You know, I think there are quite a few white people who think I hate them. Actually, maybe it's just white cisdicks. Maybe I'm being hyperbolic but I honestly doubt it. Idk, I just keep having interactions w/ white cisdicks wherein they say something like, "I know you hate white guys but..." Maybe they just think I'm angry. Maybe they think I'm angry at the world? But the real question is: Do I really need to explain myself? Furthermore, do I even have a problem with that general assumption? In those moments, I'm forced to actively restrain my embedded respectability politics. It's like I have to contain the desire to correct this assumption. Because am I not allowed to feel hate? Am I not allowed to feel resentment? I just read an excellent @huffpost article by @dominiquematti called "Why I'm Absolutely an Angry Black Woman" and it felt like she was speaking the words of my soul- if you're interested, you can find the full article on my Facebook page. Anyway, it made me think- why do I need for people to think I'm not angry? Because, truth be told, I AM angry. Yes, yoga and meditation allow for space to understand the anger but that doesn't make it magically dissipate. Does that mean I hate all white people (or white cisdicks)? Obviously not. Trust me, I've had sex with a few too many of y'all for that to be the case. But the fact that I feel compelled to make others comfortable probably points to more important insights. It might not be important to the sheepish white cisdick who decides to get in his feelings about perceived "reverse racism" (whatever the fuck that is), but it's definitely important to me.
Boston, y'all are fucking amazing- as usual, I'm humbled into silence and I PROMISE I'LL BE BACK. I can't believe there's only two tour stops left on this leg of the #everybodyyoga tour- I'll be in Toronto tomorrow with @bodyconfidencecanada at @fabarnakresto at 6:30pm and I'll be in Richmond, VA at @rva_library on Saturday at 2pm- details at jessamynstanley.com/tour!
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