No apologies necessary. I believe that Ms. Ukoha has a right to feel as she does but I also strongly feel that has a responsibility to effectively channel her anger rather than just being provocative. I sincerely don’t recall her piece about the darkness of her skin. Did she also confirm that she has been maligned by other black people because of her darkness? My point is, there is a lot of strife between black people that would be called racism if the same words or actions were employed by whites.
Racism has been at the table for a very long time, especially in these great embracing United States. Although Ms. Ukoha has elucidated about certain issues in the black community, I can assure that she has not scratched the surface of institutionalized racism, and in my opinion, more importantly, that she does not address the problems and feeling of all black people. We are a people, no doubt, but our experiences are as varied as any other race.
But I digress — in my heart of hearts, I believe that Ms. Ukoha could also address the heartbreaking pleas of a four year old girl that witnessed the murder of her step-father Philando Castile. If there is any hope of changing white folks opinions about black people, that hope lies in the plaintive cry of a terrified and brokenhearted baby.
The strains of racism lie deeply within individuals and one of the tools of dehumanizing black people is to not accept them a fully functional human beings and our children are judged as adults, especially when punishment is meted out and this process begins in elementary school.
So, I do not endorse anger as a means to change how racism functions in America. Most white Americans believe that all blacks are violent and angry and Ms. Ukoha’s writing plays into that very incorrect perception about people of color.