Stupid Shit White People Love to Say

White People Love To Say Stupid Shit, Because They Don’t Know What Words Mean

Freedom

White, cis people, love to talk about “freedom,” but what they really mean is “freedom for white people.” They don’t really mean they want freedom because if they did, Roe vs Wade wouldn’t be at risk today.

If they really wanted freedom, then LGBTQ2S+ people would be able to fall in love, get married, and raise their children in peace.

If they really believed in freedom, then Black folk wouldn’t be on the chopping block at every possible opportunity.

If they really believed in freedom, then they would pay their taxes, participate in the community without expecting anything in return, and they would actually enjoy welcoming their neighbors from around the world, into their country.

Women’s Rights

White cis people love to scream about women’s rights, but as The Women’s March organization showed us, they don’t care about women of color, or women that are trans, or women that are LGBTQ2S+, because none of “those” women were welcome or represented at the many marches that have taken over since the rise of the #MeToo movement.

If they really cared about women’s rights then Roe vs Wade wouldn’t be at risk right now, Black women — Black trans women specifically — wouldn’t be some of the most murdered people on the planet, and Indigenous women would be given the freedoms that should have been granted to them at birth, like keeping their children without white people taking those children away. Yeah, this still happens. Yes, in Canada too.

Children’s Rights

Children around the world are simultaneously some of the poorest and most disadvantaged people on the planet. They are hungry, abused, and murdered, every moment of every single day. While all of that is happening, charities often led by white cis people, are spewing out commercial after commercial, all of which amounts to hundreds of hours at a time, begging for money to feed the continuously never-ending stream of kids who are going hungry in Africa.

White cis people are not raised to care about other people. This is especially true when they are Christian, and I know this because I was raised Catholic. For years the word “performative” has been floating around, and it took me a very long time to digest the full weight of what that word means.

Mental Health

Hundreds of my friends on social media are suffering from mental health issues, and a woman in Canada is fighting for her right to commit suicide because she’s severely disabled and she can’t find a place to live. Are you serious? Where is the outrage? Where is the anger? Where are the supports for women like her?

I went to a Fine Arts school for two years when I was growing up, and although it was Catholic, the primary function of the school was to prepare us for a life of wealth and fame, a life filled with us all growing up to be actresses, actors, writers, and directors.

I became a writer obviously, and when I think about what I want to say to the world, I focus on what it is that I want the world to say. I am performing a valuable function by teaching the world what I see, and by putting into words the world that is in front of me. However, I am absolutely not an actress.

I am a writer, and as a writer, it’s also my job to call out bullshit when I see it.

I am tired of seeing white people post shit like “rt if you agree,” when they are using the struggles of Black folk to build their platform.

I am tired of people yapping away on Twitter, but not actually going into the community to do the work. I spent eighteen years working on the front lines of the opioid epidemic, I saw hundreds of thousands of people in those years, and all of them had one thing in common. They fell through the cracks, and no one cared.

I saw my first overdose when I was nineteen, just a few days after my birthday. I saw a cop smile at me as if nothing was wrong while a man lay dying at his feet, I will never, ever forget that day. He had brown hair, blue jeans, and a white shirt. I went home and called my mom in the hospital, and I cried.

It wasn’t the last time we lost someone to an overdose, but it was the last time I had to see a dead body in person. We lost 13 one Christmas, thirteen people that we knew, that I grew up with, who had very few people to care about them, died because of being drunk or high.

This world is not the world that Jesus left behind. It’s not the world that Mother Theresa left behind, or Gandhi, or any of the others. This world is far more cruel, far harsher, and filled with far more evil.

It’s a world filled with everyone fighting for the same piece of a very small pie, and very few offering crumbs to those outside the inner circle.

When we’re talking about caring about others, what exactly does that mean? What does that mean to your heart and your spirit? Are you saving up clothing to give away to someone in need? Are you sitting down and having a meal with someone at church? Are you stopping to talk to a street artist?

Being kind seems so much harder today than it used to because there is so much work to do, to unravel a world that says that LGBTQ2S+ women, children, and disabled folk, don’t deserve to exist with autonomy over our bodies. And I know you’re tired, and I know it’s difficult, but if we give up then who is there to fight?

Sending all my love,

Devon J Hall

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I want Brown girls around the world to know that their voice matters. I want them to know that they can effect change, that they can build communities, and soar to hieghts they never imgined with the power of their own voice. I want them to stand up and be LOUD, unapolegetically.

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Devon J Hall

Devon J Hall

I Am The Loud Mouth Brown Girl, from Surrey BC. Author, Author & Artist, Dancer, Singer, Cannabis Educator, and Advocate. I am All this and more.

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