Although I'm very white passing I now have trust issues with white people lmao
POC get treated even worse and can't just learn English to get out of it so they have even more of a right to distrust white people. If a POC wanting to have a safe space away from white people offends you maybe you should consider why.
Hint: it's probably racism
Growing up I was mostly friends with POC due to being in ESL (english second language) classes, and the stuff they had to go through *as children* was pretty vile. E.g. my friend getting singled out for her hair being "messy" and white boys making racist jokes at her in class :/ While I was learning English white people started being more and more accepting of me while my POC friends were still being treated like shit.
Now that I'm fluent in English white people think I'm in their "white people club" or something and expect me to agree with their racist/xenophobic bullshit. No thanks :///
If a POC has trouble trusting white people they have a right to. It doesn't matter if "some white people are ok", it's hard to tell which one might turn out to be a literal nazi until it's too late! POC should do what is most safe and comfortable for them. It doesn't matter if white people feel a bit sad about it or whatever. POC safety matters way more than white people tears.
Although I probably have more understanding of xenophobia/racism than the average white person due to being a mixed immigrant, I'm still white passing so some of my observations might not be 100% accurate. So please listen to actual POC!!! Don't wait for a white person to tell you how to feel about racism. There are a lot of POC out there. Just listen to them for once please.
If a POC tells you that something is racist please think instead of going "no but it's not racist because-".
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