The 𝐎𝐍𝐄 thing black people want you to know.
We are 𝐍𝐎𝐓 one dimensional.
We come in multidimensional forms. Our lived experiences are not cookie cutter. So stop telling us that the five black millionaires you see on TV could be every black person’s experience and that racism does not exist, “because look at them”.
You can’t put black people in a box. When you do, based on your own racial bias, you pick and choose which story line you want to believe to make you comfortable. When you are comfortable, you see no reason to examine your own role in upholding systemic racism.
As many of us have been bombarded with apologies, concerns and people expressing how can someone have so much hate in their heart. Many people have also been asking to understand what I think about all of this (which is not new by the way). While I appreciate the concern, I don’t speak for all black people. I speak with the black voice, that is made up of multidimensional people with different experiences.
You can look at your token black friend, or the friend you think isn’t “black enough” or sounds “white” and assume that they made it out… they made something of themselves because they followed the law, were privileged in their own right, and worked hard. The American dream right? Yet if you have been reading and listening to stories shared online, you will know that systemic racism doesn’t care how much money you make, what you wear, or how you speak as long as your skin color is viewed as a threat.
Believing the American dream is equal for everyone ignores the role that systemic racism plays in the life of a black person.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being a black woman, and loving myself the way I do today has not always been the case. I grew up in a world that told me I was too dark, too ugly, and not worthy of protection, love and success. So as black people continue loving themselves in a world that does not, understand that we have our days where we don’t have the time to educate you on a system we did not create.
If you want to be an ally, I encourage you to keep educating yourself beyond the handful of black people you choose to interact with.
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