Yo have have NO idea how much hatred we face.
You have NO idea how many people have told us we are stupid, lazy, criminal, worthless, obsolete, inferior.
You have NO idea how many times our teachers, and other people in positions of authority have put us down, mocked us, erased our culture and history and told us we will only be useful if we deny ourselves and become completely assimilated.
You have NO idea how many times we have faced violence, emotional and physical, because of who we are, and how many times that violence was explicitly linked to hatred of us.
You have NO idea how many times we have tried to convince people that we are human beings. How many times we have engaged the same tired old arguments with people who are hellbent on seeing us as less than human. How many times we have tried to hold in the nausea and anger in order to ‘remain polite’. How many times we have felt our blood go cold at the things people say and believe about us. How many times we simply cannot continue these conversations because they are NOT abstract, ideological debates, they are attacks on us, personally and as a whole.
So when you whine about our tone, or you feel offended when we cut you off or refuse to engage, or we yell at you for the awful things you say…the awful things you claim are harmless ‘what ifs’…
…and we tell you that you just don’t get it…
You live such unbelievably sheltered lives, and yet you work so damn hard to deny this to yourselves, and to everyone else around you.
Right now, many of you are screaming in your heads about how hard you have it, and how oppressed you feel by my words.
And your total ignorance of what it actually means to be oppressed is at the heart of why this shit isn’t actually getting any better.