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No, I don’t know

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I don’t usually do very serious posts on here but I think this needs to be said. No, I do not experience racism first hand. My skin color makes it seem as if I am white as snow, not the case but I digress because that is not the point of this article. Racism is alive in America. The fact that we have a very openly racist President has really brought that to the forefront recently. I do not know what it is like to be afraid that I will get accused of stuff or called names because of the color of my skin. I grew up in a very aware family and never really understood how someone could hate someone based on anything other than what is in their soul. No, I do not know what went through my ex-fiancees head as he was slammed against a wall by cops for kissing me outside my office. I do know that because of my white privilege I was able to yell at them and tell them to get their hands off my man. Someone had called the cops because they claimed I was being held against my will mind you I was standing in front of him and had him backed into a corner so this was definitly not the case and just outright racism and hate because we were an interracial couple. No I don’t know what it is like to be a black child like Trayvon Martin being followed because it is presumed that I do not belong in a neighborhood because of the color of my skin but I do know what is like to hold my 2-year-old nephew Treyvon named after Trayvon Martian and cry when he walks into the room just as a picture of Tamir Rice laying dead comes across the TV he had no clue what was going on. No, I don’t know the fear of being a person of color in America but I do know the fear of being an Aunt a sister, a cousin. a friend. a partner of people of color. I am afraid everyday for the people I love and for people I don’t even know because no one should have to put up with that kind of crap. It is our generation’s duty to teach younger generations that hate will not be tolerated and that we are all in this together. Racism was created to divide us because divided we will never succeed.

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