POC who live here in America:
I realize you’re hurt by the ignorant words of “white people” who don’t know what they’re talking about, and I’m sorry.
But I have a question for you. In this “land of the free”…aren’t you free? What are their words doing to you, unless you LET them affect you? I thought this was a free country, where people were allowed to speak their minds, and other people were allowed not to listen.
But maybe I was wrong. Maybe the words of people are so strong that it’s impossible to stand up against them. Which is sad, and basically means our country is full of weak people.
No matter what race or gender I am, I would never let people’s words affect me. Don’t you realize they’re just words? Words are not physical, they will not capture and torture you. They won’t keep you from getting a job (and if your race is keeping you from getting a job, that’s the owners problem, not every white person), and they won’t kill you.
Unless you let them.
So take pride in who you are and stop listening to stupid people. It’s that easy. Once you let go of worrying about what other people think, your life will be a hell of a lot easier. And a lot less stressful.
Empower yourself. Empower your own life.
Only a white person would be able to say this with a straight face. Jesus god.
Only someone who has never been verbally abused on a regular basis could possibly say this. Seriously, indica-tor, It is hard to have pride in who you are when people are trying to tear down every shred or humanity you have, that you don’t deserve to have pride in who you are. I can’t even imagine what it must be like to deal with institutionalized racism on top of that. Words are strong, they convey ideas, and they do kill, literally and figuratively. I can find you a GIANT list of people that have been killed due to racism.
This post belies your ignorance.
I almost want to say it is kind of ableist. I am white, and therefore have not suffered from racism but you saying people should “not let someone’s words offend me” is something I don’t even have words for. I have been verbally/emotionally abused and bullied, I can’t comprehend that you have the gall to tell people you don’t even know to ‘just get over it’ acting like you are some kind of savior or leader. Please, I would not have had to/still have to pay for thousands of dollars of therapy and medication in order to reasonably function in life if that was possible. Not to mention that often, going to a therapist wouldn’t even help POC because therapists are not educated on different cultures and/or how to help people who have suffered from racism.
either you have some deep deep problems and are lying to yourself, or you have never been exposed in any way to any of these things and are therefore not qualified to talk about it.
Since you included gender, it implies to me that you are either male or very sheltered. Because as a girl, even if it is not true, you are lead to believe that your worth is in your looks. That you need to be smart and pretty, smart isn’t good enough. When I go for an interview, I have to put just the right amount of makeup on in order to seem trustworthy (there was a study on it, for real, go look it up). This is coming from a girl who was parented by a ‘radical feminist’ I was very shelter from harmful social media as a kid in elementary school and I know I am much better off than some people because of that but I have still been affected even though I have been exposed to considerable less of it.
Maybe you believe that you have suffered through something and that you have gotten through it and would like to impart your wisdom.
How dare you call me weak for being affected by words. HOW DARE YOU. You don’t know me, you don’t know my life and what I or other people have been through.
Why would you even post something like this?
If you actually read this, and have questions, I am happy to find the giant post of Death due to murders. I can even tell you about my life and experience with emotional/verbal abuse but it might be hard to understand if you have not experienced it because they seem like little things that just add up, even if you did have the empathy or capacity to understand it at all.