It is convenient to avoid hurting feelings.
There are simply some experiences that you and I will not “share” because of our differences.
At this point, most people have heard about the #blacklivesmatter movement, and thank God for that. Finally, it feels like a somewhat productive conversation is happening about racism in this country, and though there are still many hurdles to overcome, effective discourse is the absolute best place to start.
The preferred response to Black pain, is silence, meekness, and of course, forgiveness.
The silence, the denial, the deflection, the derailment, the protection of institutions that harm, creates Black pain, and ultimately leads to many an injustice of Black death.
That’s the thing about being White in America – you probably don’t think about it very often.
“People of color, blacks, Asians always have to be dissected and explored. We always hear ‘being black in America’ or ‘being Asian in America.’ But white Americans, what about them?”
Why is it that Black people constitute more than half of the prison population, in a country where they account for less than fifteen percent of the entire population?
Malcolm X once said, “If you are black, you were born in jail, in the North as well as the South. Stop talking about the South. As long as you are South of the Canadian border, you are South.”
Black people have a right to be angry! Stop policing our justifiable emotions!