"If you’re telling a non-black person about something racist that happened to you, make sure you are not bitter. Don’t complain. Be forgiving. If possible, make it funny. Most of all, do not be angry. Black people are not supposed to be angry about racism. Otherwise you get no sympathy. This applies only for white liberals, by the way. Don’t even bother telling a white conservative about anything racist that happened to you. Because the conservative will tell you that YOU are the real racist and your mouth will hang open in confusion."
— Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (via daniellemertina)
"If you point out casual racism on a regular basis, you’re going to get a lot of people whining that you’re too ‘politically correct,’ which is not a phrase that actually means anything anymore, besides saying of its speaker, ‘I am nostalgic for a time when I could be as racist as I wanted and nobody bugged me about it and thus I would like you to just shut up now you dumb person with your stupid thinky brain thoughts trying to infiltrate the hostile and unmovable lump of granite I replaced my mind with.’"
— Casual Racism is Not My Spirit Animal (via liamdryden)
(Source: cleverhelp, via agirlcalledchris)
tbh all the white ppl i know who truly understand racism to the best of their ability, have never asked me “do you hate white people???”
cause they actually listened to me and figured out that i hate white supremacy, not individual white people for simply being white
Fellow white people: listen to what POC are saying, instead of your own ego and hurt feelings.
"I was a five-year-old. My parents told—my father told us that we were going on a long vacation to a place called Arkansas. It was an adventure. I thought everyone took vacations by leaving home in a railroad car with sentries, armed soldiers at both ends of the car, sitting on wooden benches. And whenever we approached a town, we were forced to draw the curtains, the shade. We were not supposed to be seen by the people out there. We thought that was the way things happened. We saw people crying, you know, and we thought, “Well, why are they crying? Daddy said we’re going on a vacation.”"
— George Takei, describing being sent to an internment camp during World War II (via dollsahoy)
(Source: quigonejinn, via agirlcalledchris)