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CONVERSATIONS WITH BECKY

You'd be surprised how often I get called racist by a group of White men and/or women who just sang every "n*gga" in a Kendrick Lamar song they thought they could get away with.


Tensions are running high in the White community as people of colour are starting to call them out on their bullsh*t, (including me), so they revert to the "reverse racism" card and hope it works just as well as the "WHITES ONLY" bathroom signs did in the 1950's, (which they didn't).


Here's the thing folks, if you're an outspoken POC, being called racist is probably something you hear on a daily basis. All of a sudden educating yourself on Black history, (which didn't begin or end with slavery, kids), and calling out ignorance when you see it is deemed "racist", and it's usually by the sensitive White folks in your community who feel "attacked", even though there are young men and women being shot dead in the streets for the colour their skin, and they're not one of them.

 

The amount of times I've gotten into a heated argument on why it isn't okay to say the n-word just because the rapper on the television said it, or why I won't accept Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States because he's every negative "ist" in the English language. I'm constantly under scrutiny for the things I say around White folks because they aren't used to being the race held accountable for anything.

 

I always hear the same argument over and over again: "But not all White people!"
Yes, Becky, not all White people, but clearly too many White people, otherwise we wouldn't be having this discussion.

 

So to my White brothers and sisters: when you find yourself amidst a debate on what's wrong with wearing black-face on Halloween, before you throw a temper tantrum and insist that your Snoop Dogg costume just wouldn't be the same without an Afro wig and NW40 MAC foundation, listenListen to what the other person has to say because maybe you'll learn something.

 

All we're looking for is progression within a race, I mean, you take so much away from the Black community, you'd think the history of our people would be one of them, but...

 

Anyway, the next time you want to call a POC racist, ask yourself:
Did I season my food today?

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