When I was younger, I used to believe more in Martin than Malcolm. When you are younger, you believe in the ideological and philosophical. But as the realities of the world hit, you realise pragmatic thinking is necessary. Silence is so oft confused for peace, that when someone speaks out it’s misconstrued as being militant.
The way the world is, and has been is that the discomfort of bigots being called out for their harmful actions somehow outweighs the pain of the people they oppress. I had someone use dog-whistle slurs (words that don’t seem hateful except to the demographic they’re slurring) to insult me based on my race. When I called him out on his racism, he went on to be butt hurt and say I should apologise for finding his racism hurtful. We cannot address racism without calling out racists, so you can cry your salty ass white tears, they don’t negate the systematic, institutionalised prejudices that exist against people who aren’t caucasian.
The media has fed this false idea that anyone who isn’t white’s feelings are less important. That our main, our challenges, our exclusions, should be gotten over as soon as they are experienced. That when you speak out against them, you’re the problem, and should be silenced.
“If you are not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are oppressed, and loving the people doing the oppressing.” – Malcolm X