I see it all the time. When an issue comes up within the Black community that highlights intra-group oppression somebody inevitably says: "At the end of the day we're all Black!" to end the conversation. Another popular line is that "Whites see us all the same!"
Not only is it NOT true that whites see us all the same. But more importantly, it's true that we don't even see each other in the same way. Intra-group oppression exists and is real. Colorism, heterosexism, transphobia, classism, and sexism are real in our communities and it impacts the way we navigate our lives.
We're all Black but Black men are treated differently than Black women. We're all Black but dark skinned people are treated differently than light skinned people. We're all Black but heterosexual Black folks are treated differently than LGBTQIA Black folks. We're all Black but poor Black folks are treated differently than the middle class.
So when "we're all Black" is used as a conversation finisher it perpetuates systematic inequality and oppression. It's not unlike how these same Black folks wouldn't like it and would consider it a micro-aggression if a white person said: "At the end of the day we all bleed red!" to avoid discussing white privilege and racism.
excerpt from "We're All Black" Is Not the End of the Conversation!" @One Black Girl. Many Words.
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