i was asked why i smile at black people when i see them on the street
"it’s not really anything other than that only black people smile at me. most white people act like they can’t see me. i’ve had grown white men let doors slam in my face or see me struggling with things in my hands and ignored me. look me dead in my face and let the door slam. i’ve had white women stare at my hair, and look at me but never in a nice way. it’s creepy.
black people see another black person and it just feels good to see a smiling face. older black people will tell me “good morning” when they see me walking to school. a black man will say “sister can i help you with your bags?” a black woman will say “gurl your hair is FIERCE”
so i smile to black people because they smile at me and it’s just become a habit. white folk don’t give me that kind of pleasantry”