I don’t think that expressing myself should be considered opportunistic. When I wrote this, I had 11 followers. It wasn’t intended for the attention it has gotten, and if anything has happened that I consider positive, it’s that a lot of people have shared stories they’ve been holding in their whole lives and that possibly some conversations have been started.
As for feeling dirty, or, as has been mentioned before, guilty, I feel similarly when I read articles where people of color talk about their experiences with racism. I’ve learned to think about what, exactly is making me uncomfortable, and to allow space for people to tell their stories. Which is what places like medium are supposed to be about, right?