So, I’m going to get straight to the point, son. After the preposterous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, I want everyone reading this to ask themselves a serious question: how are minorities really supposed to trust White people? Look, I know a number of our White counterparts like to believe they’re allies, but look at all of this from our perspective. All I can say is, at the end of the day, rallies like this prove that it’s impossible for us to decipher who’s really on our side.
Now, before I continue, I’d like to tell everyone a true story about myself. So, during my high school years, I went to a boarding school called the Taft School. Moving on, there was a White guy I was down with for most of my four years there. Keeping it a buck, I really thought this dude was one of my closest friends. For obvious reasons, I’ll keep his name to myself.
In any case, the second semester of our senior year rolled around and we started to get our college letters. Now, him and I both applied to Tufts University. Needless to say, I got in and he didn’t. Anyway, I happened to be walking behind him one day and I heard him tell another White kid that I only got in because of affirmative action. Keep in mind, I had a higher GPA than him, got a better SAT score, was involved in more extracurricular activities and played the same amount of sports. To be real, I was crushed, man.
Look, I was never one to be naive about racism, son. However; at 17 years old, I just wanted to believe that “not everyone was like that.” But, being honest, what was I supposed to think after that? In my head, if a White person I was cool with looked at me that way, then how does the rest of their community view me? All I know is, that particular incident completely changed the way I interact with White people. It’s sad to say, but even in the friendships I have now, a small part of me is always waiting for the other shoe to drop.
With all of that being said, let’s bring it back to Charlottesville. Now, folks would like us to believe that all of the protesting bigots are just poor and uneducated White people. In reality, these are people who are a part of every industry. These are people who I work with on a daily basis. These are people who are in positions of power and influence. Ultimately, that’s my point, man. As minorities, we never really know who we’re interacting with. Shit, we think people are cool until they show their true colors. By and by, that’s all Charlottesville was/is: racists feeling free enough to actually exposes themselves.
In the end, I don’t know what else to say here. Frankly, I don’t think anyone can blame minorities for being distrustful of the White majority. Listen, every time we think we have an ally, they flip the script on us. Hell, I know this from personal experience, son. All in all, these are the times when racism feels like a never-ending problem in America. *Sigh* That’s all I’ve got for today, man. LC out.