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In Defense of Lauren London

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In the wake of Nipsey Hussle‘s untimely death, Kodak Black has offered to fill the void in Lauren London’s love life. However, Kodak is finding his unwarranted advance has sent shock waves throughout the community, causing Hip-Hop legends to demand an apology. But there’s just one problem, the honor they are defending is not Lauren London’s.

“But I’m not shooting my shot.”

In disbelief that Lauren would “be a whole widow out here,” Kodak Black stated during an Instagram Live that he would be willing to give the actress a year to mourn her long-time partner. Saying he would be the best man he could be for her, Kodak offered to be a shoulder for her to cry on. After ignorantly offering to extend his delayed advance an additional two years, one of Kodak’s friends remarked that his comments were too soon. Other Hip-Hop artists agreed.

From T.I. to Tank, rappers and musicians spoke out with one voice that Kodak Black’s comments were disrespectful to the legacy of Nipsey Hussle. However, applause for the men coming to the defense of their fallen brother is withheld by many. The hypocrisy in their response has magnified the truth that the very defense of Lauren London rests on her proximity to a man who was valued and not her independent worth. Thousands have taken to Twitter to voice their displeasure that Kodak Black has repeatedly disrespected women without retribution. Most recently his treatment of Young M.A. has gained him negative attention from the public, yet not even crickets were heard among his musical peers.

Where was this energy?

February 2019, Kodak Black attempted to shoot his shot to Young. M.A., an openly queer rapper. Yet, because she is a masculine presenting woman, her discomfort was written off and she was not defended by her peers, let alone supported by them. For weeks the awkward exchange of Kodak’s unsolicited sex talk and M.A.’s rejection went on until he ultimately attempted to downplay his comments on March 21st. Citing the public backlash as people being “sensitive”, Kodak maintained the standard that we should expect less than nothing from his ilk.

The overwhelming respect commanded by Nipsey Hussle’s name and legacy are what spurred calls for an overall boycott of Kodak Black’s music. Despite his history of disrespectful language toward dark skinned women and an ongoing criminal sexual assault case, the ceiling for tolerance was breached when he insulted the memory of a man by attempting to court his partner. Even in death, Nipsey’s perceived ownership of Lauren London is what determines her value to the men coming to her defense. These men are not doing so out of love or protection for her or her children because they cannot even maintain this standard in their own romantic lives. They are speaking out explicitly because they respect and admire Nipsey Hussle. As long as a woman’s value is quantified by her relation to a man, you are still disrespecting that woman.

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#MyWhitePrivilege Spotlights Further Racial Disparities

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Employing the hashtag #MyWhitePrivilege, Twitter users have shed light on the various ways they’ve survived interactions that frequently claim the lives of Black or brown people.

Everyone knows that the justice system unfairly prosecutes Black and brown people at a rate far harsher than their white counterparts. But the extent to which white people avoid experiencing the treatment people of color face in America is vast. One user described their experience growing up in a small town with no Black population:

“Growing up in a small town with no Black folks meant that the poor were often scapegoated. Anytime something happened or went missing, the cops were at our house looking for my brother. We survived all of those interactions though.”

As unsurprising as their experience was, they continued with details that truly highlight disparity in racial treatment with regard to the prison industrial complex. Not only did their brother evade prison, they received rehabilitation, therapy to deal with their traumas, and suffered no loss of education or employment opportunities. Throughout the thread of tweets, other users shared similar experiences with the law where despite their behavior or knowledge of their criminal history, they avoided punishment.

As Black Twitter users read the replies, some were struck with awe and others reflected on the struggles they faced. Many lamented over the difficult conversations they prepared to have with their children. The nearly 20K replies contain experiences with law enforcement through local authorities, TSA, Immigration officers, and even school police.

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Not On Our Watch! Howard Uni President Bans Campus Colonizers

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As a response to student reports of unauthorized use of The Yard, Howard University President, Wayne A.I. Frederick has released a statement demanding pet owners respect the campus.

An email sent to Howard University staff and students notified them of the President’s decision to mark the private institution’s grounds off limits. Calling the quad a “treasured site”, Frederick affirmed the community’s desire to keep the area “pristine and symbolic of all that Howard University represents.” Acknowledging the history of residents’ visitation to the campus, Frederick referenced the community relationship before making a formal decision.

“At the beginning of my presidency we held regular meetings that included students, faculty and members of the Advisory Neighborhood Committees to cultivate a town and gown relationship. I recently reached out to our local ANC and Councilwoman to engage in a dialogue. We recognize that service animals are a necessary aspect of modern-day life and we will accommodate them as needed. We appreciate pet owners respecting out campus by not bringing pets onto the private areas.”

Last week, reports of residents from gentrified surrounding areas mistreating the northwest Washington D.C. school made waves on social media. Insensitive comments regarding who was privileged to access the campus sparked public outrage among those who wanted to protect Howard’s 152-year legacy.

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Keep Walking, Colonizer! Howard University Students Say Neighbors are Disrespecting The Yard

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White people’s sense of entitlement knows no bounds and has now extended to the campus of famed HBCU, Howard University. The 152-year-old private educational institution located in D.C. has been misused by residents who believe The Yard should be accessible to them as a dog park or outdoor gym.

Students of Howard University have taken offense to colonizers and gentrifiers in northwest Washington D.C in recent years. As wealthy, White residents continue to flood areas surrounding the university, they take liberties they have neither earned nor deserve on the school grounds. Students say they “find it very disrespectful” and have noted a marked increase of such behavior throughout their attendance.

Where students would have seen one or two out-of-place dog walkers on campus in a week, they see two each day. Graduating senior, Briana Littlejohn, spoke with The DCist, about the residents’ use of the campus, stating, “You know this is a university. You know this is a historically Black university. And you feel so entitled that you’re just going to walk your dog there?” Many other attendees feel the same, but their outrage has recently been met with unreasonable alternatives by residents.

Speaking with Fox 5 correspondent, Tisha Lewis, Sean Grubbs-Robishaw who lives in the Bloomingdale neighborhood said the following:

“So, they’re in part of D.C. so they have to work within D.C. If they don’t want to be within D.C., then they can move the campus. I think we just need to work together and I don’t think it should be a he or there or here…It’s our community and that’s how it should be.”

Sean Grubbs-Robishaw,

Grubbs-Robishaw admits to using the grounds as a shortcut to get to the McMillan Reservoir, a popular spot for walking/running. But his argument conveniently glosses over the fact that Howard University is a private institution while also disregarding its status as a historically Black university.

The campus has been mistreated by those new to the area as a location for picnics and other abuses. The university has yet to directly state that such activities are prohibited by residents, Alonda Thomas, a spokesperson, has said there is no policy prohibiting dogs and that the campus is “open”, meaning anyone has access to it.

Do you think the disrespect that Howard University campus is receiving is related in any way to the #DontMuteDC protest? Do you think the campus should be closed to the public?

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