by Kimberly Foster @KimberlyNFoster
Most Black people have no choice but to be familiar with "white culture" on some level. Of course what constitutes "white culture" is debatable, but navigating white supremacy requires foundational knowledge of what white folks do. We're subject to it whether or not we want to be.
I grew up in a predominantly white environment and learned early that there are things I enjoy and take pleasure in, but I became equally adept at recognizing those things that signal violence.
It's a fact of life.
The Wiz is a classic all-Black reinterpretation of The Wizard of Oz. The Broadway show debuted in October 1974 with Stephanie Mills as Dorothy.
The 1978 film version starred Diana Ross as Dorothy and, of course, Michael Jackson at The Scarecrow
Here's a sampling of the tweets from folks who have no idea that The Wiz even exists.
This is precisely why we fight so hard against cultural appropriation. Too many don't even know the basics and want to come in when they see an opportunity. Pay homage.