Hey, this is kind of a rant post, in response to Denise Young Smith’s apology for her statement on diversity which went something like this (the statement, not the apology):
“I focus on everyone. Diversity is the human experience.”
“There can be 12 white blue-eyed blonde men in a room and they are going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective”
Any sane person would read this and understand it makes perfect sense. Yes, believe it or not, not all blonde, blue-eyed men share the same experiences and perspectives!!!
She was right on the mark, and the best thing was that she’s a black woman, so people know she’s not simply racist.
Still, people took offensive to this and ordered her to apologise… and she did… But, I don’t, for one second, believe that she truly meant it.
Because she’s clearly not a fucking racist!!! Obviously she did it to save her job, which is understandable. I would probably do the same. I’m just glad she spoke about this in the first place.
I simply cannot understand, why people would be offended by this comment. In fact, I am offended at that their offence!
Because if you think that people with the same immutable traits all think the same and have the same experiences, then that is pretty racist and there’s a good chance you might be as well!
Imagine if someone said ‘all black people are different and have different experiences’. No one would complain, right? Of course black people have different experiences- isn’t this one of the core principles of intersectionality? Just because I have a fairly easy life, doesn’t mean that it’s the same for all black people, or even all black bisexual women.
If someone said, ‘all black people are the same’, people would get extremely offended.
And rightly so!!!
Black people are not a monolith. They don’t have the same experiences. They don’t have the same perspectives. To say as such would be reducing black people to their skin colour, which is obviously not good, yet people can turn around and do it for white people??
Well, truthfully, I think people like this, who get offended by Smith’s statement, want black people and white people to be a monoliths. To be nothing more than their skin colours.
“Black people are oppressed.”
“White people are the oppressors.”
All black people have to believe this and profess this for this belief to gain traction. So if you have a black woman rejecting the idea that all members of a race are the same, she’s one of the following:
- A coon and race-traitor
- Internalising racism
It’s funny how a black woman’s opinion is only wanted when it’s the Right opinion.