September 12, 2016


Read Solange's Essay on Being Black & Afraid in 'Predominantly White Spaces'

Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Refinery29
Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Refinery29

Racism unfortunately remains alive and well in this country, and Solange was the latest black person to experience it firsthand. Over the weekend, the singer was harassed while trying to enjoy a Kraftwerk concert with her son, his friend and her husband in New Orleans.

Solange tweeted and deleted a play-by-play of what occurred during the night, saying that white women yelled at her to sit down before allegedly throwing a lime at her. She described the incident to her followers “so that maybe someone will understand why many of us don’t feel safe in many white spaces. We don’t ‘bring the drama.’ Fix yourself.”

She goes further into details in her essay, 

"You inhale deeply. Your husband calmly asks the group of women did they just throw trash at you. One woman says, 'I just want to make it clear, I was not the one who yelled those horrible, nasty, things at you.' Loud enough for you to hear. This leads you to believe they were saying things way worse than what you heard, but you are not surprised at that part one bit. You’re full of passion and shock, so you share this story on Twitter, hands shaking, because you actually want these women to face accountability in some kind of way. 

You know that you cannot speak to them with out it escalating because they have no respect for you or your son, and this will only end badly for you and feel it’s not worth getting the police involved. So, you are hoping they will hear you this way."

The singer continues,

"You have lived a part of your life in predominately white spaces since you were a kid and even had your 3rd grade teacher tell you 'what a nigger is' in front of your entire white class. You watched your parents trying to explain why this was wrong to her and learned then it can be virtuously impossible to get your point across.

After you think it all over, you know that the biggest payback you could have ever had (after, go figure, they then decided they wanted to stand up and dance to songs they liked) was dancing right in front of them with my hair swinging from left to right, my beautiful black son and husband, and our dear friend Rasheed jamming the hell out with the rhythm our ancestors blessed upon us saying….We belong. We belong. We belong.  We built this."

Click here to read Solange's essay in full, and see some tweets from the concert below: