Solange Writes Essay On Being a Minority In Predominately “White Spaces”
Solange Knowles has penned an essay titled “And Do You Belong? I Do,” published on Sunday on the Saint Heron website in which she talks about being a minority in predominately “white spaces.”
Solange has written this piece after her and her family were harassed by four older white women at Kraftwerk concert in New Orleans on Friday.
Solange says that she along with her husband and son started dancing shortly after taking to their box seats when four older white women began harassing them.
According to Solange, she and her family were told to “sit down now.” They continued dancing and then a half eaten lime was thrown at her by the same women who told her to sit down.
Solange recounted her experience on Twitter, but later deleted the majority of her tweets.
In the essay, Solange recounts her past experiences of being in “predominately white spaces:”
It’s the same one that says to your friend, “BOY…. go on over there and hand me my bag” at the airport, assuming he’s a porter.
It’s the same one that tells you, “m’am, go into that other line over there” when you are checking in at the airport at the first class counter before you even open up your mouth.
It’s the same one that yells and screams at you and your mother in your sleep when you’re on the train from Milan to Basel “give me your passport NOW.” You look around to see if anyone else is being requested this same thing only to see a kind Italian woman actually confront the agents on your behalf and ask why you are being treated this way.
It’s the same tone that the officer has when she tells you your neighborhood is blocked for residents only as you and your friends drive home from a Mardi Gras parade, when you have a residents tag on your car. You’ve been in the car line for 10 minutes and watched them let every one else pass without stopping them at all.
It usually does not include “please.” It does not include “will you.” It does not include “would you mind,” for you must not even be worth wasting their mouths forming these respectable words. Although, you usually see them used seconds before or after you.
You don’t feel that most of the people in these incidents do not like black people, but simply are a product of their white supremacy and are exercising it on you without caution, care, or thought.
Many times the tone just simply says, “I do not feel you belong here.”