possibilities October 21, 2016 Share October 21, 2016 I'm astounded that so many people are so upset and angry about how Yvette spoke to Rebecca. All she said is that she knew who Rebecca was, that they all notice. I didn't even think it was that snarky; I thought it was giving Rebecca the awareness that they notice-- and moreover that they care and want to know her. White people often have way less awareness about being watched than Black people in this country. Of course the local community notices. And yes, maybe Yvette was a little disappointed and put off, wondering why Rebecca had not introduced herself-- and why Randall was not allowed to stay even after Yvette reassured her that it was OK, and Rebecca knew he was not drowned or kidnapped or in any other danger. But despite Rebecca not returning the friendliness and being relieved that Randall had some friends and that the other mother was welcoming to him, and she continued to snub Yvette and the other Black moms and not want to know them, I still didn't think Yvette was coming across extremely hostile or out of line. She was put off, but that seems totally fair to me. Imagine it from her point of view. I think there is a filter being put over Yvette's behavior that defaults to an interpretation that "she should stay in her place" and totally supports what Randall has been saying about the double standard, how he can never get angry, how people assume the worst and lack empathy or understanding of his position, and even when he's right, he has to be grateful and apologetic and never let anyone see how it feels. 15 Link to comment
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