recently moved 2,000 miles across the country for me to start a new job. Although I haven’t blogged, issues of race, whiteness, and privilege have been ever present on my mind. This is particularly the case because my new city is extremely homogeneous (lots of white, fairly liberal, financially-well off outdoorsy people) and I’m thinking about what that means for my commitment to racial justice, combating white supremacy, and promoting diversity & inclusion.

But, I’ll save thoughts on my new city for another day. For now, I want to write about a scene from the hilarious movie Girls Trip that I’ve been reflecting on ever since I saw it. Before delving in, I want to plug the movie. It’s HIGH-larious. I’m normally not a huge fan of “raunch comedy.” Although I fully support the idea that women can be raunchy and funny, I’m one of the few people that didn’t like Bridesmaids. This movie, however, had me in stitches. If you need a good laugh, and a reminder to plan a trip with your best friends, take some time to see Girls Trip. And, if you need more convincing, check out this review by Slate’s Aisha Harris, Girls Trip. One of the best comedies ever made for black women – and one of the funniest movies of the year, period. See also, ‘Girls Trip’ is female raunch comedy done right.

The set-up for Girls Trip is that famous author and motivational speaker (“the next Oprah”), Ryan (Regina Hall) agrees to serve as the keynote speaker at Essence Festival in New Orleans. Ryan invites her college friends – nicknamed the “Flossy Posse” – to join her at the festival to reunite. After expressing some concerns at first, Ryan’s agent, Liz – a white woman – attempts to bond with Ryan by exclaiming, “You girls are gonna be kickin’ all weekend!” In response, Ryan takes a deep breath and engages in the following conversation:
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Mascot, or, the spinach in our teeth

Much of the dialogue about race these days is concerned with blackness/anti-blackness and sometimes it can let us slip into the sense that this is the only kind of racialized issue that we deal with. Here is a different example:

In Massachusetts, legislation has been introduced that would prevent schools from having Native American mascots. Similar bills have been passed in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Oregon. Continue reading “Mascot, or, the spinach in our teeth”