Saturday, February 20, 2021

Inherited sleep you know they're making stuff up!

Black Sleep Matters

Teen Vogue magazine recently published an article by two writers who are calling for “rest reparations” in addition to the regular, old, garden-variety reparations for African Americans, which advocates have been advocating for years. Navild Acosta and Fannie Sosa contend that, on average, Black lives are shorter than white ones because Black people experience “generational fatigue” due solely to the fact that they are, in fact, Black.

The two allege that “the American dream is a sleepless one” for Black folks, and claim to have had an epiphany when they realized the reason they were always tired was because they were impacted by "hundreds of years of sleep deprivation" that was due to systemic racism. Their article, titled "Black Power Naps is Addressing Systemic Racism in Sleep," reveals the Black Power Naps initiative, which purports to be an "artistic initiative with components including physical installations, zines, an opera, and more." Huh?

Acosta told the magazine that black people and people of color inherited sleep deprivation through years of slavery and control, saying, “We're dealing with an inheritance of sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation was a ... deliberate tactic of slave owners to basically make the mind feeble. That same tactic has only evolved." Huh?

Sosa insisted that generations of slavery have made it imperative for Black people and people of color to rest as much as they can in the following generations. I’ve read that it isn’t really possible for one person to “catch up on sleep” in his or her own lifetime, so I seriously doubt one could “catch up on sleep” that one’s great-great-great-great grandfather was deprived of. Acosta, Sosa, and other activists are calling for rest reparations in the form of longer breaks, sabbaticals and time off from work and other strenuous activities. They claim that Black Power Naps is also “a way to push back against the false stereotype that black people are lazy.” Yes, asking for more breaks, time off and naptime at work will certainly help dispel that false notion.

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