“That’s cute that you thought your rib was strong enough to make me / when it is my hips and my womb that have allowed you to be.”
“‘Who Taught You to Hate Me?’ embodies my experience as a Black woman. It was written after witnessing an exchanging between our freedom fighters in Ferguson, MO—who are mostly Black women. The women held a #BlackWomensLivesMatter protest to highlight the erased stories of Black women killed by police. Though the protest had a nice turn out, one important piece was missing—Black men. Out of hundreds of people, the number of Black men who showed up could be counted with single digits. After expressing devastation and confusion regarding Black men’s absence, the women were met with contempt and outright disrespect from Black men, telling them they were centering themselves, divisive, even name calling. The title is inspired by Malcolm X’s infamous ‘who taught you to hate yourself?’ speech in so far as that because Black women birth/give life to Black men, to hate her is to hate himself and his origins.”—Angel Parker
“Who Taught You to Hate Me?” was performed at Gallatin in February 2016 as part of Say It Loud! and in April 2016 as part of the Gallatin Arts Festival.