Many young teenagers are posting clips of themselves venting about the arguments they have with their families and parents.
You may find it extremely tough to express what it's like to have different, more progressive opinions regarding the Black Lives Matter movement than your parents. While some of these arguments end in loud declarations of disagreements, many leave you feeling spent, angry, and deeply upset. It's especially troubling because most of us never had the proper access to a platform where we could process our emotions but looks like some young while people have found a way to do it. Taking to the video-sharing platform TikTok, many young teenagers are posting clips of themselves venting about the arguments they have with their families and parents.
Yo, but shout out to her for rejecting that racist ideology; being smart enough to say “Nah, this isn’t moral, ethical, righteous, or even logical”. We need more White people to think critically anout the generational racism they inherit/absorb/learn. Blind belief powers evil.— Umohowet Yelayu (@yelayu) June 2, 2020
TikTok user Izabellemiletello is one of many who has been voicing her frustrations. In one of her recent videos, a visibly disturbed Izabelle can be witnessed crying. Referring to the recent killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of a white police officer, she states, "I literally hate my family so much. It's just... They just tried to argue with me that George Floyd, he deserved [to be murdered] because he did something wrong. Continuing to sob, the teen says, "It is not okay. It's just making me so upset. I don't know why. I do not wanna live here. I hate living in Louisiana, I hate living with these racist f*cks. I just wanna leave." The clip ends there.
Here’s the TikTok video I’m referencing. pic.twitter.com/8xKZjzpReK— safy (@SafyHallanFarah) June 2, 2020
Soon, Izabellemiletello's video reached Twitter user safy, who shared it on the social media platform. She captioned it: My sister sent me a TikTok of a white girl crying about her parents saying George Floyd deserved to die, tearfully disowning them. There’s a whole genre of white gen Z kids processing in real-time what’s new information to them (but not us), that their parents are sociopaths. In no time, the clip when viral as it resonated on a deep level with people who have undergone similar experiences with their own parents and families. Responding to Safy's post, many Twitter users shared what their childhoods were like growing up with racist families and communities.
Being told my entire life I’d be a disgrace to my entire family if I were a liberal is what kept me so conflicted and confused about my beliefs for so long. This shit is so damaging.— Justice for George Floyd (@kris__mae) June 2, 2020
One user wrote: My dad told me he doesn't like my friend bc "people with black skin are evil" n when i told him he's racist he just said "if you think i'm the bad person now don't come crying at me when ur older and he beat you up" wow racist AND gaslighting how lovely. Another shared: To be fair, some of our parents raised us to love our neighbors, respect each other, have compassion, etc. Only later when we applied those same values to EVERYONE, including other races, sexual orientations, etc did we finally see their true colors. There was another user who deeply related to the girl in the video: I was born and raised in Louisiana and knew she had to be from there the minute she started talking - THIS is why left when I was 25 and refused to raise my children there. I’m almost 50 and feel this girl’s pain bc I lived it as well. It’s so hard but she’s doing it!!
There are a lot of white parents out there who love white supremacy more than they love their children.— Lauren O'Neal, Antifascist (@laureneoneal) June 2, 2020
Some might label the teen's video as performative activism, but the pain of debating someone's humanity with people you are forced to live with is very much real. It doesn't matter how you choose to express your emotions, but it important that you find a means to process it. The fact that young people are ready to stand up against people who are comfortable defending the perpetrators of injustice even if they happen to be their parents is quite heartening.