on the bones of the native americans
on the bones of the slaves
on the bones of the puerto ricans
on the bones of the mexicans
HE WAS P R E A C H I N G
Damn, she can’t handle it.
She wasn’t ready and I’m sure she’s still in denial.
He hasn’t made a difference to her…everything he said was true but it would be better served if he broke down everything so she could understand…shouting at her allows her to block the truth. To her he is just horrible for saying it because she can’t handle the angry black voice telling her things she has never even thought of before. Its a pity he shouted because we need to have a conversation about the abundance of privilege.
It’s not a pity at all because a closer examination of history shows we tried many times to have the “conversation” and they just decided we were making things up, complaining, making excuses and etc. Also one of the symptoms of internalized racism is that the stereotyping handcuffs us from expressing normal emotions because we want to avoid said stereotype. So the stereotype us as angry and in a desperate attempt to avoid that label we try not to express anger even when we are well within our rights to do so given either the topic, the injustice or the situation. Such action actually serve to handcuff us and give them more power to continue to oppress us because there is no threat in a passionate response since one can be ignored by just saying “he’s just an angry black man.” In addition to that it eats away at us little by little every time we comprise ourselves. Lastly she got a serious dose of truth. Truth isn’t always kind, gentle and soft. Sometimes truth hits you like a ton of bricks. That’s life. You can’t go through life demanding that truth always come with pretty pleases and a cherry on top. Sometimes truth is painful and tears will be shed. However like Khalil Gibran said “pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”
In the end I am certain she will remain unchanged because the social setup of our society supports her ignorance. White ignorance is perpetuated on every level and at every corner so I am sure she found some bliss somewhere.
We believe the same truths and I only disagree on delivery. I think I am not compromised because my lecture on white privilege is as calm and repetitive. I think that rings in their ears. They can’t argue most times and they remember.