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Bigotry Is Not OK
No matter who you are
The title says it all. Bigotry is not ok.
As I posted on LinkedIn some time back:
I am for equality and against bigotry. That means I am against:
and other types of bigotry
So, why am I bringing this up now? Because I recently came across a Black man (who had been introduced to me as a key supporter of an important anti-racism mission) implying that there was something wrong with being gay. That’s homophobia, and I know it caused harm to some people in the room, even if they had not revealed they were gay. That was not ok.
I raised it with the person who made the introduction, and I plan to have a more detailed conversation with them soon. It is not ok to let it slide.
That leads me to another point. As my grandparents used to say, two wrongs don’t make a right.
Just because we have been discriminated against, it doesn’t mean we should discriminate against others in turn.
I decided a long time ago that I did not want to make anyone feel the way the racists made me feel when I lived in France. For me that means, being against all those types of bigotry I listed at the start.
And it means that even if there is anti-Blackness in other communities - and we know there is - that doesn’t make it right for me, as a Black woman, to be bigoted against those communities.
I’m not saying I always get it right. I mess up. In fact, that LinkedIn post was made after I inadvertently liked a post with sentiments that didn’t match my values and was called in for it. When I mess up, I follow the advice I give you: I accept responsibility, apologise, do what I can to repair any harm, and avoid making the same mistake again. I don’t look for cookies either.
That’s what I did then, and that’s what I’ll continue to do.
But the important thing here is that I actively set out to avoid discriminating against others - as an anti-racist, how can I do any less?
What do you think?
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