Sooooo, even in the middle of writing this post, I could already feel the backlash, son. In any case, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t persevere, man. With that being said, I feel like everyone got Charlamagne Tha God‘s point about Tomi Lahren wrong. Now, when I say that, I’m not even discussing his decision to hang out with her on the streets of New York. That’s a much different, and troubling, point entirely. In actuality, I’m talking about the Twitter shitstorm he started when he expressed his desire to see more liberals and minority women have a “platform” as visible as Lahren’s. In all honesty, if we really think about it, that’s what all of us “woke” people should want. We should all be fighting to control our own narratives and present them to the most people as possible.
Now, before I continue, let me get one thing out of the way: I disagree with literally EVERYTHING that comes out of Tomi Lahren’s mouth. On the real, her basic lack of knowledge, coupled with the arrogance she speaks with, irks me to my core. Here’s the thing, though: every time she says something flippantly stupid, it goes viral and we all waste our time trying to debate her. By riling us all up, she’s accomplishing the exact thing she set out to do. Her ratings only increase and the idiots who follow her only feel empowered. Being real, if we had more direct competition to her piss pile of a show, we’d be able to cut down on her “influence.” I mean, look at what happens any time someone actually challenges her. Trevor Noah made her look like a fool on The Daily Show. The more we’re on everyone’s radar, the more we can rid our society of trolls like Lahren.
Moving on, when I say we need more direct competition, I’m well aware of the fact there a number of women who are already doing their thing. Whether we’re talking about Crissle West, Jamilah Lemieux or Franchesca Ramsey, there are a number of Black women who are talking that real and not letting the bullshit slide. The way I see it, their platforms need to be MUCH larger than Lahren’s, this way our country can actually achieve the progress it desperately needs. Hell, as much “woke” shit as I write, I’d like to see my own message travel further. However; I don’t want to seem selfish in my intentions. In any case, the more people who are engaged, the stronger our movement will become.
In the end, I may disagree with how Charlamagne phrased his point, but I believe the logic is there. The more visible we are, the more impactful our voices will be. Now, I’m not going to front like I have all of the answers on how to get the exposure we need, but in all seriousness, it’s extremely important for our perspectives to be shown. Ultimately, “words mean things” like Kid Fury would say. Charlamagne may just need to work on his delivery. Good day.