I’m sick of talking about race. I’ve been thinking about this for a while…when can I just be me as an individual? I sometimes hear white people say that “black people talk about race too much,” or “black people play the race card.” I disagree with both statements, but much to the surprise of the white people who believe that Black people are “race crazy,” many Black people get sick of talking about race too. Many times, we just want to be individuals and not have to worry about skin color or race for once.
It gets exhausting.
However, the difference is that white people can afford to stop dealing with race because they’re white. The minute that a Black person stops trying to deal with race is the moment that we get followed around a store or pulled over and we’re reminded , all over again ,why we can’t just forget about race. I am very sick of talking about race. I wish I could just be me, but in this society, me is defined through the lens of my racial identity. Because that is often the first and only thing people see when they look at me.