If you’re aware about the dance scene occurring in New York that has additionally taken over social media (and made it’s method into White Folks’ dwelling because of Ellen Degeneres), then you definately’ve in all probability heard of Emilie Brooklyn. Emilie could be very well-known within the New York City dance neighborhood, particularly on the subject of the lite ft motion.
The Copenhagen, Denmark native has danced for everybody from ASAP Ferg to Chris Brown — and along with her giant social media following plus half of uptown New York supporting her, it’s protected to say that Em is up subsequent.
Don’t get us flawed, anybody with uncooked expertise (who can Harlem shake higher than some Harlemites) deserves all of the clout and respect that Emilie receives. But as a White woman whose upbringing was the polar reverse of somebody rising up within the tasks of Brooklyn, some issues simply aren’t acceptable. Like her birthday video to Jay-Z in entrance of Marcy homes.
Not solely is the video tone deaf AF, however it poses the query: Are Black people too welcoming? Are we making a gift of our tradition free of charge? There are a number of issues in regards to the 16 second clip that might set off any particular person of coloration that grew up in an impoverished neighborhood:
The setting: Public Housing shouldn’t be a vacationer attraction or a prop. Oppressed individuals of coloration have been positioned STILL stay there and a few are attempting to make it out. Starret City, the biggest federally sponsored, was constructed particularly for low-income, authorities assisted Black people in 1974. Now it’s referred to as Spring Creek Towers and was bought to shareholders, together with Donald Trump, for $905 million.
The Timbs: We’re use to Wypipo jocking our model and calling it their very own; i.e. the Kim Kardashian “Boxer Braids”. But we gotta draw the road some the place, and Timberland Boots is an efficient place to begin. In the late 80’s and early 90’s earlier than White people ever thought of making their strategy to Brooklyn, Timbs have been a logo of the city NY tradition. Legend has it that Drug Dealers made them fashionable within the 90’s after they wore them to hit the block. But identical to most issues in Black tradition — white people received a maintain of them, then celebrities. Now we cringe each time we see an “Emilie” ditching her uggs for Timbs.
The props: If a Black woman got here to a predominately White, suburban neighborhood dancing in entrance of the property along with her coat and backpack posted on the gate all willy nilly — the police would have been referred to as earlier than she may end her harlem shake.
The Tags: Really although, Emilie? You simply gon’ tag each fashionable city outlet pondering they’d reward you for finagaling in entrance of such a beloved space? Nah.
The Dance: As Millennials, we let loads of issues slide on the subject of the humanities. “If you’re good at one thing, why do we’ve got to carry race into the combination?” But simply as White people profit from their ancestors atrocities with White privilege, Black individuals naked the brunt of our ancestors ache and struggling with oppression and maltreatment. And simply as Jamie Lee Lewis wrote on Instagram, “The Harlem Shake, Light Feet should not dance strikes. For us that is tradition, it’s how we survive and the way we acknowlege that we survived.”
By no means are we saying that Emilie Brooklyn can’t dance, trigger shorty has strikes! But simply be extra conscious. Be extra knowledgeable. And please, get extra Black pals.