Because everything a person of color does is done while knowing they are not part of normative white culture. We have to think about everything we do and every word we say. Am I saying this too loudly? Do I look like I might be stealing? If I complain about these working conditions, will they call me lazy? Why did this teacher tell me I can’t be an engineer when I’ve got a 3.8 GPA? Why am I being pulled over when I did nothing wrong?
…and still despite the obvious faults in reasons and lack of logic when coupled with our intercultural pronouncements of progress the simply truth remains; on any given day we could find ourselves right back on that slaughter house floor being bought and sold per pound of flesh~