Contemplating "Hypersensitivity in People of Color"
If I slash your arm, then hit the wound with a bat, then dropkick you in that same place with spiked boots, your arm would be a mite “sensitive”, would it not? Sure. Then some time passes, and the wound heals over somewhat, but you still have a bruise and/or scar.
Because my savage assault on your arm was “in the past”, would that make it okay for me to poke you – even ever so gently – right in your fucking wound? Or would that make me a major asshole? And who is wrong in this situation, you for pointing out that “Hey, that still hurts!” or me, for being an insensitive asshole?
Let’s say I bumped into your sore arm by mistake. What would be the right thing to do in that situation? To apologize or to criticize you for being too sensitive?
It’s not that the racism-apologist is incorrect in referring to the person of color as hypersensitive. Certainly we may be, but we are justified in being such, because old wounds – systemic institutional wounds – are slow to heal. And someone being a racist asshole – even if only subtly, “by accident”, or “poking fun” – is still going to hurt.
Godheval, "A Note About Hypersensitivity"