I was lying in bed at 6:00 A. M. this morning and God gave me the biggest aha moment and I got straight up, showered, put the tea kettle on and started writing. Since May 1st when my membership was rescinded from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority I have for the most part not really addressed publicly some of the petty shit that I have faced. This is the first blog that I have written about it beyond the Day 23 video which as of today, has received 55,000 views. That video expressed my pure hurt. I had people calling me from around the country who I hadn't spoken to in years who called to see if I was ok. They said, "We hated to see you that hurt."
The Politics of Respectability in detail, but the book is not about Delta per se. It's about my life and how the issues of what black women have historically seen as respectable and how that has collided with my life from childhood to Delta. Even when I was promoting the book on my blog, someone said that it sounded like I was doing it at Delta's expense. It is what it is, if I can take ownership for my tweets and the consequences there of, then Delta can take ownership of their decision to rescind my membership. Bullshit ain't nothing!
So I've been unusually silent, I think in part because there has been a large number of Sorors, who have reached out to me. Yes, I said Soror, because those who are willing to reach out to a sister who is hurting deserve to be called Soror. At the end of the day, concern for the sister is the true essence of sisterhood. I understand that I am no longer a member of Delta, but I also know that I will never stop viewing those who have been sisters to me as a sister.
Some of the things women have said to and about me have been hurtful and deep. I've noticed that some stopped following me on Twitter, some stopped tweeting me, some stopped calling me Soror in their tweets, and that's fair, I mean technically I am no longer a member of Delta Sigma Theta and some who I thought as a friend, have stopped tweeting me altogether, but continued to follow me on twitter, I guess they didn't want to seem that petty.
Twitter who I knew before she pledged Delta and I said to her, "I've noticed that you don't tweet me anymore, and I understand. It's all good." She used that opportunity to set me straight. Now be clear. This young lady is an AIDS Activist. She is not infected, but has been passionate about the issue. Through an AIDS organization on her college campus, she brought me to speak and we maintained a relationship thereafter.
I've always been there to encourage her. Even when she was pledging, and on the verge of giving up, I was there to encourage her to stick it out. When she crossed, I packed a box for her that has been sitting at my door, and still is sitting at my door because I just never got around to mailing it. I can be sorry that way sometimes. Great heart, but follow-through gets bogged down with life.
But don't come to me and say I made Delta look bad by making that video. Actually she said I made, "Delta look petty." Well, like another Soror said to her, "Our leadership is very qualified to address this matter publicly; they have chosen not to respond." The truth of the matter is, they haven't even sent me an "official" letter. I wonder what it would say anyway, their truth? Their truth is what it is, you can't get around it. They rescinded my membership because of the tweets. That was from the mouth of the National President to my ears. Someone even told me I was slandering Delta. Can't slander the truth. It is what it is.
At the end of the day, I didn't reveal any secrets, I took the pictures down within 2 hours and honestly our robes are worn in public anyway, so there was NO need for the Executive Director to speak to me in the manner in which she did. I told her I would take them down as soon as I could. I had just gotten off of a plane to go speak. If it had been Nancy Wilson or Sheryl Lee Ralph, she would have said thank you Soror, just let me know when they are down. I believe that with all my heart.
And yes I did tweet, "Don't No One Else DM me about what's appropriate or not appropriate for me to Tweet about Delta. I do what the fuck I want to. I'm a grown ass woman and ain't nobody paying my bills. Where were you last wk when I was sick with $10.37 in the bank?" And I stand by that too. My point was this, if you want to show me sisterly concern then do it across the board, when I'm sick, not just when Delta is specifically involved. This is real talk here. Are we more concerned with the image of the sisterhood, than the sister? It certainly looked like that to me on that day. I also tweeted that day, "Sisterhood shouldn't hurt." Only one Delta responded to that. All the other tweets and DM's were about me talking about Delta's business in public.
If this is the reason my membership was rescinded then don't be ashamed to say it. If it looks petty, then petty is as petty does. If all of my service to the black community and accomplishments around HIV/AIDS was discarded over my tweets, then that speaks for itself. And yes it does make people wonder about our black Greek organizations. We wonder why people call our organizations cults. We help to create an atmosphere where these ideals grow.
If decorum is more or equally as important as service then say it. If I don't meet the standards then say it, but don't say I have no right to tell my truths.
I don't have to, but I want to for people to understand that we box God into our small minds. God can and does use the least expected to do the most. David didn't have any amour, just five rocks and a sling shot. That's me, nothing fancy, just raw truth.
book. I'm unapologetically provocative. It is my gift and the essence of who I am and what I do and I will not be shamed into change. Someone tweeted me about a month ago, "Do you always have to say what's on your mind? That's what got you kicked out of Delta." Like haven't I learned my lesson?
Yep, I learned a long time ago that silence can break your spirit. I talk about that in my book too. So if my need to purge that incident that day, the way I purged, via my tweets, cost me my membership in Delta, then so be it, but ownership is ownership. I can't make anyone look bad, our actions make us look bad based on what is defined as bad by a person or society.
I hear it all day in my own life. I've had women tell me that my candor, honesty and transparency repulse them and I tackle it head on. If they don't like what I have to say, or how I say it, then they have the right to unfollow me or not read my blog. Just like Delta had the RIGHT to rescind my membership.
Don't tell me I'm speaking against the Shield, when I'm speaking the truth of the Shield. If this is the honor of the shield and I dishonored that in some way then kick my ass out, but don't make it or me something that it's not. If you throw hate at me for the truth that you say you live by and love, then how does it make you look? Then what kind of lie are you living in?
You can't have it both ways. You can't say I don't deserve to be a Delta because I dishonored the Shield with my tweets, then turn around and tell me I'm wrong for telling. The fact that it was done behind my back was cold blooded enough but to turn around and tell me that I can't talk about it because it makes you look bad is some straight madness.