We've been talking a lot recently about colourism and the African diaspora and well... it's a topic near to my heart and so I've been thinking recently. I don't have much to say really, I just wanted to share this song with you. I know it's very kumbaya, 'we're all one big family' and maybe you find that a bit corny, but you know what? We are and it's important to remember and be proud! We all come from different places and have different experiences, but all of us are connected. Our recent conversations reminded me of this song and I've been listening to it a lot recently. It's a fun song to listen to! :)
I had this long story all cued up right here about the woman who introduced me to this song and why I love it and her, etc. but really it just messes up the vibe and by the time you listen to the song at the bottom you won't be in the right space. So just imagine that there's a sentimental reason I love this song and then forget that business and just chill.
Anyway, I'm sure we all have reasons we feel like we don't fit into the community sometimes. All kinds of reasons. Maybe you don't feel Black enough. Maybe you feel too Black. Maybe you're mixed (I mean who isn't on some level?). Maybe the people who take leadership roles don't seem to speak for you/to you or maybe you come from a country or city where you have few other Black people to socialize with. Maybe people accuse you of acting white. There are so many reasons I can think of that someone might feel disconnected, it may not be possible to list them all.
I'm just feeling a bit sentimental today and I wanted to share with you and bring us all together as a family for a minute. We're often talking about colourism and racism and divides. Let's come together. Be proud of whoever you are. You know who you are.
Also, imagine that they're pointing at you while they sing and you can be like, "Who me?" Definitely so.
P.S. Big up Jamaica.