I move in political circles that are nearly completely white. And these (white) people are perfectly content keeping it that way. They don’t notice, much less care, that their scene is homogeneous. They live in a white bubble where they don’t have to think about anything else. Fine, whatever.
But recent events have brought race to the forefront and everyone’s talking about problems facing racialized communities and now these people I know in real life are talking about race… [snip]
This is exactly what is going on in my life right now and for the past 3 weeks. I don’t even want to go into it until it’s settled. But more or less I’m finding out that I am a mean bitch because I’m not patient with white people starting to understand racial violence for the first time but wanting it to revolve around them. And I’m okay with that.
I’m also finding out that straight white dudes are more worthy of protection, care, and safety than queer black women sexual assault survivors, even though in general I thought women were supposed to be weak and protected. But not me. I can get left behind in situations that are too dangerous for white dudes to be in.
ETA: I should note that my friends are all being super rad about this, it’s a problem with specifically one person that is reinforced by society in general, but my friends are challenging that.
Here’s to being a mean bitch.