Dear White Culture,
We are done explaining racism, discrimination and white privilege. We are done attempting to explain historic cruelty and systemic bias in systems that do not inherently benefit People of Color (POC). To further attempt to explain is like telling a drug addict that he or she has a problem before they are ready to get help.
So this is what it is. When we walk away, when we stop spending our collective billions of dollars being consumers of hair, cars, electronics, sneakers and handbags, when we decide to educate our own children, when we decide to use our collective power to file the country’s largest civil suit demanding an apology and reparations for the generations of inhumane treatment targeting our ancestors and us—from the Atlantic Slave Trade to the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment to the School to Prison Pipeline up to and including all the other deeds which have been devised out of fear of revolt en masse, dwindling (white) population numbers and “just desserts” for hundreds of years of going around God’s beautiful green earth and taking what does not rightfully belong to one, and calling it one’s own UNDER THE GUISE OF CHRISTIANITY, do not be surprised and please refrain from shedding (white) tears. The jig is up; they have no effect on POC. We have realized that those same (white) tears which shed for abused puppies remain skillfully in place when POC are unjustly mishandled and often killed by police officers.
We don’t hate you (those of us who call ourselves Christians don’t anyway) and that is a good thing for you and for us. But we have learned that this government was never established for us and although a great portion of the economy was built up on the dependency of free and cruelly forced labor of millions of our ancestors, your continual denial of this fact leaves us to leave matters in the hands of the God you have chosen to justify your deeds—then and now—under the guise of Making America Great Again.
As your government runs amok and wealthy people hide behind all that their billions will allow, we wish you well.
Some of you may be wondering how we can so casually watch the leadership of this country disintegrate without fear, trembling or concern. The answer lies in the statement above: this country and its government were never established for us. Henceforth, all that many of you experience now, we have experienced in varying degrees since the country’s inception as The United States of America. For many POC, particularly those whose US history began with the landing on this country’s soil as enslaved peoples, this is business as usual. So rather than be fearful, we welcome those of you who are discomforted by the haphazard Democrats and the spineless Republicans, we welcome you into the experience of what it can be like to be a POC in America.
A Card-Carrying Member of the POC