Allow me re-phrase “her article wasn’t written to connect with any particular audience” to “her article wasn’t written especially for a particular demographic nor was it written to exclude a particular demographic.”


Look, I don’t get why all the concern is about how the piece could be better to suit your purposes. Dominique Matti wrote the piece as expression of how she felt about her direct experience as Black American woman in relation to July 4, 2016.

That’s all there is to it. Her experience is not up for debate.

You say that “watching the lie” is harmful choice . Harmful for whom? She doesn’t say “all.” There are white people who choose to ignore what’s going on. If people read that and feel guilty or are moved to self-examination, I say “well played, indeed!” I seriously doubt the piece was written as a rallying cry, if people don’t like it; they’re free to move on to the next article.

Your point that she “won’t change the system unless she enrolls some of them to the cause” is only valid if that was her intended goal; again, which we’ve both guessed is not her goal at all.

This woman has every right to be as provocative, meek, or bombastic as she likes in expressing her thoughts. Everyone does. Not knowing Matti from Eve, I’m going out on a limb here in assuming that she wasn’t writing to be provocative. But based on her demonstrated and skillful command of the English language in that one post, I have no doubt Matti could scorch the asphalt off a highway with her words alone … if she chose to. But that’s not what I’m getting from the piece.

Why should “white Americans” be included in a struggle that only people of color, especially Blacks are engaged in everyday? You’re not making sense.

Yes, we’re all human. But to attempt to dilute Matti’s telling of her own direct personal experience by saying “we’re all human” is unkind, dismissive, and insensitive. Matti has addressed the fact that she is an unwilling game piece in a game and she explained not only how its rules are relentlessly meted out in her life but its effects as well. (Is that supposed to be affect or effect? I forget.)

And the demographic breakdown is irrelevant. According to your numbers non-whites only make up 38% of the U.S. population. That’s still not the majority. Minorities aren’t the majority of power brokers.

You’re right, most players don’t even notice that they’re playing the game. When a life is all Boardwalk, Park Place, and “Collect $200 Salary As You Pass Go,” it’s hard to imagine any other way of living. Privilege does that to people. But to those who are being disproportionately dealt “Go Directly Jail, Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200” cards, we’re acutely aware of the game that’s being played. And how the rules are not set in our favor.

As much as I hate to say this, you’re attempting to [insert noun/adjective of choice]-splain away the valid points Matti makes. Come on, man. You’re better than that. Much better than that. Take the article for what it is: one woman’s expression of what’s going on in her life, written for her own purposes, no one else’s.

Her post should inspire all who read it to try to squelch racism on contact and strive to make these United States a more perfect union.

(Ms. Matti, please forgive me if I’ve made monstrous assertions or foisted my own biases upon you. That’s not my intent. My goal is to make a singular point: you are free to write whatever you want, any way you want, for whatever purposes you choose.)

Author, artist, accidental activist, founder Our Human Family ( Social media: @clayrivers. Love one another.

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