CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY?
It is no wonder I am angry about my experiences with racism. Yes, I know I see slights that aren’t there. Sometimes. But overall, the hostility I fight against is not imaginary. On March 11, 2019 I read the article you will find if you click on the link below. women used to die in childbirth routinely, in previous centuries. But I expect better results in this century and I am correct to expect those results. It is unacceptable to me to hear that black women are twice as likely to die in childbirth than women of other races. Including educated and informed black women like me. Why? People don’t care about us, people hate us, and we avoid the trauma of this treatment by giving up on help. And we die as a result.
BLACK WOMEN ARE DISMISSED WITH ENOUGH HOSTILITY TO DRIVE THEM AWAY
Take a gander at the following statements. All of the statements were made by people who were service providers or authorities I had to turn to in order to get something I needed.
“What are you going to do, knock off a liquor store?
“What’s a black woman doing on this floor at all hours if she’s not there to clean?”
“Don’t do anything you can get arrested for.”
“I don’t know anything about these so-called threats to your safety. I don’t know how someone would break into your window. I’m not the criminal.”
“Tamika is here and she doesn’t have the money.”[My name is not Tamika]
“A lot of people think I don’t like black people but it’s not true. Some of my best friends…are you sure you are the same Caroleena I spoke to on the phone?”
“The police aren’t going to put their donuts down to help someone like you.”
“We don’t want certain people in this profession. Murderers. Rapists. Child molesters. And prostitutes.”
I am not saying everyone is racist, all the time. I am saying these hurtful experiences do real damage, especially in life and death situations. That’s why I keep fighting every injustice, no matter how small. I fight for all the people who can’t put on the Uber bitch exterior the way I can. I want things to be easier for all of us. We don’t deserve to die simply bc there are people who don’t think we deserve to live.