The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate
when racism is much larger than you imagine
Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys
set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense,
whether whites know it or not.
Racism is an insidious cultural disease that spreads like AIDS that destroys the immune system
only it's not our bodies dying, it's our ignorant souls
It is so hideous that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes a person of color
it’s still going to find a way to impact your life in how you deal with people who don’t look like you.
but once again, we forget that we are all brothers and sisters from different mothers that bleed red
Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on.
So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into.
It’s like being born into a breeze
when you absorb the peaceful winds that blows with grace
It’s not a cold that you can get over.
There is no anti-racist certification class, but we can educate one another about love and acceptance
It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world.
It is an urgency you have to keep your life afloat so you don't drown
it's not hard work actually
but it’s the price you pay for owning everything."