This week's Five Star Mixtape is brought to you by white boys, not knowing when playing nice isn't so nice, non-binary realities, the fact that getting what you want isn't always just about self-empowerment, and Terry Pratchett:
how many times
nice white boys
admired all the ways I contorted my heart and body
to fit into the shadows
When people in power are asking oppressed people to “play nice”, questions worth asking are:
What is Nice?
And who gets to decide?
My partner and I tried to shrug it off, but once their cellphones came out and they worked to “sneakily” take photos of us we decided to leave the area. Unfortunately, they followed, keeping in the aisle next to us where they whispered loudly about the “gross dude in a skirt”.
It happens all the time that white people claim not to be racist because they didn’t intend to be racist; they weren’t thinking about that at all.
But there are many situations in which it is precisely your job to think about that. Nothing induces more rage in others than your taking what you do not deserve and not even noticing.
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