Race and ethnicity, as cultural forms and lived experiences, flow in ways that are historically restricted both legally and practically. Cultural forms originated and produced by minority groups are co-opted, whitewashed (and, conversely, hyperracialized), and historically monetized for the benefit of white producers and consumers. Simultaneously, cultural forms produced in racial/ethnic spaces and communities for local racial/ethnic audiences exist in and of themselves, for their respective communities.
2 pieces of good news:
No, the next Nelson Mandela of the world is rotting in a jail cell tonight, just like Mandela nearly withered for 27 years on Robben Island. Or he is on someone’s terrorist watch list, or she is segregated and searched every time she travels through an international airport. Somewhere, government spies are reading the emails of the next Nelson Mandela. They are tracking his cell phone and listening to his calls, or monitoring her meetings with their undercover cops.