It’s like they can f*** us unapologetically but can’t stand up and speak out for us unapologetically. I’m sick of seeing my white friends with mixed babies ignoring the racist realities of this country that are plaguing the black community.
Don’t use your voice to tell Black folk how beautiful they are if you can’t also use that voice to champion our cause of Black lives mattering.
Otherwise, non-Black people dating and mating with Black people are showing us that they can only commit to loving parts of us, but not all of us.
And in the words of Mama Toni Morrison, “Thin love ain’t love at all.” I absolutely stand with Mason’s demand that whites (and I’d add other people of color) stop loving us thinly.
Black people are standing up and demanding to be seen, and to matter, in ways I have read about in history books, but have never experienced in my lifetime.
Whether we are talking about #themovementforblacklives or #sayhername, as a community we are requiring that our full humanity not only be recognized, but that safe spaces be created for the expression of that full humanity—whether good, bad, or ugly.