Demanding civil rights and just treatment for People of Color has always been about exposing the truth of racial disparities and demanding justice— not about making sure white people’s feelings don’t hurt and white people don’t feel uncomfortable about the reality of racism.
You should feel uncomfortable about the actual racism enough to do something to fix it, not complain about how we say tell you about it!
My name is Farhiya and I have a story. My story matters just as much as yours does. 11 years ago, I was made a victim. This past Tuesday, on May 28th, 2013: I reclaimed my voice and became a survivor the moment I reported it. I decided my voice is worth fighting for and now that I have it back, I’m never letting it go again.
Did you know that there were Human Zoos on display in Europe and America from the 1870’s to the 1950’s? These public exhibits of humans,often called Negro Villages, usually showed indigenous people in a so-called natural or primitive state. The displays often emphasized the cultural differences between Europeans of Western civilization and non-European peoples.
Above is a photo from Amsterdam Holland around 1890, of an African child in one of these Human Zoo exhibits,being fed like an animal by white spectators.