When the truth hurts some people, but not others — and the dividing line is literally based on an evolutionary trait (varied melanin production) that helped one’s ancestors survive in a specific climate — we ALL have a Problem.

“What white people have to do is try to find out in their own hearts why it was necessary to have a nigger in the first place, because I’m not a nigger. I’m a man. But if you think I’m a nigger, it means you need it.” — James Baldwin

This article hurt me to the heart because it’s true. This writer is someone I will likely never meet, and maybe only have the ONE THING in common with, and the experiences it fosters and the history behind it, which ties us inextricably together, forever. But he’s sharing a pain and horror and despair I know all too well.