or some this may feel …irstyles, popularizing them, and owning them as a new trend multiple times over the past few years. It seems, unfortunately, that there is little willingness to hear the Black community and adjust accordingly. And while for some this may feel tiny, it doesn’t for the Black women who continue to write articles, comment on their photos, tweet, and generally demand that women of such power do better by the Black community- a community that their children are a part of.
Illusions. One main function of the white gaze is the reinforcing of illusions that justify, support and perpetuate white supremacy. When Devonte was hugging a police officer and giving validation to the mythical “good cop” narrative, his image was splashed across the evening news for days, and he was even given international attention. Not only did this image make white people feel warm and fuzzy inside, it supported a very specific world view. Now that it appears his white adopted mother(s) likely murdered him after years of abuse, the attention is less forthcoming. It’s very possible that if Devonte and his siblings were white, this case would be getting much more media attention. It would be filed under “general salacious tragedy,” like JonBenet Ramsey and Caylee Anthony, whose cases received massive coverage for years. This case however must be downplayed. Not only does it obliterate the “white savior” myth and present white people as the killers of Black children, it’s also happening during a time of heightened racial tension following a string of police murders of Black people.
…ll, Rae has long known who the show was not made for, and is determined to maintain her intentions. “In creating and writing the show, this is not for dudes. It’s not for white people. It’s the show that I imagined for my family and friends. That’s what I think of when I’m writing the scenes.”