My sister and I are biracial and growing up, we looked nothing alike. My sister was recognized as black while I was the token “ivory mulatto” in my family. One time my sister and I went to this boutique shop near our house to buy our mom a birthday gift. I’d been in the store a couple of times before and usually the women working there let you go off about your business. However, my sister was browsing the jewelry section when the cashier got up and started following her. She kept asking if my sister needed help with anything and pacing behind her. Eventually the cashier told her if she didn’t like what they had in store she should came back another time. The lady never bothered to ask any of the white women in the store or myself. This usually happens where my sister is profiled while I’m not even given a second glance. When we were younger she used to cry and tell me I was lucky to be so white because that people liked me better. When I was born, people used to commend our mom because I looked like a white baby and not brown. We come from the same parents and have the same blood but my sister has to deal with more bullshit than me.
The danger is the same one that William Lloyd Garrison pointed to in advocating for (human) slaves almost 200 years ago. Transforming an urgent social justice movement into a tawdry consumer movement (“Please buy fewer slaves! You’ll be such a good person if you do!”) re-establishes the “anchoring point” for the movement from “We have to stop all violence” to “let’s reduce violence a tiny bit — but realistically, maybe not at all — because we can’t really expect anything more.” ……..
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vegan is not an identity - veganism is a practice. it is allyship. it is animals of privilege working in solidarity with marginalized animals with a genuine interest in challenging larger structures of oppression.
— Angela Davis
Who believe that sporadic, interpersonal acts of hostility from people of color is equivalent or relevant to the struggle of people of color from oppression.
Even if a person of color is hateful against white people, it has nothing to do with the thought of whites being inferior to people of color, but rather backlash from the harm whiteness has caused non whites, and non white cultures.
We are enraged that our land has been stolen and occupied
We are furious that our people are treated as second citizens, IF citizens at all
We are infuriated that we are forced to assimilate, apologize, and dismiss racism in our lives for the sake of solidarity, to get jobs, to be successful, to be heard.
So excuse us if we are belligerent, if we are militant in our speech and actions. We can’t afford to be otherwise.
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