Ms. Hennings,

As a person of color, I doubt that the white people voting for Trump really care what I think or whether or not I feel they should feel guilty: the people who are voting for Trump are going to vote for Trump.

You may disagree with me, but I believe your point misses mine. My perspective is not whether I can say or do something that will or will not make white people angry or accepting of my position. Your statement implies that my focus is on what white people may think of my stance.

That is inaccurate. I believe my stance has independent value regardless of the way in which white people will receive it.

Let me rephrase: if we decide what to say or write based on how white people will vote, we won’t be able to speak truth to power. That’s because white people are determinedly focused on NOT feeling guilty despite being the recipients, to this day, of myriad privileges.

This reproduces white supremacy by, once again, focusing on white people and implying that POC’s should tailor their words — essentially snipping out any truths — because white people might not do the right thing and might resort to voting for Trump.

Here’s my advice: if you think Trump is a bad president, don’t vote for him regardless of what POC’s may be stating about their oppression.

Why would whether or not Trump wins have to do with whether or not I tell the truth?

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