If we were to discuss stereotypes of black men and women, outside of their own community, I’d be willing to bet that a lot of people would immediately jump to the idea of an “typical” angry black woman or man. Often times, someone will be called angry no matter what their tone might be, which then leads to tone policing. A non person of color will then interrupt said black person to give them some bullshit line about how maybe if they said things in a “nicer, calmer way” more people would be willing to listen to them. But, aside from tone policing, let’s break down why it is perfectly acceptable for blacks (and all people of color) to be incredibly upset and angered about the way things are for them.
Sean Hannity, an anchor at Fox News, has compared Black Lives Matter to the Ku Klux Klan. I’ll explain why this is some next level bullshit, Black Lives Matter came about for the simple reminder that while we are supposedly living in a country where everyone is equal, blacks are killed at a rate four times faster than anyone else by law enforcement and vigilante justice groups. Black Lives Matter is a movement to empower the black community so they remember that despite whatever negative stereotypes are portrayed, they’re valuable people as well. Black Lives Matter is just what the name says, because if “All” lives truly mattered, blacks wouldn’t be the ones suffering the most at the hands of the system designed to bring about fairness.
You’d do well to acknowledge that the BLM group has not committed any crimes, but that the KKK has been known for lynchings, castration, bombings, mutilation, and forced sterilization…all of which had been done in a public setting. Lynchings would draw a crowd of thousands, because people truly believe that blacks deserve to be mutilated, burned, and dismembered for something as petty as not stepping off a sidewalk when a white person walks by. Black Lives Matter is in place to make sure all the little black boys and girls growing up today can live beyond the age of 30, and potentially walk down the street without fearing for their lives. But the KKK was born and raised on the idea that black extermination is the only way to go, and they did their best to rid this country of people of color.
So, when you think about maybe telling a black person to calm down, remember that they’re consistently living their lives with a boot to the back of their neck and a voice in their ear telling them they cause their own problems and are the source of all problems in this country. Next time your black friend is angry over the death of another unarmed black person, remember that it rings true that the biggest crime in America is being born black. Next time you see a post for Black Lives Matter and want to post a comment about how all lives matter, remember that blacks die four times faster than their white counterparts at the hands of police. Next time you hear someone complaining about whites and want to say it’s a generalization, remember that whites have committed some of the most heinous crimes in the history of this country but have convinced the world that blacks are the problem. Next time you want to join a discussion about racism, remember to actually listen to what people of color around you are saying because their stories may save another person of color from some added pain and do not interrupt them. Next time you want to cite Martin Luther King Jr. as the voice of reason for blacks, remember that even he had said, “Why is equality to assiduously avoided? Why does white America delude itself , and how does it rationalize the evil it retains? The majority of white Americans consider themselves sincerely committed to justice for the Negro. They believe that American society is essentially hospitable to fair play and to steady growth toward a middle-class Utopia embodying racial harmony. But unfortunately this is a fantasy of self-deception and comfortable vanity.”
Remember the next time you choose to view someone of color as just angry and rude, that they have been put under unimaginable pressure since the day they were born and continue to live through it. Oh, and don’t forget that anger, frustration, and sadness can all be expected from people of color and there is absolutely nothing wrong with expressing these emotions. These emotions are a direct result of the endless shit piled upon them from the moment they realize their darker skin color marks them as something “other” or “different” in our American society. Think about all of this, the next time you go to tell someone their feelings and thoughts are irrational or invalid.