Unapologetic Black Woman – Takirra Winfield Dixon

Speaker 3 (00:54:16):

It’s right. It’s right. It’s right. Not supposed to happen. It’s just not right. It’s just not, there’s no, there’s nothing around that conflict.

Speaker 1 (00:54:26):

Don’t don’t justify with me. Don’t don’t because now you want to go and pull out every last thing that they might’ve done. Oh, you know what? He got a parking ticket in 1995. And I heard that he was a little irate at that point in time when he was talking to that police officer. So maybe, you know, maybe.

Speaker 3 (00:54:47):

Yep. Yep. What did you do?

Speaker 1 (00:54:49):

1995 that you probably haven’t told anybody. Right? Were you that person who raped that girl behind the door, behind the, at the dumpsters where she was all drunk and they decided that your life was worth more. And so you got off

Speaker 3 (00:55:06):

Pretty scot-free that person. Yeah. Look, the insurrection is lives are worth more than black lives. Yes. They’re still walking around. How many stories have we seen about these crazy? Oh, she went to Mexico. This still in the news. Right. And I’m like, okay, no, no, we are now like glorifying. The insurrectionist like that. That is a problem. Right. And we’re not thinking about what that means as a country. Right. And it’s what we do in America. Like we love this. Well, we live to glorify all kinds of stuff, you know, but we refuse to send black liberation and yes. Right.

Speaker 1 (00:55:49):

How dare you want to be? How dare you want to be free? How dare you not want to get killed? How dare you

Speaker 3 (00:55:58):

Feel this way or you should be happy. Yep.

Speaker 1 (00:56:04):

You should be happy that fill in the blank.

Speaker 3 (00:56:08):

Yeah. Oh yeah. I got too many of them. I got the Harriet Tubman, $20 bill coming. Are you excited about that? And I was like, well, I mean, it is still part of a capitalistic system, the 20, but like that don’t say me or you, or, you know, Rabo, like, and now make policy change

Speaker 1 (00:56:34):

Now. Yeah. Now please, can we change some of these policies?

Speaker 3 (00:56:40):

Give me some Tubman so I can pay off my student loan debt.

Speaker 1 (00:56:46):

Please hire me from the school that I could afford. Instead of judging me for not having gone to the school that I could not afford because of the history of the school. I mean, there’s so much

Speaker 3 (00:57:01):

The amount of questions too. I’ve gotten about Howard, right? Like I’m proud, proud Howard alum. My dad was a Howard alum. Right. My like, you know, my, my father too, like, you know, I talk in, in one of the salon pieces about my dad. Like I lost my dad when I was 23. Like, like I’m a daddy’s girl. Right. Like I loved him. You couldn’t tell me nothing. Right. Like it was like, this is, you know, we had a lot of the same kind of like ambition and personality and some of that right. And work ethic and all those pieces. And, you know, he just like, he would just push me to be like, you, you you’re better than that. Like you could, you could go in and do this too. And you, and you can do, you know, and he, he just refused to let go of those kinds of conversations.

Speaker 3 (00:57:52):

And so it was lovely for me to be able to like memorialize him again, by saying Walter city put up a building named after him. That was incredible. Right. Wanted it would’ve won. It would have been for the public works, you know, workers to get fair, pay, to get benefits and all of that. And you know, the city council came through and they write like gave them, you know, some of their due, but like, that’s the stuff that would matter because that was who he was. Right. And like, he would have been like, this building is lovely y’all. But like, but like what about the workers? You know? And so that’s sort of like, I think my spirit right, is like taking up though, like that torch from him and, and my mom. Right. Like my mom was pushing me every day and being able to like, continue to do that, you know, and to have some hard conversations, right?

Speaker 3 (00:58:47):

Like I’m married to wave fabulous black man, but toxic masculinity exists. Right. And sometimes he’s part of that. And sometimes it’s your brother and it’s your cousin and usher, you know what I mean? Like we talk about toxic masculinity too, because you know, folks all the time, we’re like, come, if I just post like a photo of a black woman or a, you know, something like that, folks are in my comments, like why you gotta put the black man down? Why you gotta, why you gotta put the black? And I’m like, well, um, um, black man down, I just sent her, the black woman got some kind of insecure. You got some issues you should go take care of that, deal with that. And like, let’s not, you know, and just the, again, the refusal to acknowledge that we have this very specific oppression, right.

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