As I watch people upset about the election results I keep asking myself why are they upset?
The main two candidates were overt racists…one was just called out for it less.
We’ve had W & Cheney before…those dudes were evil and we survived that.
People of color have been surviving shit (colonialism, overt oppression, systemic oppression, institutionalized oppression) for hundreds of years.
However, I am upset with white people who are blaming those who decided not to vote for a racist candidate, and searched elsewhere for representation.
I am upset that I am too emotionally scared to go to class today and have white people especially women tell me I should be more sad about Hillary…a woman who hates my people.
I am upset with white people who are asking why Trump won. We, people of color, have been telling you we live in a racist country…and you only get shocked when it gets overt?
I am going to need white people to do more. To be more active, to know more, to reach other white people. That is how white people can be an ally. They can STFU about why did one racist over another get elected and instead work at understanding the historical contexts and the realities of racism. Racism isn’t and usually won’t be this overt and easy to grasp. So, white people, you’ve got lots of work to do.
To my fam, to la raza, we have to know our history. We have to be loud. We have to be active and keep on keepin’ on. We got this. “We gonna be alright!”