A White Woman's Tears

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic


She needed a safe haven after spilling her conjured and treasured, “white woman’s tears”. There was no physical place to go as quickly as she needed that was this serene, beautiful, or secluded. She took a shallow inhale, then a deep exhale and there she was. Free of accountability, personal responsibility and most importantly free from the spiteful glare of the Black woman on the other side of the table. Here, at the top of this mountain, covered with the shed blood of the many black men, women, and children that she tells herself is a blanket, there was no need to face the reality of being a white woman in America. Here all was well.  

She wondered how long she could stay there before bringing herself back to the reality of her banal day job as the office receptionist. She was not cut out to do the work. She was slow, unenthusiastic, and lacking in motivation. But a friend of a friend secured this job for her she desperately needed. Bianca was too hard on her she thought. She made too many requests and showered her with too many demands. And to make matters worse, she walked around like she was Black Royalty. She was certainly no Oprah or Michelle Obama. True, she had fucked up royally. But Bianca had no right to speak to her that way. Requesting this meeting with HR would teach Bianca a valuable lesson. And crying would seal the deal. The scale needed to be brought back to balance.

She sat there; wind wisping through her hair, gazing at the purity of the whitewashed world she both created and lives in, with the wandering thought of where her conjured and treasured “white woman tears” will take her next.


Submitted: June 22, 2021

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