Language, Part I


Social Otherness 101

I asked some people on social media this today:

“What are some words that you wish people–especially white people–understood?”

And woah did I get some amazing responses. You see, I can preach from my desk all day long and you may or may not believe me. But these wonderful people put in words what every other social other continues to scream at society.


“Shut up”

“Don’t touch my hair”




“White fragility”


“That’s not yours. Leave it the f— alone.”

“Do not touch me.”


“Not your token.”

“White supremacy.”


“That is not spicy.”

“Nobody asked you.”


“This is not for you.”

“Shut up and listen.”

“Purple is not a skin color. “


“Institutional. (Racism, misogyny)”


“That Allah does not mean ‘Brown God’. Arab Christians also say Allah.”

“Your flag does not welcome me so why should I welcome it.”

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I'm a kind of quirky, pretty stubborn, way too opinionated, twenty-something, intellectual, introspective, queer, Black, female, in a polyamorous relationship, and this is where I try to figure out my life.

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