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I’m white, and I’ve cried in response to the horrific treatment of Black people — in empathy and rage and despair at the terrible stuff that was done to them. I also cried over “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee” and the horrific oppression of Native Americans and First Nations.
So when I first saw the phrase “white tears”, I naively thought it was in response to people crying empathically at the suffering, and that maybe Black people were upset because we were empathising with historical oppression but not doing anything about current oppression, or something.
When I realised that there were white people crying because they were upset at the realisation that Black people might have a bit of a grudge because of all that oppression, I was absolutely horrified. What a bunch of douchenozzles those white people who think it’s all about their feelings of trauma or their fear of being seen as racist are. Ffs.