I’ve been thinking about poc in the NL lately and racism and how poc themselves tend to deny it
sometimes, as an incidental thing, they might ackowledge it happened but for the most part a lot poc in the NL agree with the idea of racism as something that happens somewhere far away or somewhere in the past
saying theres racism in the NL is one of those things you just don’t do. it makes everyone in the room turn towards you, look at you funny and then dismiss you right away because pfff no thats what happens in the US
my mother went to florida once on vacation and swore never to go back there because she felt like she wasnt even human, people treated her so badly. I believe her, but I think its interesting we never talk about racism here.
it seems to me to be very connected to class, comparing the different poc I know, I think its an assimilation thing? the higher they are on the economic ladder, the more they believe racism isn’t a thing in the NL
I go to a rich people school, and I remember during class we were reading an article about the harassment from the police black and brown women faced in a certain neighborhood and its known for being mostly immigrants/poc/lower class/etc so no one really cares about it and my entire class just got that particular ‘racism isnt real what is this bullshit’ frown and said they must have been making it up
I can see that kind of stuff not happening in the neighborhoods they live in, maybe, but thats not the case for everyone. my mother warned me to be careful with police becase there’s this residual distrust in her that no poc I know can ever quite shake off. a friend of mine was asked to write anything at all about the news and more than a year after a brown boy made headlines because he was gunned down by the police very near her home, she instantly went with that boy. racism (especially from law enforcement) is very much a thing that happens in the NL but almost everyone denies it and the higher up the social ladder you go, the more fiercely they do
we never say the word racism either. when we get together and share stories about all the racist stuff thats happened to us, no one ever says ‘so I was harassed by this racist’ or even ‘this dude was saying racist stuff’
its just not done with most poc here. we speak in very coded, concious ways I think, because we say ‘some asshole was calling me _’ and the other person understands ‘oh this was racism’ but its kind of subconcious? we never call it racism or even think the word, I don’t think, but the other person will always come with their own story about racism even if we’re not ‘technically’t talking about racism
basically things are strange. we dont talk about racism in the NL even in most poc communities but it feels like its always on the back of everyone’s mind.