Great article! It parallels a lot of comments made in the documentary “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry” which showed how 1st and 2nd wave feminism claimed to be fighting for equality for all women but ignored or were unaware that being a WOC was (generally) vastly different from being a white woman.
I feel there are a couple of comments that are TOO inflammatory in your ariticle — and I mention that because I oppose anything that further polarizes viewpoints unnecessarily. Of course, those that get polarized have their triggers that they are unaware of — but I still think we need to make some allowance for that, since you point out so well that this is an ongoing process and there will be no instant gratification.
I grew up in apartheid S.A. and belonged to a religion that ‘accepted’ all races. My parents considered themselves non-racists (we are white) however, they are still ‘subtle racists’ to this day, and completely unaware of it. Though they never hated anyone, color continues to be something they never fail to mention when they talk about meeting someone new.
In my personal opinion, we need to keep things simple. And I think the simple takeaway from your article is that white anti-racist organizations need to be accountable to POC. Of course. Why would anyone argue that? It’s just insane. I mean, how can you really understand something if you’re not the experiencer… you can try… you can achieve a small to large degree of empathy… but you will (I will) never truly, truly, understand.
Thank you for your voice.