Katy Perry. You don't get to slap me in the face and tell me not to clap back.
I took this photo of this brother playing the piano at Brooklyn Pride. We noticed that he is playing in front of Maryland's state flag. The red and white represent the confederacy, while the yellow and black represent The Union.
Maryland just sued the president of the United States for violating the constitution while honoring the losers of the Civil War in its state flag since 1880. Even though Maryland was a member of the Union, several constituents supported leaving and fought for the Confederacy. It is said this flag design "honors" that history.
As monuments of the treasonous Robert E. Lee are being removed from safe spaces into museums that are designed to discuss the ugly parts of our history, white fragility has stood up and demanded that people who committed acts of violence against our country be honored. That we make space on our flag for hatred. That we make space on our flag for physical violence from those that want to keep us enslaved.
Then, Katy Perry had the nerve to say that she can hurt us, mock us, demean us, rob us, cheat us, slap us in the face, and if we wanted her to understand how she was violent we had to be soft with her and hold her in order to teach her what she did was wrong. No, Katy. We will not make space for your hatred. We will not make space for your violence. You too will be removed to the land of irrelevance.
Making space for white fragility is making space for war. Saying, "I will be sensitive to your white fragility," is saying, "I will be sensitive to your lashes to my back."
These events are not happening in isolation. White fragility is the descendant of the confederacy. If we continue to make space for white fragility, the confederacy will never accept its loss.