Invoking the name of a free black man who was sold into slavery and who escaped back again has many pithy uses. I do not propose a flattening of history or trivializing of the horrors which were so common as to be quotidian; moreover, how does one accurately describe the horrific when it ceases to be unusual and is instead an accepted state of affairs?
We, Blacks, the Roma, Jews, and First Nations Brothers and Sisters--and any people who have had to negotiate systematic oppression--learn to laugh to keep from crying. This is a necessary survival skill.
Life is a journey of the mundane and the repetitious punctuated by periodic moments of absurdity.
To the latter, I encountered a bit of it early this week, when I was threatened with arrest for having the hubris to request that my food be reheated while eating at a self-consciously mid-tier restaurant which felons and ex-cons dream of, where upon release they will gorge on a celebratory meal.
Yes, I will soon share details of what occurred once some matters are sorted out.
[And to she, the wicked crone who transgressed me, quoting the talented and indispensable wordsmith WWE wrestler Mr. Mark Henry, do I look like I got Kool-Aid for blood? Consequences. There will be consequences. I will revel in them.]
Am I crazy? Am I being overly sensitive? Am I imagining things? These are questions that come from life as a person, in a society that is supposedly "color blind", but where racism has evolved to hide itself, and its owners/perpetrators have refined a language of "white victimhood" and the oxymoron myth that is "reverse racism".
Navigating such encounters are exhausting--if you let them get to you. Moreover, one can so easily fall prey and get lost in the maze that is trying to understand other people's behavior.
Consider the following question(s)...and its many permutations. Is said person just shitty, mean, and incompetent? Or is said person shitty, mean, and incompetent--and their shittiness, meanness, and incompetence are encouraged and exaggerated because I am a person of color?
I am very curious about your life strategies and rubrics for such scenarios.