Poetry

But What is This Life?

Reflections

Throwin’ it back for my human rights!

Racism. Equality. Discrimination. Prejudice. These are just a few important matters people are fighting to correct. And if you aren’t protesting on the streets you may choose to write a poem, volunteer your time or even sign a petition to express your support.

But twerking in the fight against prejudice?

Now I’m down for throwing it back and having a good time in the appropriate setting. If the vibe is high I’m personally holding on! But why include this to celebrate MLK day? And how did the BLM insta page think that would fit?

In the artist’s statement, it’s claimed the ‘Twerk on Washington’ is to advocate for the decolonisation of oversexualising Black women’s bodies’. I see that point and even if it may not be to my taste, maybe I can understand the thought process. But I just don’t think it marry’s well with celebrating MLK day. Do you?

I laughed when I saw it, both out of awkward embarrassment and bewilderment. Express yourself how you want to but judging by the comments, it missed the mark.