Remember us? The two happy black queens you saw on the Uptown 6 Train? Hello again. This is the picture that we took right before you got on the train; happy and carefree, until you sat down next to us.
My roommate and I were on our way to edit our Anti-Trump Rally coverage and we were excited about how our project was going to shed light on the unity of the rally. You walked onto the train, one stop before ours, and the first thing you asked us when sitting next to us (when the car was practically empty) was if we had a joint. We didn't think anything of it, answered "no" politely, and then you asked us if we masterbated. And, if that wasn't enough, you continued to harass us by calling us "niggers" and told us that you hated us, our hair, and how our hair betrays us (whatever that means).
Now, I know that you're just now deciding to grow a pair and express how much of a disgusting human being you are because of recent unfortunate events, but how dare you?! You are a true example of how many steps backwards our country has made, but you're not the only one.
Since Donald Trump became our new President Elect, hate and harassment incidents have spiked at an ultimate high. According to CBS News, there have been over 700 cases of hateful harassment since the election. These cases have ranged from hateful/racist graffiti, physical violence, and' or hateful/racist speech, which you participated in with us.
Living in New York City, people wouldn't think that these kind of things happen; I honestly didn't either, but it does and it's a real problem in this world that we try to bury under the rug. I never thought that I'd have to worry about what my grandparents had to endure back in the day because of where I live and the time that we're in. It was such a crazy experience and took me aback because this is reality.
I didn't respond to it in a negative way or "clapped back" at you because that's probably what you wanted us to do. Instead, I knew that I had to share my experience and shed a positive light to such a negatively dark situation.
Every human being seriously needs to pray for this country, this world, and the hearts of others, including ourselves. If it wasn't blatantly real to some people before, it should be waking people up now.
This is happening to people all around the world, whether it be the color of their skin, religion, gender, etc., and everyone needs to come together and stop ignorant people like you from dividing us.
To those who have dealt with harassment recently because of who you are and what you look like, keep smiling. You are beautiful, you are loved, and you ARE extremely important. To those who haven't and probably won't experience something that could be as traumatizing as what my roommate and I experienced, use your voice. Speak out and defend your fellow brothers and sisters no matter how different they are. To everyone, use your voice for good, not evil. We are so much better together than divided.
So, thank you man on the Uptown 6 train for giving me a story to tell. Thank you for being another example of how people need to wake up and make positive change in themselves and in the world. Because of you, I will NOT stop spreading love and peace to everyone everywhere.