and I could care less
whether it is in
layers upon layers
or only our skin–
all I really want is to wake up
where I end and you begin.
Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael)
You must understand this point very carefully. Violence has two points: reactionary violence and revolutionary violence. Everyone knows that the Africans in this country are oppressed through violence. When the police shoots down a brother; when the police shoots a 68-year-old woman; when the police shoots a 7-year-old boy anywhere in this country, it is for one reason alone: to intimidate the population to keep them in line. This is violence.
America is a racist, capitalist country. Everybody knows that. I cannot, as an African, in good conscious, advocate to my people, that anyone of them put down any gun in a racist, capitalist state.
*takes 3 shots of zamzam*
I’m ready for this final
This is how you handle getting your privileged called out.
Not “reverse racism!” Not “heterophobe!” and all those other dynamics that don’t exist. Just recognition. Recognition of privilege (and hopefully continuous self-checking)