I don’t think we get to the otherside of whatever we are going through without vulnerability. I so appreciate @polotek putting this so plainly. This kind of anxiety about casual mishaps is a day to day reality for so many Black folks.
And we shouldn’t take for granted that this real risk is incurred to minimize the “feeling” of risk for light-skinned communities. White people, but many of the rest of us too.
I have this really clear memory of being at a friends house. Her friend/family member was visiting from NYC. She was talking about crime in NYC being up and missing Bloomberg and Guliani. Now, I KNOW the crime rate has gone down.
What this woman is bemoaning is the danger she feels with a more allowed presence for Black and/or Latinx people in the city post-stop and frisk. @polotek’s real incurred risk of police violence is done to keep a woman like that’s discomfort low. Not because of real danger.
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