Anonymous asked: Imagine a high school that had no anti-bullying policy, and the football players tormented the nerds every day, hurt them, and abused them, and got away with it. But one day, the nerds said “ENOUGH, THIS ISN’T RIGHT” and the school agreed, and people started working to make the nerds equal to the football players. Now imagine the nerds are forming clubs, and communities, in the high school. They feel safe there. Strong there. Accepted, not threatened. But the football players want to come in…
and spend time with the nerds. Hang out with the nerds, in their safe nerd space. The nerds say “No! No, you can’t. You can’t come in here to spend time with us. You can be nice to us out there, in the schoolyard. Where you used to bully us, THERE you can be nice and you can spend time with us. But here is our space. Let us have our space in peace.” Now, if you read this story and completely accepted that the nerds should have their own space, then NEVER BOTHER A POC AGAIN when they say that they do not want white people, that they do not want whiteness, in their safe spaces, in their safe locations. If you would respect the wishes of some high school nerds, you damn well better respect the wishes of people of color. Because the history of PoC is a hell of a lot worse than some allegorical high school.
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