The summer after my freshman year, the KKK dropped off pamphlets in front of our homes. This was the first out of three times we received something from the Klan.
My housemate and I were both very terrified, as we are both women of color. We took a picture and dropped it in our GroupMe to alert other students and to figure out the next steps to ensure our safety. An older, white female student dismissed our concerns and included that “they do this every year.”
In a single message she not only normalized the actions of a dangerous, racist organization, but also shut down the concerns of people who are targeted by this group.
What hurt more was that there were people defending her and gaslighting us, saying that there was nothing to be scared of because it had happened in the past. They told us what and what not to be afraid of without listening to us.