Solange Knowles Writes Insightful, Personal Essay on Racial Discrimination

Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles (photo via solangemusic.com)

article by Lesa Lakin

by Lesa Lakin, Lifestyle Editor

Today I woke up to a Facebook post that my roommate from college shared on her feed. Her response to that tauntingly generic Facebook encouragement— “What’s on your mind?” seemed a little more perturbed, urgent and determined than usual: “This is a must read! #blacklivesmatter #takeaknee and if u don’t like my hashtags feel free to unfollow me.”  Whoa… okay, she had my attention. I found my glasses and I was in. The share was an essay by Solange Knowles about her recent experience with racial discrimination at a Kraftwerk concert.

The essay is entitled “And Do You Belong? I Do…”,  and the title is a pretty good indication of what follows. Here we go, I thought… I am about to read about how someone had caused Beyoncé’s sister to feel some type of way. I knew it would be a truthful expression of Solange having to deal with some, well… ignorant mess. I’ve certainly been there. This was going to be a level of discrimination probably more than the norm though, because why else make such an effort to share?

Solange’s essay is thought-provoking and definitely worth the read. She is insightful and honest about her past experiences with racial discrimination, as well as her recent encounter while trying to dance and enjoy music with her family.

Though the content of the post is not surprising – again, so many of us have been there – the trash throwing did surprise me. (Yes, someone throws trash at Solange and her family.) Really?? It was taken there??? But instead of responding in the moment in a way that likely would have brought negative attention to her and her family, I have to applaud Solange for instead turning to Twitter, then laying it out there again in writing, as well as covering the anticipated naysayers with intelligent responses.

Here is her essay in its entirety:

http://saintheron.com/featured/and-do-you-belong-i-do/

In light of GBN’s own essay on personal discrimination:

https://goodblacknews.org/2016/07/14/editorial-what-i-said-when-my- white-friend-asked-for-my-black-opinion-on-white-privilege/

We are reminded by her action that knowledge is power, well-chosen words are power, and speaking up in protest is power. I think it’s important that she bravely lays it out there for the world to hear.

Thank you, Solange.

5 thoughts on “Solange Knowles Writes Insightful, Personal Essay on Racial Discrimination

  1. Powerful essay, these kinds of incidents occur to people of color on a daily basis. Remember OPRAH and the purse incident. But your beautiful family handled it the right way…. with class and dignity! I am glad you did not
    let the rudeness of others spoil your family night. Thank you again for sharing your keen insights with so many and making this a teachable moment.

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  2. Solange just states the truth calmly and beautifully. I am sure it is miserable to have to prevent yourself from reacting with RAGE. Don’t think I could. BIG ADMIRATION.

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  3. Shared immediately. Reparations from old white ladies like me must be made for equity to have a chance. I am sorry that happened to you. I admire your stalwart nature in not responding with ugliness, but using the weapon most likely to have an impact.

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