I am not convinced that the people you all want to be swayed can be swayed, and you should not be presenting the idea that I have ever suggested we reach across the table to everyone. I am very clear about the lost causes.
The biggest difference between you and me, is I care more about the people affected by racism than I do about racists themselves. I think that’s the source of most the disagreement.
Because if this is true, why are you spending so much time worrying about the racists? How much time and consideration are you giving to those who actually endure it?
I have spent almost my entire life hearing and waiting and listening to all these excuses about turning the other cheek, waiting for the old racists to die off, not confronting because the issue would be solved once the old racists died off. I know today that’s bullshit. It always has been bullshit.
And i think consequences for when you, and others who think like you, wind up being wrong is completely left for people like me to deal with. You don’t have as much skin the game so of course you’re going keep trying because if you fail what happens exactly? What happens to you and yours if you fail? Do your kids get ignored in school. Do people not take your degree seriously. Are they told not to reach for the stars because people like you have and will never achieve or contribute? What’s the chances of being in prison for your sons? Are they allowed to drive fancy cars without being thought of as thieves? Can they be angry and frustrated and annoyed without being drawn like a monkey in some comic. Can they show a fraction of emotion without being portrayed as out of control? Are they going to spend the rest of their life trying to explain to people they earned what they achieved and didn’t take some white man’s rightful place.
What consequences are you going to endure if you fail?
note: I am saying you, but I am really referencing people who have your position.