Ajah Hales

I agree that that is the goal if the aim is to treat everyone equally. But isn’t the aim to treat everyone fairly? Treating everyone fairly and treating everyone equally is not the same thing. For example, not having any handicap stalls and having all bathrooms be the same size is treating everyone equally. But, it’s unfair to people who need to bring wheelchairs or strollers or apparatus of any type into the bathroom. By doing this one thing that is equal for everyone, we are making life unfair for some.

So the ability to have your language received in the way you intend is a privilege that is generally only extended to white people. You feel like it is treating everyone fairly to just have everyone’s opinion understood in the way it is intended. That ignores years of historical context where white people have literally been able to set the version of reality that we teach in schools. What you consider to be fair treatment still has to be enforced by people who are influenced, consciously or unconsciously, by the color of people’s skin. There are plenty of policies that were supposed to be applied to all Americans that excluded Black people, Latinx, and Asian folx, creating a large, wealthy, and mostly white middle-class in the 1950s and 60s at the expense of their BIPOC fellow Americans.

Let’s take a step back and look at the historical context for black Americans.

Black people got 246 years of chattel slavery, 80 years of debt peonage and sharecropping, 40 years of contract buying, white flight, redlining, busing, assassinations, highly militarized policing, and a host of other destructive policies too long to list, while white people received the benefits of citizenship. Now, we are living in the gross inequity created by these policies that stretch from slavery to Trump and now you want everyone to be treated the same. That is not equity. That is favoritism, disguised as equality.

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