Today's lesson, Racism. If you see something written here that you’ve said or done, use it as an opportunity. Take it as a wake up call and make the decision to grow, change and be conscious of your own privilege. Remember, I am not a speaker for the entirety of a people. Use this blog as a reference tool, not as the one and only view on the topic.
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I am baffled by this thinking.
I feel like I have said this before but those that see Black women (or Black people for that matter) as less than do not, DO NOT separate the good one’s from the bad one’s.
This “I’m not like them” thinking only works if you are white. This is a white people SPECIFIC phenomena. Timothy McVeigh dropped a building in Oklahoma but because he was white, it was HE not the RACE or RELIGION that was blamed. This is not a luxury PoC have.
Joseph Stack deliberately flew a plane into an IRS building (Hello, PLANE into BUILDING on purpose) and he was called “Mentally disturbed.” His actions were called “Out of character” and the best part, his family, friends and co-workers were interviewed so that we could all “Try to understand” why he did it. You know what he WASN’T called? A Terrorist. You know what DIDN’T happen? All white males were not suddenly targeted. Everyone that had the same religion that he was born into were not suddenly seen as “Threats to our Country.”
You on the other hand WILL be held accountable for every negative thing that I do. You, a person who so desperately tries to separate from “Those kinds” of Black women. Those that refuse to see us a “Human beings” will not take the time to see you “Differently.”
Your shouts of “Not me” will fall on deaf ears. The people that you are trying to convince can’t hear you because their minds are already made up. Those that DO realize that we are human beings are going to see you as a self-loathing woman.
You are under the false impression that stepping on my back will make your rise easier. The reality is that you stepping on my back is going to make it easier for a racist to knock us both down.
Perhaps it will work with others that want to say “I’m not like THEM” but to most of us, you are anti-Black. To most of us, you are anti-supportive. To most of us, you are Anti-YOU. That’s a shame. It truly is. Until you are able to see that YOU are an equal part of US, you will likely never fully be able to enjoy the beauty that COULD be you.