A statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority.
indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group.
Have you ever walked into a building for a clear purpose, only to be met with unwarranted hostility for occupying space in that time and place? To be overlooked, disregarded, and underestimated?-When the bank teller speaks up and asks you if they can –help- you, but instead of a friendly disposition it crawls from their mouth in a condescending tone as they watch you walk toward your destination, their voice thick with the pre-determined judgement that it would be impossible for you to have business to attend to.
to be sitting in a doctor’s office, being asked where you’re from. No, where are you from? Well, where are your parents from? As if the answer that you give will determine the level of care that will be given from that moment on. As though the health of your unborn child rests in the balance of the outcome of the question. To assume it would be impossible for you to call this land your home.
In a female perspecitve, I think Nitty Scott quoted it best in For Sarah Baartman.
A witch that wouldn’t burn, to be brown and to be woman
To be permanently stuck in the skin of a sinner
Like bitter cinnamon and broken mahogany splinters
Why does the tone of our skin, pre-determine our worth? Why do they look so surprised to find us well spoken, well read, with good credit, and the ability to acknowledge the low key hate they cannot be bothered to conceal. The superiority complex that oozes between the lines of the interaction.
To have brown skin, tattoos, and to embrace the culture that is our birthright. We make no apology for who we are. We see your hate, and we reject it.
We will not carry it with us. Our culture has been taught to be ashamed of who we are and where we come from. Our culture is sacred and we will teach those that come after us to never accept being treated without dignity because of who we are, what our culture is, and who our ancestors are.