This was posted on Medium.com. , and I have the author’s permission to post some of this here. I want this to start trending. I am sick and tired of watching videos of people arguing with Karens and Chads on my social media.
Stop doing that shit!
I’m tired of it, and it needs to stop. It has long ceased to be funny by simply calling these people by new funny nicknames.
I do not understand why anyone would stand there, and argue, word for word, with anyone who just started asking them random personal questions. I don’t even accept this kind of questioning of my behavior from my own family, I sure as hell ain’t gonna accept it from some random nosy white person. The policing of Black bodies from white people with absolutely no authority, whatsoever, to do so, has got to stop, and whenever possible, y’all need to tell these busybodies to step the fuck off and get out your face!
Fuck that noise!
It’s Time for a New Movement,
There is always a crescendo of emotions when a new video of a Karen or Chad questioning a Black person pops into my twitter feed. First, I’m empathetic towards the victim. Then I’m depressed that in 2020, these things keep happening. Followed by frustration. Until finally I’m pissed. It doesn’t matter how long the video is my emotions go from 0–10 every single time.
But after this latest video, where some random white guy, stops a Black woman in her car because he was wondering what she was doing in his neighborhood, I felt something else, exhaustion. I am literally sick and tired of being sick and tired. And it’s time we start a new movement, #STOPARUGINGWITHWYPIPO.
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Look, I know this is nothing new. I’ve written before that racism hasn’t increased it’s just being filmed. And I know that the policing of Black folks didn’t start with Trump. But clearly, the Trump era has emboldened white people. They really do feel that they have the right to demand to know what we are doing in spaces they have decided we don’t belong in. It doesn’t matter if it’s a pool where a Black woman was swimming with her kids or a bird watcher in a park, white people expect for us to explain ourselves to them. It’s the ‘let me see your papers’ game on steroids. But we don’t have to play anymore. This game isn’t any fun for Black folks, so let’s take a ball and go home. We can actually
Sure, I enjoy watching the Twitter detectives find the name and employment records of the White people harassing Black folks. I get some satisfaction in waiting for the tweets to post to their places of employment and counting down until they are fired and shunned. Ok, I get a lot of satisfaction. I’m all about holding these idiots accountable and exacting whatever vengeance can be had for the sheer stupidity they exhibit in this moment in time. But the amount of work invested in outing these folks is not worth it anymore. Forget the vengeance. Just stop explaining yourself, period.
It’s not like you can ever actually provide an explanation that will be acceptable. Let’s face it, these White people have already made up their minds that you don’t belong. There is literally nothing you can do to prove to them that you do. How many hotel keys, house keys, car keys, hell piano keys, can we produce to make them say ‘I’m sorry for bothering you. Of course, you belong here’? And if you think talking calmly will stop them from calling the police, go back and look at the birdwatcher in the park video. This guy seems to be the nicest guy in New York. He’s a freaking Harvard graduate, bird watcher. And Amy Cooper still called the police then put on an academy award performance Meryl Streep would be envious of while lying that she was the one being harassed.
White folks will call the police because there are no repercussions for wasting the police time and they know the police will 10 times out of 10 believe their story. And again, let’s face it. They enjoy the power they have over us at that moment. Think of the caucasity it took for that White man in Boston to pull his car up beside a random stranger and ask her why is she driving in her neighborhood. Then arrogantly tell her after he followed her around that he doesn’t feel safe with HER there. If all of that wasn’t bad enough, he actually said out loud he didn’t believe the explanation she gave him. And I’m not victim blaming here. I’m sure this poor woman was scared that a creepy man was following her around the neighborhood especially after the Ahmad Aubrey murder, but if there was ever a time for the inner angry Black woman to come out, that was the time. Just tell these folks to mind their own damn business and keep it moving.
The bottom line, you know why you are on that street, in that pool, in that lobby, at that Starbucks, or in that park. You know that you have the right to be wherever you are in these United States. You do not have to explain yourself to anyone, especially not to random White people. So stop trying. Don’t waste your time and your energy arguing with these White people. Right now, Black folks have to deal with a virus that affects us at an alarming rate. We got a white supremacist in the White House telling us our black lives don’t matter. We have double the unemployment rates of White people where a Black man with a college degree has fewer opportunities than a White man with no high school diploma. And we have police officers who would rather call in sick then for one of them to be held accountable for killing an unarmed man. We are already living in a tinderbox of stress. Don’t be the one to strike the match. #STOPARUGINGWITHWYPIPO.