• She recounts incidents of day-today racism she faces (WireImage)Source: WireImage
The singer/songwriter breaks down the reasons why "many black people are uncomfortable being in predominately white spaces".
By
Bianca Soldani

12 Sep 2016 - 11:40 AM  UPDATED 12 Sep 2016 - 11:42 AM

Solange Knowles is asking her fans to imagine what it’s like to face racism on a daily basis.

The singer and younger sister of Beyonce, penned a poignant blog post over the weekend around the feeling of belonging in which she outlines "why many black people are uncomfortable being in predominately white spaces".

She begins by detailing the countless situations in which she feels treated differently simply because of the colour of her skin, and reflects that there's often a certain tone attached to the discrimination she faces. 

"It's the same [tone] that tells you, ‘m'am, go into that other line over there’ when you are checking in at the airport at the first class counter before you even open up your mouth," she writes.

“It's the same tone that the officer has when she tells you your neighbourhood is blocked for residents only as you and your friends drive home from a Mardi Gras parade, when you have a residents tag on your car. You've been in the car line for 10 minutes and watched them let everyone else pass without stopping them at all."

Solange later goes on to recount a recent incident where she had half eaten fruit thrown at her for blocking someone's view while dancing at a concert with her 11-year-old son.  

While she refrains from calling the women responsible racist, the singer notes that it's occasions like this that make some people of colour uncomfortable about being in predominately white spaces. 

"Having white people constantly call you the n word, or say you and your people are degenerates that need to leave America, or zoo like animals, surely does not help you feel more comfortable in predominately white spaces," she explains.

"You’d like to use the classic “I have many white friends” or “Half of my wedding guest were white” line to prove that you do not dislike white people but dislike the way that many white people are constantly making you feel."

She reflects that she doesn't "feel that most of the people in these incidents do not like black people, but simply are a product of their white supremacy and are exercising it on you without caution, care, or thought."