Dear White People:
If we happen to be having a Very Serious Discussion about racism, please refrain from telling me the following:
Well, I guess I’m just an optimist.
This ranks right up there with telling me that you guess you don’t see race, that you’re reasonable and rational, that of course you can take a joke, ad nauseum.
But let me address this particular crap pile of bullshit putdown. What makes you think I’m not a fucking optimist? I mean, I am talking to you. And I seem to be continually surprised by cluelessness and stupidity and ignorance and privilege.
Also, I get up in the morning. And I do it all over again every day. If that’s not optimism, I don’t know what is.
In addition, in an only slightly related tangent, don’t excuse old people for their racism. If my grandmother and my various other old folks still have to suffer it, then old people should still get a beat down for it. (Oh, and adoptive parents? Letting your old people expose your kids to more racism is child abuse.)
That is all. Please make a note of it.