I’ve finally come to terms with it. For the first time in my life I was too humiliated, embarrassed and stunned to talk about this. I think I might have been in denial about actually being embarrassed, anyone that really knows me is aware of my high tolerance for embarrassing situations. But this…
Everyone should read this.
I don’t mean to trivialize the fact that a person of color was stoned or sound like my white privilege is going unchecked, but I couldn’t help but relate to those feelings of embarrassment and helplessness.
I’ve been cat called in that parking lot and on the Corner more times than I can count. I’ve had things thrown at me while being called ‘pretty lady’. I’ve had people put their hands on me. I’ve never been called a Turk but I have been called every iteration of ‘baby’, ‘sweetheart’, and ‘beautiful’ with the tone of someone who wants to eat me for dinner. And it happens over and over and over. Because it’s totally fine to commodify a human with total disregard to how you’re making them feel. Because what do you say to someone who is calling you ‘beautiful’? This shit is not okay.