Yesterday Dr. Isis put up a post that seems to have bugged many of the people who subsequently posted comments on it.
I have no idea whether the commenters on the post intended to convey it, but here’s what’s coming across to me as a reader of the exchange:
Dr. Isis notes something that makes her (as a self-identified brown person) feel uncomfortable.
A whole bunch of self-identified white people turn up to say, “The reverse situation has happened to me, and it doesn’t make me uncomfortable at all. Stop being so sensitive.”
Or, “It would take too many words to accomplish the same identification of a black or brown person in a way that wouldn’t make you uncomfortable. Stop being so sensitive.”
Or, “Girl, with ankles that pale you could clearly pass for white, and in so doing free yourself from discomfort when other white folks identify brown and black people in the way that currently makes you uncomfortable. Please do so, so that you will be on our side and stop giving us a hard time about talking how we want to talk amongst ourselves.”
Possibly I am missing some nuance in the comments in this thread. But possibly there are commenters participating in the exchange who are missing something, too.