(Wrote this a while ago but it seems ever relevant. I dedicate it to the young white lady (whom i have now blocked) who took it upon herself to explain to me that privilege and inequality didn’t exist in first world countries. That those who feel marginalised are basically not working hard enough...) I write lots on the subject of racial tensions in the UK but sometimes I wish i felt more comfortable with public speaking because as a woman of colour, my voice NEEDS to be heard, i have too many stories to tell that may potentially shed light upon what it means in be non white in what is to all intents and purposes a white centric world. What it means to have been treated, in soooo many countless ways as lesser in value and importance than my fellow white friends. Sorry if that’s uncomfortable to read but suck it up, cos it’s no where near as uncomfortable as it is for those having to push against this.
It's important because, as i read in an article a while back, I don't want white people, or even men talking on my behalf about the theoretical issues that underpin my struggles. I don't want to keep getting pissed off when i hear white folk suppose that they fully get what racism is and how it presents or even feels. You don't. Even if you are white European, you dont get what it means to have the historic oppression and violence that hangs sweetly above my/our heads and tinges responses and reactions every time the my skin colour is clocked, which is generally way before ANY other aspect of my being is taken in and interpreted.
I have had a handful of proper in my face forms of racial harassment and abuse in my life. (Continued in comments) #writersofinstagram #blackcreatives #blackwriters #womenwhowrite #privilege #blacklivesmatter #writingcommunity #dearwhitepeople #whitefragility #racism #memoirsofamoderndaygriot