There are some ardent supporters of 2016 Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders to whom the Black Lives Matters movement owes a debt of gratitude to.
This time it was not the Black Lives Matter crowd that was protesting, it was progressives, liberals, and Bernie Sanders supporters. They were fighting mad over the actions of two, yes, two people who identified as members of the Black Lives Matters movement interrupting Bernie Sanders in Seattle.
We weren’t all apologetic, but we did want to know the facts. Some black twitter folks started off on the side of the white progressives. There were even formal apologies posted, but it wasn’t enough. The people who had called themselves our “allies” were attacking us as if we were their enemies.
Her nose suddenly flared a bit. The size of her eyes changed. And she literally drew back from me, just a bit though. Simultaneously, she tightened her grip on the purse that she was holding on her lap.
I think that is when I wondered whether or not she was struggling with a mental health issue or something I was even more familiar with.
So yes, she knew I was coming she just didn’t know that I was coming.
It wasn’t like it was the first time. How many people do you think that I served that clearly had a strong dislike for most black people, except me at that moment?
Oh, it wasn’t that I was surprised. I’ve seen this in real life. Many of us have. Happens any day that ends in the letter “y”.
Our lives are in danger. This wasn’t even close to hurting our feelings. It was just disappointing because of who it was coming from.
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