If you are a white or non-Black person who has been empathizing and even agonizing over racists’ anti-Black behavior, know that we—African Americans—really appreciate you. We appreciate your care; we appreciate your concern.
Please understand: What you have witnessed on phone recordings is only the tip of the iceberg. We have lived with these realities for years, and we will continue to live with them for a long time.
The weight of oppression is palpable and physical, each brick representing every individual and witnessed encounter with racism, the stories of what our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents endured, each talk we have had to have with our daughters and sons. These bricks are countless, and add on regularly to our backs.
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