This is required reading for my fellow white women out there. And for everyone else, it's highly recommended just for the writing alone. It is beautiful.
By Aisha Mirza:
White Women Drive Me Crazy
Yesterday I stepped on a white woman’s yoga mat by accident and she looked at me like she had woken up to me standing at the foot of her bed, like I had just suggested we murder her husband and run away together. She looked at me like I had escaped from a zoo, like a hippo had found its way into this Brooklyn yoga studio and was casually waiting for the 8 a.m. class to begin. She looked scared, like she had just found out that the world really did end in 2012, and she had been going to yoga three times a week since then for no reason, because she is actually a ghost.
She looked at me like I did not exist in her world; but here I was, and she did not know what to do with me.
Hilarious. Poetic. Hard-hitting, right in the gut. And deeply informative for white women. We need to think hard and frequently about how we're hurting women of color, even when we think we're helping.
I insist you click through and read the entire thing. It's so. well. written.