This happens to me quite often, so I decided to share it. I was sitting next to this lady with a young toddler in the airport, and the kid keeps coming to me to play, he’s cracking up having a ball, while I’m just sitting there straight faced not saying or doing anything, but he’s having the time of his life. I assume it’s because I look like the real live version of one of his favorite morning cartoon characters. This kid had amazing energy and the Mother was clearly running out of patience, trying to keep him from bothering me. I’m not saying I’m always like this, but this time I wasn’t bothered and I said, “He’s fine.” When he came over to hang out with me, I could tell she could use a break, and I also understand she didn’t want to be bothersome. Is it out of line for you to hold strangers kids?
Silence really speaks volumes, but I don’t really trust anything. Colin Kaepernick begins his style of protesting, and strong feelings are felt on both sides. There’s people in disbelief that black people are treated differently from other US citizens, and then barely two games into the season two more black men are murdered at the hands of the police. The timing is too coincidental and overbearingly numbing. It feels like a narrative that’s being created by something using low mental capacity as pawns. I’m far from a conspiracy theorists, I’m just an observer of life, and all this feels designed, orchestrated, and terrifying for black skin.
I’m mad at the lady from Delta who told me my carry-on bag wasn’t gonna fit. I knew it would fit b/c I was counting how many people were bringing on bags, and I just knew it. I allow them to take it from me b/c I don’t want to be a problem being black and all, and then I get on the flight and there’s all kinds of open bins. Now I’m heated, but I’m not gonna express my anger b/c the most important part is the safety of the flight. To be honest, I think Delta is up to something sneaky. They’ve done this to me twice in my last three flights, but whatever.