something ive learned over the last few years and by listening to more black people is that most of the shittiness they experience isn't from loudly shitty racist caricatures shouting slurs at them, it's from white people who refuse to give them support, who enable racism, and who refuse to listen

@shoofle this sounds incredibly familiar

like, something MLK said…

"I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; […]"

@meena yeah i feel like years ago i thought "yeah, we should listen to that, but he was probably exaggerating a little bit, or speaking metaphorically, or trying to spark people into action" and as time goes on i'm just like. no. his statements were entirely straightforward and correct and white people just do not understand what makes life difficult or makes the struggle for being treated with humanity

@shoofle here's my take as an outsider:

every time i can directly emphasise with the story a black person, i pause for a second to realise how fucked up that is, because most often it's just because i experienced the terror of war as child, before being taken to a country where i knew nobody, and didn't speak the language.

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