I tweeted about going to Walmart 1/mth for essentials, & doing the rest of my shopping online.

I got a reply from a woman about how horrible Walmart is & how their workers are nothing more than slaves.

I believe her intentions were good & she thought she was being helpful.
This is a reply to the reply to my tweet by Sapphire Stevens.

"Wonder Woman: As BF descendant of enslaved ppl, urge u to STOP comparing Walmart or any jobs to SLAVERY
Whether u assertion is true/false, everyone working there does so VOLUNTARILY. They have FREEDOM, paid. Not beaten, starved, RAPED, HUNG or have babies ripped away + SOLDπŸ‘©πŸΎβ€πŸ¦³πŸ™πŸΎπŸ˜’"
More thought must be given when comparing the way people are treated today with the treatment of the victims of slavery. The way I see the issue is that comparing people who may not get paid what they truly deserve or may not get sick days they truly deserve or proper vacation
time to those who were beaten, hung, raped, whipped, had their children stolen from them, were sold like cattle, families torn apart and other horrors we as white people cannot even imagine, is not only incomparable, it is hurtful for the descendents of the victims of slavery and
reinforces the idea that we, as white people, still don't get it.

I considered apologizing, in case I was speaking out of turn & some felt I have no right to speak as if I understand the pain it causes descendents even all these years later. I don't understand. I cannot
possibly understand, but I can empathize and I am trying to understand, even if it is not within my capabilities because I am not descended from slaves. I didn't see the systemic racism in this country until these past 4 years and for that, I do apologize.
In the end, after thinking about it, I decided I am not going to apologize for this tweet. Whether I can understand the pain or not, more white people need to talk about this. More white people need to apologize. I hope we do.

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