James Baldwin said it beautifully, “To be Black and conscious in America is to be in a constant state of rage.” For those of us, like me, who are sensitive water signs, INFPs, or just prefer a world where we really all could just get along, rage is not an ideal state. In fact, rage is not ideal even those who can handle that emotion much better than us watery folks; constant rage is unhealthy and usually is destructive when not channeled properly. So it is much, much easier to pretend that those things which would throw us into a constant state of rage do not exist at all. All of the problems of the Black community can be fixed if we work harder, show compassion to those who have harmed us in the past (because, surely, there is no harm happening in the present), and give Trump a try, right?
This perspective is dangerous (and a whole lot of other adjectives) because we cannot dismantle what we don’t acknowledge. As long as we ignore reality we leave white supremacy completely unchecked and give away the power we have to a create a better world for ourselves and our descendants.