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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The most infuriating thing about these phrases and phrases like them are not simply that they completely erase our differences as well as our differing struggles, it’s that they have turned into justifications. I can’t be a racist because we are the human race, duh!
If there was ever a time when these phrases were meant to unify and bring us together, those times are now lost. Today, we see them used as proof that there is no racism. That you are just a little to sensitive. That racism is a thing of the past. That any racist thing that was just said, wasn’t racist because our blood is the same color.
That’s what it comes down to. If you are offended by the racist thing that came out of my mouth, it’s your fault because we are the same and I am not offended. If I am not offended and we are in fact, “The same,” then there is absolutely no reason for you to be upset. More importantly, there is no reason for me to be seen as wrong.
When in doubt, blame the victim for their pain.
Remember, if you break your arm, I don’t want to hear a single peep out of you. I want to see no emotion and you shouldn’t feel any pain what so ever. As a matter of fact, if you even imply that you are in pain, I will get angry and tell you that the pain you feel is your own fault. You are just looking for reasons to feel pain. After all, my arm feels fine. We’re all the same.