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‘Why Are They Racist?’

"My Black body, my personhood, and my humanity are discounted, and they render me invisible. And even in spaces such as the subway, where we are forced to look at each other until we reach our respective stops, White people across genders push and shove my Black body; knock me over to grab seats before me; and often demand that I move my body and become uncomfortable so that they are comfortable. This is what whiteness does—it demands recognition, at all costs, even if that means that Black people must suffer or even die.

I was struck by other words in the piece. Toward the end of his reflection, Howard notes, “There have always been White women in my life, and I’ve counted them as friends and sisters, mothers and lovers. Whenever I ask White women I know why they don’t reroute for Black men, they invariably express ignorance.”

Ahmad Greene-Hayes is a doctoral student in the Departments of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University. He also currently serves as an inaugural cohort fellow of the Just Beginnings Collaborative (2016-2018), where his project, Children of Combahee works to eradicate child sexual abuse in Black churches. Follow him on Twitter @_BrothaG.

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