The creator of this t-shirt, Andrea Carter, called me an ‘uppity negro‘ and I consider it one of the best compliments I’ve ever received. You see, my ‘uppity negro’ status is shared amongst such historical giants as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, W.E.B. DuBois, Ida B. Wells, Sojourner Truth, and other folks who refuse to accept black people as inferior. While jarring, Uppity Negro is not a fashion line, it is a statement that recognizes the rich legacy of black rebels and attempts to awaken the rebel in all of us while beginning a dialogue within our communities, says Carter.
I loved this so much Ibought one immediately.
You might be an Uppity Negro if you are…
I’d say we here at BB&W are a den of UPPITY NEGROS, yes?
So what is Uppity Negro NOT about? UN is not about racism or being anti-white. “Uppity Negro is not about hating anyone. On the contrary, it is a movement focusing on self-love and self-empowerment. Uppity Negro stresses to those left on the outskirts wealth, opportunity, or power that self-worth is found not in what you have but in who you are, what you do, and what you give back to your community.
UPPITY NEGROES, UNITE!!