I’d just like to ask people to keep in mind that while discussing race, racism, gender or law that: not everything is about the USA, it’s people and it’s history. Some (most) discussions are, but some are not and that is ok.
You may be a minority of a race, gender, country, law system or some other which is actively or passively oppressed but that does not give you the right to silence others who suffer and demand they play in the oppression Olympics. MANY oppressed people don’t get voices at all in the West and are completely ignored because they are not Americans or the “right” PoC, and that is not on, by anyone. Ever. It’s a good thing to think about, talk about and criticize the way things currently are and look at intersectionality but sometimes your voices are not important to the conversation- and that is ok.
I just saw someone try and shut down an Indigenous Australian from feminist discussion which started out as her telling her story, and heard her be told that she knew nothing about race/racism because “her tribe” were not slaves, she wasn’t a “real PoC”, and that her experiences and voice on gender/race weren’t important because of that.
I should not have to explain how that is wrong on every level and it’s something I’d like you to consider next time you enter into a conversation about race, gender, law, politics etc and you most likely automatically assume it’s a conversation about the USA, it’s peoples and its history.