"Dealing with racism regularly entails an array of other psychological costs as well. For example, a rather vigilant, cautious, and defensive approach to life is usually necessary. Some psychologists have pointed out that to survive everyday racism a Black person has to view every white person as “a potential enemy unless he personally finds out differently."
Joe Feagin (via wretchedoftheearth)
Because every white person is suspect because even the ‘nicest of the nice’ white person can be a ginormous racist and Black people literally HAVE NO CLUE when or where or how that racism will come out. And we have to be on alert AT ALL TIMES. And that takes a hell of a lot of mental energy.