First off, sorry you had to deal with such undeserved chaos.

Secondly, stories like this only help to discourage me from talking about contentious topics such as race on any social media platform. As you’ve detailed here, the foot soldiers of whiteness act en masse to suppress, silence, and terrorize anyone or anything that threatens their fragile reality.

Pointing out a contradiction means you are a threat, no matter how benign your delivery or casual your intentions. Anyone can be a target at any time, the vectors of suppression being these rabid mobs or the paternalistic words of a moderate.

All this to say, existing as a person of color is difficult to start. Existing as a POC on the internet, where you are opened up to violence that is harder to adequately manifest in the physical sense. Both the former and latter terrify me.

Thanks for reading.

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Big haired #Leo who writes about existing as a Queer POC in America. Louisiana Creole. New Orleans. I’m the dramatic southern belle your parents love!

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Joseph Coco

Big haired #Leo who writes about existing as a Queer POC in America. Louisiana Creole. New Orleans. I’m the dramatic southern belle your parents love!