So, I allowed myself to get *really* angry the other day.
A friend said something along the lines of "Nuite Blanch was great! I had a great time. Except for all the drunk people." in a status update on Facebook. Peoples general responses where along the lines of "yea, it was crazy down town" and "I even saw 14 year olds drinking!".
But one woman said (to paraphrase) "I was down with my pre-teens and would have never allowed them to be on their own! I was really uncomfortable down town with them because of all the drunk people. (...) I don't want to sound racist but...I did feel a little safer because everyone was white."
I sat there *literally* sputtering for words.
There was a little bit of back and forth, Her saying something along the lines of "well you obviously don't have preteens because you would know that they have limits"
Someone else said "oh fuck right off". She said "nice language sir". More back and forth about how her language wasn't any better.
There is some reference to hip hop,
and then she says:
"well, drunk white kids don't carry guns"
I was in a rage.
My heart was pounding and I was shaking. I said some choice words as well. (I repeated "oh fuck right off", in caps, and asked her when she studied white kids with guns vs. non white kids with guns)
I know that my reaction wasn't going to teach her anything. It was pure fight or flight. I *still* haven't learned not to type when I'm upset.
I was just so in shock that people still think that way. That racism was still alive and will. Full on racism. Not just stereotypes. But actual FEAR of someone who is not the same colour as you.
I obviously live in a nice little bubble.
Maybe I can become a hermit.