Unfortunately, that wasn’t the first or last awkward date I’ve had with a white man.
I wish I could say that I’m surprised and appalled by the ignorance that white men tend to show when they approach me, but I’ve come to expect it.
”Against my better judgment, I assumed that the wingman just wasn’t very good at his job and started talking to his friend anyway.
We ended up hitting it off, but it wasn’t until our first date that I realized I had underestimated the wingman’s abilities.
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White men navigate society with relative ease while black women are teetering on the precarious margins of race and gender that they do not have the privilege to ignore.
This is not a game to us, nor is it something we can ignore.
Our race and gender affects the way we carry ourselves, and this uncomfortable mindfulness is something that white men simply cannot relate to.
While it may be hard for two people from widely different intersections of race and gender to understand each other, it’s not impossible once the more privileged party (in this case, the white guy) is able to recognize their shortcomings and how the intersections of race and gender affect every aspect of a black woman’s life.