Violence isn’t always physical. Physical violence is not the only violence. Being a Black woman in the United States, you are subjected daily to violence.
I’m not talking about your white friends on social media tagging you on a violent video to let you know who the police murdered the night before. No, I’m talking “A Few Small Nips” ala by Frida Kahlo in 1935.
As Leti said to Atticus, “Stop acting like this is only happening to you.”
When Tulsa burned, it destroyed Black women’s lives too.
I want to say being the daughter of the best Black dad and granddad, who I called Robert, because he said, “My name isn’t grandpa. I’m a communist.”
I acknowledge that while Black women were lynched, Black men were lynched twenty times more, and as women, our suffering in this country occupies a different space, but we’ve suffered too.
I say that respectfully.
Colorism, the part of Blackness we do not name
Leti’s dark-skinned sister is Ruby. Ruby followed all the rules, including paying rent on time. She’d been trying from episode one to get a job at Marshall Field’s Department Store.
She applied over and over again. In this episode, she went to Marshall Field’s and saw another Black woman. She was sad, because she knew, as we all know. White supremacy only lets one Black “girl” through the door at a time.
Violence of whiteness
We find out Christine, the one white main character, is also William. It seemed to be fitting owing to the recent current event of Jessica Krug.
A white woman seems to able to walk right into any role.
A white woman can be strong, be gentle, a man, Black. She can suspend disbelief to be whatever she needs to be, to make you believe whatever lie that benefits her.
As a white woman can be a slut or badass. The system will protect white women and she has the power to dish out pain if she needs to.
Violence against Indigenous people
In this episode, Black people need a two-spirit Indigenous Arawak, Yahima, to save themselves.
I was hopeful Yahima would live. Ancient characters are typically used and killed or allowed to die after completing their usefulness. This show seemed as if it would buck that trope. Then with a minute to spare Atticus’ father, Montrose, kills Yahima.
Violence against LGBTQI people
We can say the reason for the murder is that Montrose wants this nightmare to end. But I suspect Montrose killed Yahima because Montrose is possibly bisexual or gay. His murdering Yahmina was symbolic of more than just his concern for his son’s safety. His imagination of what could be possible, failed him.
Yahima’s violent and unnecessary murder shows how in some ways, at least according to the writers of this show that Black people are no better than the using white man. Because in this story, for now, it seems that we (Black people) have learned nothing from white people but to be unnecessarily cruel.
“The master’s tool will never dismantle the master’s house,” —Audre Lorde.
Teka Lo, Public Intellectuals