This was soooooooo good! Thank you so much for not only describing our interactions with White people when we talk and write about race, but also how White people react to those interactions when they aren’t centered.
Everything has to be centered around them and donein a manner appeasing and comfortingttto them. Those tantrums and bad attitudes are terrible for communication purposes.
I also appreciate how you inquired about the man’s interactions with us. It was quite telling, very typical, and not surprising. White people need to understand their credit is bad when it comes to these types of interactions. Anger, tears, victim blaming, labeling… when White folks’ reputation precedes them, you just gotta deal with it. We have an entire 400 year history of race we’re working with here, and counting. Cut us some slack, and get serious about race.