Come back as often as you need to. It’s a thought-provoking piece meant to lead to a deeper understanding of the microaggressions. It’s a very layered topic and it should lead to a deeper, much longer conversation about how soft systemic racism happens. I don’t think you were disingenuous at all. Actually, I’m glad you continue to think about this topic because it’s really something People of Color have been experiencing a lot of over the past few years. There is an uptick in the rudeness, the disrespect, the taking up space, and an unwillingness to listen. These are all old tactics White Supremacists have used with on us since slavery.
We’re taught all history, and you’re taught Whitewashed history. We’re taught how to navigate White microaggressions, and your family/environments teach White people how to engage in microaggressions naturally so that you believe you aren’t doing anything wrong. It’s one of the biggest lies Whites are told and Whites believe.
It’s not your fault you don’t understand. But at some point, America must begin to re-educate White people so they can see how they uphold White Supremacy with soft racism. We need some relief. We’ve lived in the shadows of these microaggressions for centuries. I would love to be respected and feel all things were equal, but I don’t. I’m going to do a part two to this. I think it helps to see what other racism looks like. It’s not always name-calling and physical harm. Thanks for coming back. I know it’s not easy, but it is a start and I appreciate it.