In the past 2-3 years I have seen a true shift into how we defend each other and resist other cultures. A few weeks ago, we saw neo-nazis terrorizing the city of Charlottesville, Virginia where people were being threatened, attacked and demeaned beyond measure. The only causality, a young Caucasian woman who was struck by a car for being an anti-protester. When Heather Heyer was named as the victim that died I can only imagine that there were 3 reactions in the white community:
I remember during the election there were people who saw the side looks I constantly gave white people when that idiot won. And as much as I respect the individuals that stood out and reached out to comfort me, my issue is that these same people talking and comforting me are not having discussions with friends and family who were marching with the these “Alt-Right” racist terrorist. I know these conversations are uncomfortable, but I have learned that regardless of age or race that talking these issues out are required so that people understand how they are hurting others. This conversation is never easy but often necessary. It is not solely in the white community though.
I do not see myself as racist, but I definitely only hang out black people. I have a handful of friends that are not black, but they are more acquaintances and we only hang out based off of what we want to do. Now, I am not saying this is the best situation and I should be more open, I just have been triggered by non-black people for different reasons and I just do not feel comfortable being vulnerable with them. Which may be something I need to work on.
Maybe that is the difference. We need to sit down and actually talk things out to a point of understanding, but I have seen this first hand...People are stubborn as fuck. I prime example I remember is my mother refusing to recognize that my cousin is a lesbian and is married to a woman. It's crazy! I just hope, wish and pray that the next generations correct these issues.
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