Dear Shannon, I am Womanist. As such, I have no idea who Neil deGrasse Tyson is. No, I’m not a shut in. I’m simply not a liberal White middle class American. I’m writing because you share my publisher,, with your assumptions that White Americans are humans, and that liberal White Americans are half of humanity. As such, you are oblivious to the fact that African American and other of-Color women can literally be raped legally by massa 150 years after the Civil War. In this condition, they hardly have time to figure out who is Neil deGrasse Tyson. White Americans are 3% of humanity, and every time y’all speak, you speak as if you are coming from the experience of all humankind. Liberal White Americans are 1% of humanity. In this condition, your best bet is to not judge me for having no clue who is Neil deGrasse Tyson. Your best bet is to join that minority of White Americans who are trying to be human, i.e., internationalists, and learn about what is important to the rest of us, 97% of humankind.

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