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5'7'' Black Male @absurdistwords
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And lots of cops who engage in anti-Black oppression are Black.

What kind of kindergarten level understanding of racism are you working with here?
Lemme explain this shit right quick.

When one group is dominant over another and seeks to solidify that dominance through power they did so by gatekeeping resources, dignity and respect.

It will allow members of the non dominant group to succeed on a very narrow path
Those people allowed to succeed through assimilation are told that they succeeded because they did everything right.

They are also told that those who did things "wrong" are jeopardizing the acceptance of those who did things "right"
The very nature of assimilation is for the dominant group to move people from the "them" side of the ledger to the "us*" side of the ledger

*Note: "Us" is only a permanent state for members of the dominant group. The assimilated can always become "them" again in a moment.
So the dominant group tells the assimilates "The unassimilates amongst you are jeopardizing your status. If you want to continue enjoying the acceptance you experience, handle them"

Doing so usually means standing with the dominant group against your former people
In these situations the dominant group watches the assimilates closely for any signs they are being soft or overly sympathetic to their own people and penalIzes them if it occurs.

The desire to avoid this means the assimilated frequently overcompensate.
In the meantime, the dominant group then uses the behavior of the assimilated as proof that their actions weren't oppressive or bigoted at all. Because :: drum roll ::

"They're doing it to to their own people"
The dominant culture erects many hoops for potential assimilates to jump through. This essentially is hazing.

The purpose of hazing is to raise the cost of entry to a group such that the person internalizes membership

"I wouldn't have gone through that if it wasn't worth it"
The process of assimilation hazing also triggers loss avoidance using the Sunk Costs fallacy.

"I have to be loyal to and defensive of the dominant group I joined or else all that work and pain was for nothing."
Our immigration process, likewise is long, grueling, and costly.

For those who made it through all the hoops, it is easier to resent those who seem to get in without the same work.

Nobody likes line jumpers.

But like most exclusive clubs, the line is mostly for show.
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