If there’s one thing that I’d like everyone to remember that I’ve said, it is this: That I have done and said nothing that People of Color have not been saying for 400 years.
“I can never just blend into the sea of white faces.”
I remember seconds between a moment of silence and the moment one of the officers began talking to me–in that space, I thought of three scenarios: I was going home; I was going to jail; I was going to be shot & killed.
I am worried about the consciousness of Whiteness.
So it was a bit of a culture shock when I met people who referred to me as a “little colored girl” and told me interracial marriage, which I am proudly the product of, is a sin.
“One’s man terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”
A civilized society does not allow uncivilized speech. A democratic society does not allow un-democratic speech. A free society does not allow speech that opposes freedom.
Colorblindness doesn’t ask why there aren’t black kids living in the neighborhood. Colorblindness hands black girls blonde-haired Barbies.
Wardani finally told his parents about the incidents after Valdes referred to him as a “raghead Taliban” one day when he walked into her French class wearing a hoodie. Wardani didn’t even know what the “Taliban” was until Valdes issued the slur.
1. “You’re really pretty for a black girl.”