When a white person says racism doesn’t exist or a man denies sexism,
I expend very little emotional energy thinking about it; people who benefit from a system that oppresses others have to make a conscious effort to see flaws and inequities in that system,
and many of them have no interest in that intellectual undertaking.
When a person of color or a woman or anyone LGBTQ denies the existence or effects of that system,
my brain works overtime trying to understand what benefit they obtain from supporting a system that devalues them.
Do they not know? Are they in denial? Should we get them a pamphlet or something?
What security do they find in aligning themselves with people who view them as something less than equal, and depend on their complacency to maintain the status quo?
How can a woman deny the existence of marital rape? How can a black person say “All lives matter,” and “comply and don’t get shot?
” How can gay and lesbian people argue against the validity of other hetero-divergent orientations, or non cis genders, and seek to deny them inclusion?
Why is anyone content to let their worth and validity be defined by those who who hold power and benefit from invalidating the claims of those without equal power?
There is no one right way to be a minority, but it seems that there are some obvious wrong ways.
If your stance seeks to maintain a status quo that upholds the established distribution of power, access, and benefits, I think you’re doing it wrong.
This post is not for non woke gatekeepers or disgruntled Caucasians or oppressed men. If you disagree with me, write your own post, on your own blog, to share with your like minded friends.
That’s what your blog is for. You will not change my mind nor will I yours, so interaction will benefit no one.