Let me be frank. I am a white woman. I am one of the privileged, as far as race is concerned (my gender is a whole other story and one which is not pertinent to this situation). I do not know what it’s like to fear for my life every time I come into contact with law enforcement. I do not know what it’s like to have racial epithets hurled at me daily. I do not have to face violence as a result of my race. I do not deal with discrimination nor do I have to fight to have my words taken seriously based on race. I am not assumed to be in a gang or on drugs or abusing welfare simply because of the color of my skin. I have struggles in my life, as everyone does, but I do not know a fraction of what I could have had to experience had I been born a PoC. But I do know what it’s like to feel guilty. I have never in my life been so ashamed of my race.
Many White people say they just “cannot relate” to people of color, nor can they relate to what we go through as people of color… They lack any compassion, empathy, and sympathy for us.
White people have trouble relating to Black people… But can relate to a cat or a dog.
White people HATE WHEN PEOPLE HURT ANIMALS BUT DONT GIVE A SINGLE FUCK ABOUT A HURT HUMAN! like wtf do their parents teach them at home? Like seriously? Out of all the white people I’ve met, literally only TWO, Marinna and Frankie have NEVER asked me any racial shit. Every other white person has said a slick comment to me. LITERALLY EVERY OTHER ONE!
We have to talk about the hard shit. Because if we don’t talk about the hard shit, then people think it’s okay to shoot unarmed teenagers.Pete Wentz, 8/17/14 Concord Pavillion (via journieuniverse)