Hey, Bae. Why you so butthurt, huh? You need a snickers or something?
Dear white people, let’s clear the air: You’re racist.
“No I’m not!”
“How dare she!”
“That was uncalled for.”
“Why do they always have to play the race card?”
“God, everything is black and white with them.”
Are you finished? Good. Now we can talk. I’m sure every porcelain bone in your body is fighting what I said; Is working double time to convince you that you don’t have a single racist, prejudiced or discriminatory bone in your body. Unfortunately, they lyin’. The entire society of today was built on the backbone of slavery and continues to perpetuate a mentality of white privilege and superiority. For fuck’s sake, it was written into the motherfucking U.S. Constitution:
“Article I, Section. 2
Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.”
“Article I, Section. 9, clause 1.
The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person.”
“Article IV, Section. 2.
No Person held to Service or Labour in one State, under the Laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in Consequence of any Law or Regulation therein, be discharged from such Service or Labour, but shall be delivered up on Claim of the Party to whom such Service or Labour may be due.”
…No Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article.”
I know, I know.
You probably think PoC (people of color) walk around all day, looking for someone to call a racist. Reverse racism! We’re starting shit! Blah blah blah. The truth is, unless you’re one of those white people who has ZERO friends of color, you’ve offended a friend with some racist shit. And probably more than once. Your PoC friend was just too polite – or valued your relationship too much – to say anything. But the thing is, we make excuses for you ALL. THE. TIME.
“Well, they didn’t mean it.”
“It’s not their fault. They don’t know.”
“How could they understand when they’ve never lived it?”
But guess what? We’re in the motherfuckin’ 21st century, so get a fucking clue. As a member of the dominant population (and I use that term technically, not personally), you are the ONLY group of people that can walk away from racism and pretend it doesn’t exist. The rest of us live it EVERYDAY. It may not be overt, and we may not address it for the sake of sanity, and avoiding involuntary manslaughter. But when we do take the time to educate you, from a place of ‘that was racist’ as opposed to ‘you’re racist’…LISTEN.
There’s no such thing as ‘casual racism’. It is hurtful, demeaning and has lasting consequences for every PoC, no matter their social, economic or other status. If you really want to be #notracist, don’t invalidate PoC experiences by denying their validity. Have a conversation, learn something new, and spread the message next time a friend of yours fucks up. Because they will. But don’t look to us – survivors of decades of rape, murder and invalidation – for sympathy. You’re not the victim here. Let it go, Bae.