What’s up, Fam???
After Nicki Minaj’s video resurfaced of her giving an apparently underage boy a lap dance, I figured her run as a contestant on Wheel of Cancelation was official.
I was more accurate than I expected.
This week, Nicki was seen between crosshairs of liberal Twitter’s pitchforks and hashtags for comments she made vis a vis jabs, pokes, and sinopharm shots.
Liberals Vs Health-Based Critical Thinking
Initial update on Jack Dorsey’s Twitter discusses why she did not attend Met’s Gala 2021 alongside Saweetie and AOC.
Ironically, this seemingly harmless(I thought using “innocuous” there was too punny) explanation to her fans detailing her whereabouts, or where-not-abouts, and promotion of health-based critical thinking garnered ire. Nicki Minaj can hire a team of researchers. World-class researchers, at that.
Before we move forward, let’s not forget to highlight fact that she did indeed caution her fanbase to “wear the mask”. Not just any mask, mind you, she implored them to not wear a mask that was “loose”. She is not denying that a pandemic is present. She is simply concerned with her own safety, and wishes to make her decision when she is comfortable with her own knowledge base. When did liberals decide to make health-based research a thoughtcrime, as Dr. Torrance Stephens might say?
Strawmen & Swollen Nuts
To be completely transparent here, I really do not care what Nicki said about hypothetical cousins, hypothetical friends, or hypothetical scrotum explosions. I do find it interesting, however, that Trinidad & Tobago do not have any other entry point into a global conversation regarding a pandemic besides Nicki Minaj’s Twitter updates. That’s shaky, to say less.
A strawman argument is a play on words. It is playing on this idea of people pulling at straws instead of dealing with entire strawman. In terms of a presentation of ideas or criticisms, it is used to say that someone is picking out one sentence or premise that is easy to rebut or insult, while ignoring more salient and cogent points made in an entire presentation of points.
Okay, it was funny. But, only funny in an outside of a Black community way. Black people talk like this. Older Black Women will talk in anecdotes, or story, as evidence of their thinking. Those alienated from such communities or those that never spent enough time in them to become acculturated may not understand such folkways. Regardless of veracity in her claims here, once again, Nicki Minaj closes her Twitter update with her overarching theme of health-based critical thinking.
Make sure you’re comfortable with ur[sic] decision, not bullied
I thought liberals were against bullying?
A History Of Violence
All data is a collection of anecdotes. Nicki Minaj shared one about global health communities. NPR has shared another about health communities and Black Women.
In an article entitled, “Trying To Avoid Racist Health Care, Black Women Seek Out Black Obstetricians”, writing for NPR, Verónica Zaragovia opens with an anecdote about Adrienne Hibbert.
Adrienne Hibbert runs an online website, Black Doctors of South Florida. Apparently, healthcare for Black Women by non-Black medical communities is so bad, that people in South Florida needed to seek out Ms. Hibbert’s network. Although this is anecdotal, like Nicki Minaj’s tale, NPR backs up fears of Adrienne Hibbert’s clients by stating that:
For Black women, the impact of systemic racism can show up starkly in childbirth. They are three times more likely to die after giving birth than white women in the United States.
While Nicki Minaj is being digitally lynched for her desire to use her own health-based critical thinking, as a Black WOMAN, she was more likely to die while giving birth than from covid complications. Now, that is without covid during that pregnancy, but my point stands: COVID or no COVID, as a Black WOMAN in these united states, Nicki Minaj is more likely to die from institutional(read: racist) medical treatment.
I did not design above graphic. It was hosted on usa’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site. This is same institution that mainstream media outlets lambaste when a GOP president is in office but expect blind loyalty to when a demokkkrat president is in there.
Another anecdote abling us to understand why any Black WOMAN in these united states would wish to wait until they were comfortable with their own research comes from history.com. On their site sits an article written by Brynn Holland. This essay was title by them, “The ‘Father of Modern Gynecology’ Performed Shocking Experiments on Enslaved Women”.
JamesMarion Sims developed weapons that hurt Black WOMEN and for his torturing of those Black WOMEN he was rewarded by American Medical Association naming him their president in 1876. His efforts in brutality against Black WOMEN rewarded him further as he established what is now American Gynecological Society.
Before We close out, give me a little more of your time to address yet another anecdote of alarming consideration as it addresses us medical history and Black WOMEN.
Brynn Holland begins that above linked article with this lede:
His use of Black bodies as medical test subjects falls into a history that includes the Tuskegee syphilis experiment and Henrietta Lacks.
Henrietta Lacks was a Black WOMAN. She was misdiagnosed with syphillis, which led her to John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She misdiagnosed again with having a malignant epidermoid carcinoma of the cervix. She was given radium tube inserts and she died later that year at 31 years of age. During her stay, doctors stole samples of Henrietta Lacks’s cervix. These cells, later dubbed HeLa would go on to be used in cancer research, AIDS, radiation effects, gene mapping, and Henrietta Lacks’s cells were first human cells to be successfully cloned in 1955.
I really dislike ending on this note, but for one time and one time only I am going to agree with Joy-Ann Reid. Why would anyone, especially a Black WOMAN in these united states ever trust, not only cdc, but any establishment medical institution?