…Your fate would be even more horrible if you lived somewhere else! Be lucky I’m not worse to you!”? How do you reason with those who lack both empathy and a conscience — for whom reason becomes a perplexing object they don’t have the wherewithal to discern?
…ential condition to draw what are ultimately flawed conclusions about peace between opposing views? Would he really tell his mother that she needed to see it from the white point of view and realize that her desire to be free is equal to their desire to have her caged? That she should strive for some middle where if she’s accommodating enough to their desires and perspectives, the white folks might open the door to the cage every now and again even if she‘s still not permitted to leave it? As much as some of us black men hate black women, that he could ask that of his mother isn’t entirely outside the realm of possibility, unfortunately.