In which I deleted them, because fuck it, amirite?
I live in Minneapolis. People get shot and killed by cops here.
The other day, a white woman got shot and killed by a black cop. The mayor’s tweeted concern and calls to action several times since.
Out of curiosity I did a couple of searches, and the mayor doesn’t seem to tweet much, or perhaps even at all, when black men get shot and killed by cops.
So I tweeted about it.
And two white men responded, one telling me I’m “an idiot” and the other that it “isn’t about race.”
Now, white men are okay. I live with one. My brother’s one, my dad’s one, and so on.
But what the actual fuck, dudes? The mayor has tweeted repeatedly about this dead Australian woman, but even after several searches I find no evidence of similar concern about the black males cops kill around here, so, yeah it looks like racism.
I responded to each of them. Told the first one I was talking specifically about the mayoral response, and not the press or protesters, so maybe he was, in fact, the idiot. Told the second one it looks, even if unintentionally, exactly like racism.
And then a few minutes later I deleted all three tweets, because, seriously, fuck it.
I mean, I’m not one to get pissed off at the way men sit, and I’m all for stereotypes because they’re often useful and/or funny and/or both, so while I rarely call male behavior “mansplaining,” I’m not against it in theory.
So, yeah, I got mansplained today! Because an overwhelmingly concerned response about a dead white woman shot by a black cop. and a ringing absence of concern about several dead black males shot by white cops does, well, I don’t know, look just like racism.
Now, if I just suck at searches, and the mayor does respond with warmth and concern for all shooting victims, I totally stand corrected.