dear other non-Black poc'
September 28, 2014
dear other non-Black poc:
it isn’t ok, when a post or whatever, is clearly about Black people
and you say ‘this other group too’
the problem, even in cases where the comment might be appropriate,
ie saying that Indigenous oppression and Black oppression aren’t necessarily distinct
is that this happens on every single post about Black people’s experiences
and what is serves to enforce is that Black people
no matter what the issue is
are never allowed or able to be centered.
you might think ‘well, i’m just saying it this one time’
but that one time fits into an overarching and pretty much universal
urge to generalize (and thus erase Blackness from) Black experiences/thought/creative work/etc
so pls restrain this urge and think twice before entering a conversation about Black people and making a comment like this.