Race is so hard for us to comprehend, so difficult for us to get our heads around and our lives out of. It’s sticky and it has gotten on everything that we come into contact with. We have been talking about race for hundreds of years and still, we cannot get it off of us.
We are simply overwhelmed by race; it is seemingly in everyone and impacting everything. We don’t believe that we can get away from it so we accept it resentfully, passively, hopelessly. We surrender all to race without a second thought, disinterested, worn down, ignorant.
We don’t know when it began and don’t believe that it will ever end. But, I am not afraid to say, “Post- racial.” And I believe that we can do something about race.
Race is not just systemic; it’s personal. We can do something about race because we can do something about ourselves. We can change and consequently, we can change the existence of race from alive and well to dead and gone.
Don’t talk about race positively or affirmatively. Stop right now. Race is not a friend of our identity but an enemy and should be treated as such. It is not a confidante or a protector. It cannot be trusted alone with us or our children for any reason at any time.
Don’t talk about others while using race as a positive reference or resource for understanding them. Race doesn’t know what it means to be human. It is a category not a character trait. It is a box not a body.
Don’t talk to persons who encourage the use of prejudices and stereotypes. Don’t allow race to tell you what to think of persons. Experience the world and the people in it for yourself.
The change begins in our mouths. Now open wide and speak up. Say something. Do something.