On social media, I’ve seen many black people defend other races of people when they are experiencing racism and discrimination. Black people defended Hispanics who were dealing with deportation and their families being torn apart by ICE. Black people defended Mexicans when Donald Trump was talking about building walls to block them out of the country and saying they’re responsible for bringing drugs and crime to the country. Black people defended Chinese people when Donald Trump referred to the Coronavirus as the “Chinese virus”. Black people even defend white people who are being disrespected by other black people online. There are so many examples out there of where our people defended other races of people. Our people will defend anyone, regardless of race. If no other race defends another race who is experiencing racism and disrespect, best believe our people will!
On the flip side, I’ve seen other black people shame and criticize the ones who defend all of these races of people, saying that these other races of people rarely, if ever, care about or defend us when we’re experiencing racism, so why should we care about their problems and defend them?
Although I completely agree with that, I don’t hate the ones who defend other races of people at all because I believe I know why our people do this. Our people have been experiencing racism and discrimination for centuries in America. We know what it feels like to be discriminated against and looked down upon because of our race. Our people have been through being told we couldn’t go to certain places because we are black. Our people witness being sentenced harsher sentences in the judicial system than white people for the same crimes too many times. Our people get told that our own hair that grows out of our scalps is “unprofessional” and “ugly”. Our people know what it feels like to be disrespected and looked down upon just because of the color of our skin. Our people know what being negatively stereotyped all throughout media day in and day out feels like. Our people don’t want to see anyone else going through that, so we defend them. I can’t hate my people for having sympathy.
It’s actually a bittersweet thing. Our people have such a soft spot for fighting against racism, no matter who is experiencing it, but it seems like nobody cares about us to do the same for us. I know our people know that, too. I just feel like it doesn’t stop us from fighting.
I believe our defensiveness of everyone is definitely a side effect of being discriminated against for so long. I think before we are so quick to criticize and shame one another, we need to think of why our people do these things first. A lot of the time, it’s because of serious deep rooted issues like this one. We have to remember what our people have gone through in this country throughout history because what our people have gone through plays a HUGE part of how we act and react to things today, regardless of how “long ago” it was.