Facebook’s Complicity in the Silencing of Black Women
Ijeoma Oluo

So, a woman went into a crowded restaurant, where, as the only person of color in the place she felt a bit awkward. She coped with that by using humor, and making a harmless joke about the cracker-ish-ness of Cracker Barrel. And the response to that was to make death threats??? Yeah, that’s totally sane.

Just reading all these threats and attacks, and realizing that these people are all around us, scared the living shit out of me, and I’m about as white as a mayonnaise sandwich on Wonder Bread.

Just for purposes of comparison: I used to eat lunch every day in a restaurant where I was always the lone Caucasian in the place- it was always really crowded, so customers would share tables, and sure, sometimes people joked around with me, eg. “Uh oh, there goes the neighborhood,” and I can remember saying something like, “Sorry, they kicked me out of the Cracker Barrel.” And so on. And no one called each other names, or threatened to kill anyone. That’s how normal people behave.