I think we can disagree with the behavior of the young me regardless of the editorial rush to judgement. The young mens’ behavior was not how men with good Christian values should behave. They mocked the Native American. The Native American man wasn’t mocking them. They were loud and threatening. If they were a group of Black men or Arab young men doing this it would have been considered domestic terrorism or they would have been labeled — “thugs,” the new, nice tidy name for Black men White people are threatened by.

Clearly people have different tolerance levels of behavior based on the color of skin in America. So to go back and forth about the young men from Kentucky is useless to me. Most White men don’t see eye to eye with how they should act as juveniles. And they don’t have the same forgiveness when it comes to other juveniles of color here in the states.

I don’t understand why people dress as others in derogatory way. Changing the color of skin that’s not associated with a religious ritual (i.e. voodoo) or mimes just makes not sense to me. Use a real person if it’s a part of story telling. There are a lot of ways to tell a story without getting into changing skin colors and mocking a group’s physical appearance.

I write intelligent, unvarnished thoughts on anti-Blackness, racism, politics, Black people, and White Supremacy. www.marleyisms.com | www.ko-fi.com/marleyk

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