"If at first you don’t succeed try, try and try again."

If you've ever said, "I'm not racist! I have Black friends," you might need to rethink what it means to be a friend. As someone who's been the token Black friend on multiple occasions, that phrase has always been problematic to me. It made me question a lot of my own friends for some time, especially the ones who would nonchalantly say anti-Black things to me as if I wasn't Black myself.

One particular situation always comes to mind. Back in high school, I was friends with this one girl who, one day during a class, referred to President Barack Obama as "Mr. Monkey Man." My class was predominately Black, so my classmates and I were very upset. After class, she took me to the side and asked: "You see where I was coming from though, right? They are just being so sensitive." According to her, she thought he looked like a monkey and there was nothing racial behind it. Instead of wanting me to explain the painful history behind what she said, she wanted me to validate her feelings. She wanted me to tell her that I disagreed with my classmates, but I didn't. Even if I did disagree, my singular opinion wouldn't undermine the feelings my classmates and the majority of Black people...


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