One care free Black woman is screaming, "Bitch, better have my money," and she's playing no games.
Ashleigh Shackelford says "fat, Black" women are owed their reparations, and is demanding coins, Beyoncé tickets and everything in between.
“The case for reparations for fat Black b****** is: f*** you, pay us,” self-described “queer, agender Black fat femme writer, artist, and cultural producer," Shackelford wrote in a piece published on Wear Your Voice.
Unlike slavery, the activist says that Black women of a particular size are especially oppressed and bogged down by damaging stereotypes and expectations.
“I see thin femmes and women (of all races, actually) who are offered protection and care in ways fat black bitches are never granted,” she writes. “Our dehumanization is used to humanize everyone else in the entire world, but no one wants to protect, save or celebrate us. Everyone just wants to eat off our flesh until we can’t satisfy or provide for them anymore."
Shackelford made it very clear what she wants in reparations:
Let me be clear, though: when I say, “F*** you, pay me,” I mean, “F*** YOU. PAY ME.” Pay me a check, pay me consistently, provide me safe housing, offer me a job with benefits, run me those Beyonce tickets, finance my clothes and wigs and aesthetics, cultivate accessibility to spaces and provide seats that fit me, see and validate my humanity.
The writer shares how the intersectionality of her race and size has caused her to endure harassment and embarrassment. In particular incident she described a "thin, white girl" who followed her around the club to record her dancing.
“She literally chased me around the club until I grabbed her phone and smashed it on the ground,” Shackelford writes. “And I wish a n***a would tell me I didn’t do the right thing, or say I took it too far.”
Shackelford--a respected feminist activist who created the organization, Free Figure Revolution--adds, "People snatch my joy because being happy while fat destroys the notion that happiness is inherently linked to thinness, whiteness and able bodied-ness.
"I can’t just walk out of the house and live my life. I have to prepare for allllll the different potential levels and aspects of violence I know I’ll face," she continues.
"THIS IS MY LIFE EVERY DAY. I’M BULLIED EVERY DAY. I’M READY TO FIGHT EVERY DAY. Like I said, FU*K YOU, PAY ME."