i think it’s important that myself and other white ppl remember that we can not even begin to truly understand the pain and trauma of what is happening in ferguson, nor can we grasp the anger and sadness black communities experience due to this situation. all we can do is stand in solidarity, listen, and not derail or take the focus away from the true face of racism and white supremacy.
this for real.
I always respond with a generic “bad things.”
Due to the subtext of my extremely nondescript response, I make a sheepish face that says “I’m totally hiding something but I think you already know what it is.” It ends up looking something like this:
Turns out, ominously saying “bad things” is…
I don’t have digestive symptoms (it’s more overall and contributes to stomach paralysis long-term). However, if I did I would have no shame telling someone that it would make me shit my pants or projectile vomit. Maybe then you get taken seriously!
I end up just telling people it’s like “a very condensed but also drawn out horrible stomach flu but worse” and “that the long term consequences are even worse.”
see, that’s gun control
you don’t take away a person’s right to bear arms
you take away a person’s ability to abuse their arms
i mean it’s high maintenance but i really think it’d be worth it if it saves lives