so, yes. you are basically doing the White Opinion thing here. i know you can’t see what’s going on. but you sensed it, maybe, because you followed up.
people of color—like myself—have noted this dynamic so many times. it’s pretty amazing. totally repeatable. i’m bothering to break it down because i know you mean well and are possibly open to further self examination. it sounds like it. and i know i appreciate when women have the means (and they don’t owe it to me) to help teach me where i fall ignorant in their cases.
you can’t help the lean of your mind. you want to believe what this person said. or maybe it’s too scary to think of a world that really is as dastardly and devious as so many people of color say, in conversations like the one i captured in that screenshot.
so you missed the disingenuous little rhetorical trick that dissenter did, in that thread. they took a discussion about BLEACH balloons, and pretended to join in as one of the victims of such a crime, but in the first line substituted “bleach balloon” with “balloon.”
later in the comment, after they had used that “hey, me too” (“Concern Troll” method) stance to undermine the current conversation and consensus, they THEN added ‘bleach’ back in at the end with a fake wave of solidarity “well, if this means they stop throwing water/mud/bleach” then that’s good’ type of thing.
is a white kid getting hit with a water balloon equivalent to an asian and a black kid getting hit with bleach balloons? no. of course not!
kinda like “I don’t care if you’re white/black/orange/purple/green”: these are not equivalents, nor are we using real instruments of understanding and logic. these things (balloons, colors of skin) are posed as the same for the same reason all White Opinion enters a discussion like this: it is MEANT TO SOW CONFUSION and thus disrupt the burgeoning solidarity and clarity being forged by people of color.
pretty sneaky nasty shit, hunh?! that’s what white supremacy has sown in so many minds. but you can untangle it. think on this stuff. think on when you see a White Opinion try to slide in between shaking hands, think on what it means. make sure it’s not your voice.
peace! and thank you for a desire to understand. i hope you put it to good use.
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