We black people need to come to understand and accept a fundamental truth about the collective white American consciousness or psyche.
It doesn’t see black Americans as fully human. Respectability politics won’t change it. It is too ingrained. Over 400 years of deny our humanity in order to justify mistreating us. And we have helped.
We played along, not telling our children our history, as the defenseless ignorant hearts of our heart try to comply with unrealistic standards designed solely to destroy self esteem.
It’s time to get a clue.