Solange Knowles Explains Why Having a Lime Thrown at Her Back During a Concert Is a Part of a Much Bigger Issue
Solange Knowles penned an essay to share her perspective on a recent experience that her family encountered at a Kraftwerk concert.
Knowles, who attended the New Orleans show with her husband Alan Ferguson, their son, and his friend Rasheed, sent out a series of tweets on Friday (Sept. 9, 2016) to tell her followers that a group of four white women told their group to sit down and stop dancing and, later, threw a lime at her back. After members of the internet attacked her for “playing the race card,” Knowles detailed the bigger issues behind this incident in a follow-up essay on Saint Heron.
Knowles addressed the issue of the tone used by the women who were sitting behind her.
“You don’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,” wrote Knowles. “Many times the tone just simply says, ‘I do not feel you belong here.’“
She explained that her son and his friend had a connection to “The Hall of Mirrors”, the song that was playing when they first arrived and that she wanted them to enjoy the experience and dance at a dance music concert. First, a black venue attendant at the show advised them to stop dancing and wrongfully accused them of smoking an e-cigarette when it was actually the men in front of them. When Knowles’ group remained standing, the women behind them told them to sit down, using the tone that Knowles described at the top of the essay. A few moments later, the women threw a lime at her back.
This is when Knowles sent out the tweets. “You’re full of passion and shock, so you share this story on Twitter, hands shaking, because you actually want these women to face accountability in some kind of way,” she wrote. “You know that you cannot speak to them with out it escalating because they have no respect for you or your son, and this will only end badly for you and feel it’s not worth getting the police involved. So, you are hoping they will hear you this way”
Knowles addressed how she imagined the media would recycle the story.
“You know that a lot of the media will not even mention the trash being thrown at you with your 11 year old son being present. You feel that the headline would be ‘XYZ Goes To A Concert And Gets Trash Thrown At Them,’ if it were some of your other non-black peers in the industry,” she wrote.
“You have lived a part of your life in predominately white spaces since you were a kid and even had your 3rd grade teacher tell you “what a nigger is” in front of your entire white class. You watched your parents trying to explain why this was wrong to her and learned then it can be virtuously impossible to get your point across.
“You constantly see the media having a hard time contextualizing black women and men as victims every day, even when it means losing their own lives.”
“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.“
Read the post in its entirety over on Saint Heron.