Apparently, apart from blatant racism which is alive and kicking despite what Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi advert may have misled you into thinking, there’s also ‘white tears’.
What’s white tears? Kelechi Okafor, a dance instructor and actress defines it as an attack on black women by white women when they (white women) resort to using tears to get their way. The idea is that black women are more aggressive, therefore they must be the ones who hurt the white women.
But how manipulative is this, though? Kelechi relays her experience:
Last night, a WW who attends my class, tried to use white tears to attack me.
I didn't let it happen.
— Kelechi Okafor (@kelechnekoff) April 8, 2017
& this is exactly how you treat a child when they throw a tantrum… except this was a grown ass woman ?smh https://t.co/lsHN1yxBcK
— Qwėėn ❄️ (@infatuatedd_) April 8, 2017
That dynamic is so unsettling.
The way even as victims, we're supposed to coddle whiteness and it's perpetual state of infancy…smh
— Cali ?? (@Caligraphist) April 8, 2017
Good for @kelechnekoff ! Privileged people love to use passive aggressive behavior against marginalized groups
— Irish In Slope ? (@IrishInSlope) April 8, 2017
School of African dance in… the Netherlands??? Elemayeoh https://t.co/j9MsAjiL2R
— Bliss (@Chuck_mate_) April 8, 2017
This article is so on point about this issue. I can't figure out how to send it via twitter but I can email it or its on Google pic.twitter.com/GlF5IK7gr5
— Lupita Dbomb'doe (@TaiwoTribulates) April 8, 2017
I am actually amazed she started crying, that's emotional terrorism ? well done for keeping your cool !
— KP (@CaptainKP) April 8, 2017
This thread is fabulous. I've seen this happen to various members of my family in their various fields. It's not okay https://t.co/1FemVIUZnN
— Little Great Britain (@DarthJada_) April 8, 2017
come through, go off and stand in that truth ? she tried it. I love when it backfires on them.
— Professor Zeke ?? (@aChildOf2Worlds) April 8, 2017
As if we haven't been clocking on to their shit for years. Oya go ahead, cry. I'll evaporate the tears and keep the salt for seasoning. ??? https://t.co/91YfKJLNaf
— Manjaco Mami ???? (@ImpassionedDias) April 8, 2017
my 10 year old daughter stomps around like that, I ignore her too. Nonsense. Good riddance for you & the rest of the class ??
— Jen Wells (@jenwells) April 8, 2017
I know where this starts. In Kinder. I don't allow it. If you are crying for attention you can just keep on, because you are getting any.
— Kristina (@maytagsmom) April 8, 2017
As a black woman, sometimes all you gotta do is sneeze, and some other woman gonna start crying saying you intimidating her
— Michaela Coel (@MichaelaCoel) April 8, 2017