Sep 12, 2016 12:01PM

Solange Shares Important Essay On Being Black In Predominately White Spaces

"We belong. We belong. We built this."

Beyoncé's bb sister/coolest girl Solange recently attended a Kraftwerk show with her cute little fam. When the beat dropped on her favourite song Solange got up from her seat to fully feel the music — as most people are want to do at an electronic/dance concert — grooving out with her 11-year-old son and his mate. Four white women took issue with this outburst of joy/love/appreciation, and after yelling at her to sit down, decided it would be cool to throw a lime at her back.

After suffering the indignity of having a piece of trash thrown at her because she was dancing with her son at a concert, Solange took to Twitter to explain how experiences like this make black people feel uncomfortable in predominantly white spaces. In since deleted Tweets, Solange said that her, her husband, young son and son's friend were four of a small minority of African American's in the New Orleans audience, and explained the gross experience. 

"Let me tell you about why black girls/women are so angry," she wrote. "I took my son, his friend, and my husband to see Kraftwerk in New Orleans... Was very excited to dance and enjoy a band I love. We are 4 of about 20 black concert goers out 1500 here. 4 out of maaaybbe 20 out of 1500.

We walk in, and one of my favorite songs, 'Machine', is on. I'm excited to tell my son about how hip-hop sampled Kraftwerk. We are dancing. 4 older white women yell to me from behind, 'Sit down now.' I tell them I'm dancing at a concert. They yell, 'u need to sit down now.' We are at an ELECTRONIC and DANCE music concert and you are telling...not asking sit down. In front of my child. They proceed to throw something at my back."

Because the internet is full of bumbling ignorant trolls, Solange copped a heap of flack for "playing the race card" and basically being an unnecessary SJW, with some of the grossest examples on display below. 

In response to the IRL incident, and the ensuing abuse she recieved for speaking out, Solange wrote about the experience in greater depth in an essay titled 'And Do I Belong? I Do'.

In the essay, Solange places the incident into a larger narrative, saying that this kind of mistreatment is emblematic of the otherness and lack of respect POC face regularly in predominantly white spaces. She goes into minute detail about the tone and the language used by the older white women, about the reasons she decided to post the experience to social media, and how these kind of events do not exist in a vacuum.

Solange acknowledges that people will always be hyper-combative when it comes to race issues, but even though "no amount of explaining will get you through to this type of person in the first place", the best payback you can have is knowing that you belong:

"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."

It's advised you read the hugely important essay in its entirety here, and then share the hell out of it. 

Love you, Solange. 

Photo: @saintrecords 

Madeleine Woon