“Friends…As Whodini so eloquently asked, “How many of us have them?”
What does the term “friend” even mean really? Well, according to Merriam-Webster: “a person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically exclusive of sexual or family relations.”
Now, notice–and this is the part of the definition I agree with–it says, “and with one whom has a bond of mutual affection.”
I don’t know about you, family, but to me, “mutual” means others equally advocate for and supporting each other’s interests.
If I may ask a basic question, what other groups have reciprocated the way we have tirelessly advocated and caped for their issues over our own?
Systematic white supremacy has affected both black men and women equally. So, when it comes to gender, there is no differentiation as to how this system has dominated, mistreated, and murdered us? Where are the feminist groups when it comes to challenging and eradicating systematic white supremacy?
The truth of the matter is, while living under the system of white supremacy, no white person can say they are truly friends with a black person unless they are willing to go to war with systematic racism/white supremacy itself.
Being friends with someone means you are willing to accept the reality of what that person’s reality is, no matter how uncomfortable it makes you feel in the process.
Plenty of white people support each other through cancer. Would you support a black person in making sure they receive justice for their systematic mistreatment in America?
Plenty of white people support each other through infidelity and breakups.
Plenty of white people support each other through job-loss and even have the networks available to hook their white friends up with another job.
Plenty of white people won’t date nor be friends a black person because they don’t want to have to deal with the system of white supremacy that the black person they’re feeling has to live with every day of their lives. They would much rather deal with someone they aren’t compatible with vs. having to deal with the black person they are compatible with, so they don’t have to deal with the baggage that comes with blackness.
If you aren’t willing to expend every bit of you white privilege towards destroying white supremacy and towards making this society fair and just, then, you have no black friends, and you care zero about what their quality of life is.
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