It really feels like folks think racism is just hurt feelings.
Personally, I’m at the point where micro-aggressions numbly piss me off. Nigger is mundane. It is what it is.
White people will be racist. And they can be racist for all I care, as long as it stays in their heads and with their white friends and etc. Like these discussions about whether white folks can say nigger or not. When everybody knows white people say nigger. And will say it as it pleases them. And then they act like this is the biggest racial dilemma in my life.
No, that’s THEIR biggest racial dilemma.
What I actually care about is how racism manifests itself in various systems… the educational system, prison-industrial complex, police brutality/ murder, drug war, economic class, and etc etc.
things that are beyond feelings… they impact my personal life.
But the way white people talk about racism it’s like they think I’m angry because I want more white people to treat me nicely. That’s why they say “not all of us are like that!”
But it’s really not about that at all. I don’t need to be treated nicely by white people. I want them to be forced to treat me FAIRLY. They can call me a nigger under the breath, but if white supremacy wasn’t an enforced and perpetuated system I could care less.
I just want to be hired fairly. I just want the black men in my life to be able to walk down a street without being murdered. I just want black kids to be able to attend competitive schools so they can make competitive money.
I just want to live in peace. Have equal opportunity to get mines. After 1.75 years of going to a very white college, I am past hurt feelings. I just want to know why only Ethnic Studies majors talk about POC. That’s what I want to know.
17 year old black boys are being murdered. That’s my issue. That kind of stuff.