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So, I’ve been having feelings about the comments on the article I wrote, and it didn’t make any sense. Generally, I don’t really get feelings about interweb comments on stuff I wrote.
Even personal attacks just raise my blood-pressure for a hot minute, and I get back to life or sick my tumblr buds on ‘em. What was different this time is that I was thinking about these comments when I walked away from the keyboard.
Then, a light bulb turned on, and I dropped this comment/knowledge bomb:
Also, I’m starting wonder what the response might have been if I didn’t address my race in this article, and if my picture was of a surfing cat or something.
I also feel like the response here is incredibly similar to what happens in conversations on the internet (and real life) when a person of color says, “I’m [insert race/ethnicity here] and I’m totally proud of it. Oh, btw, white people have screwed things up in this culture.”
Yeah, I’m taking it here.
In this thread we have examples of the average tropes that occur in a conversation about race, after a person of color has expressed their negative experiences with white people. You can easily scroll through these comments and find examples. Just replace “Home Schooled,” with “Black,” and “Traditionally Schooled,” with “White.”
1. “I have Home schooled friends. Thus I am incredibly familiar with your experience.”
2. Invalidation of the experience of the Home Schooled person, and an expectation that the Home schooled person needs to accommodate the feelings of the Traditionally Schooled majority.
3. Personal attacks and implications of “reverse-schoolisim.”
4. Support and acceptance from others of the Traditionally Schooled Majority saying that the Home Schooled minority needs to chill out because they have marginalized the majority in some way.
What do y’all think about that? I mean, I was self-loving the hell out of myself in the article, and I did deserve being called arrogant. But really? “I had homeschooled friends?” lol
What do y’all think about that?
I mean, I was self-loving the hell out of myself in the article, and I did deserve being called arrogant.
But really? “I had homeschooled friends?”