Real Talk

First published July 27, 2020

I’m trying to be civil, but it is becoming increasingly difficult.

I’m trying to accept that some people simply don’t know what they don’t know, but sometimes I think they don’t want to know?

Colette Parker, OPA

I’m sorry – not sorry – that if one more (white) person tells me that navigating this issue of systemic racism is exhausting and uncomfortable, I may “lose my religion” (you can ask one of your southern friends to translate if you don’t know what this means).

Please be assured that your discomfort does not mean that you are in danger. And it can’t begin to compare to the “discomfort” (which could be related to actual danger) that Black and brown folks experience each and every day. And don’t even get me started about the exhaustion.

Anyway, while I pause to restore a little decorum, I have given some inquirers a few things to ponder/research:

The Civil Rights Movement never ended.

Racism is systemic (but that doesn’t exempt individuals from being racist).

America was founded on genocide, slavery, and oppression.

We are still dealing with the lasting effects of slavery and America’s (fictional) view on race.

Forty-one slave owners signed the document declaring “all men are created equal.”

Abraham Lincoln declared that “there is a physical difference between the white and black races” which “will forever forbid the two races from living together on terms of social and political equality.”

White supremacy is not confined to cross-burnings, lynchings, and using the n-word.

Black folks and white folks have been taught the same revisionist history.

Black and brown lives have been minimized in a number of ways, including redlining, the war on drugs, gerrymandering, the gutting of the Voting Rights Act, accessing quality healthcare, and securing equitable educational opportunities.

Black and brown people are still fighting for their full humanity.

And if that isn’t enough, help me answer this question: Why do white folks want to jump over the hard personal work of mitigating the impact of white supremacy to get to (half-baked) “solutions”?

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