Solange gets real about racism in ‘white spaces’

Photo Credit: Instagram - @saintrecords
Photo Credit: Instagram – @saintrecords

It’s never been a question in anyone’s mind that Solange is one celebrity that will always keep it real about her feelings, especially when it comes to issues regarding blackness, art and women. And that truth was made apparent again last night when Solange went online and vented about an attack on her that exemplifies why Black people feel unsafe in “white space.”

Solange began her story on Twitter last night by typing, “Let me tell you about why black girls / women are so angry…..” According to the singer, the attack occurred after she, her husband, Alan Ferguson, her 11-year-old son, Julez, and his friend arrived at an electronica concert to see the German band Kraftwerk in New Orleans. Like any concertgoer, Solange was standing up and dancing to the music. However, she explained four older white women were aggravated by her dancing and began antagonizing her.

“We are 4 of about 20 black concert goers out 1500 here. 4 out of maaaybbe 20 out of 1500. We walk in, and one of my favorite songs, Machine, is on. I’m excited to tell my son about how hip hop sampled Kraftwerk. We are dancing. 4 older white women yell to me from behind, “Sit down now” . I tell them I’m dancing at a concert. They yell, “u need to sit down now”…,” Solange wrote.

She added, “We are at an ELECTRONIC and DANCE music concert and you are telling…not asking me…to sit down. In front of my child.”

Sadly, Solange says that the women didn’t stop yelling at her. Instead, they got violent and hurled a piece of fruit at her in front of her family.

“They proceed to throw something at my back,” Solange wrote, later adding, “My son just confirmed it was a lime. Smh.”

Despite being disrespected and threatened, Solange explained that she decided to take the higher road and simply continued dancing.

“Now the old me……But in this moment, I’m just going to share my experience…So that maybe someone will understand, why many of us don’t feel safe,” the singer wrote.

Solange then expanded the scope of her rant as she explained how many Black people end up in similar situations where they feel unsafe in predominantly white spaces but yet still have to deal with the unfair labels of being angry and savage.

“ many white spaces…We don’t ‘bring the drama’….Fix yourself. Nobody goes to the Kraftwerk show with their kid ‘looking for ‘drama’ But that’s how u guys like to spin this. Now back to me & my husbands favorite song ‘Autobahn’ ….& not giving a f— about you lovely ladies so mad this lil black girl having fun,” she wrote.

Solange then updated her followers on the concert and explained that the four white women had calmed down.

“Cuz chile they are standing up dancing now ,moving on w their lives….so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯,” the singer wrote before again taking aim at the false labels that Black people endure when entering “white spaces.”

“Peeps try to give POC, a ‘u can only speak out racism 3 strikes…or U r the problem’ card. Some can kind of trust u the first 3 times…But surely after that, YOU are the problem. Surprise guys! It happens to us ALL summer 16. And last thing…I see folks saying ‘Well u live in Louisiana’….but I say I live in a city w THE most incredible, beautiful black. folk,” Solange wrote.

We give kudos to Solange because we couldn’t have said it any better or any more honest than that.

What do you think about her tweets? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. I’m happy she took the high road. I’m a Christian, and NOT Jesus..honestly I would have thrown it back at them really hard and dared them to throw more fruit! Who goes to that type of concert and sit down? Did they pay for her ticket? NO!!! So they should have sat their old white asses down and shut their traps!

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