Carelessly using the N word and how it affects someone

Washington DC, Sept. 30, 2017. Thousands rallied and marched to protest the racism of the Trump administration and to celebrate the culture of black women. The Maryland Police Department kept a low profile. The event was peaceful, orderly and there were no arrests.

Rebecca (not her real name; she has asked to remain anonymous, as she is part of a BLM group and does not want her name getting out and causing any issues with her peers), has had an experience few of us have had.

Since you’re part of a BLM group, obviously you’ve had previous issues with the N-word. Would you be able to fill me in on what happened and how you reacted?

A: I do have personal experiences with the N-word that were quite emotional and frustrating. I was at work, actually, and our to-go-specialist needed my help, and called me out saying “Hey, n****r.” I was so stunned that she not only called me that instead of my name, but the fact that she need my help as well.

How did you react to this?

A: I started bawling my eyes out. I had to leave work I felt so uncomfortable. I obviously went and told a manager about it. She [her co-worker] ended up quitting because she felt so awkward being around me and didn’t realize how badly that affected me.

With all of the hate against whites and blacks in the world right now, are you still supporting the BLM group?

A: Do black lives matter? Yes, of course. But the way in which they’re pushing their political agenda lately for more power over whites, their leader in Toronto saying, “Lord, give me the strength to not kill these white folk,” riots and violence, and other contradicting events, I can’t exactly say I’m for that organization.

Only what they stood for originally, but right now shit’s getting so far from sane with them. Obviously, I love my black people, but things are very complicated right now.

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