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Just read this New York Times essay and mentally reverse the races of the people involved.
Then one morning, glancing out my front window, I saw a young white couple stopped at the library. Instantly, I was flooded with emotions — astonishment, and then resentment, and then astonishment at my resentment. It all converged into a silent scream in my head of, Get off my lawn!…
What I resented was not this specific couple. It was their whiteness, and my feelings of helplessness at not knowing how to maintain the integrity of a Black space that I had created.
Long story short, she doesn’t want to see white people in her neighborhood. “Don’t let the sun go down on you around here, mayonnaise.” She goes on to justify her hatred of white people because of racist acts committed by long dead white people generations ago.
We are never going to get past this.Published in