Even if they fully studied black history, culture, lived in a predominantly black neighborhood, maybe even raised in a black household, studied psychological and sociological ramifications of beinga black person, they still w=could never fully understand being a black person is like in the world as a white person?
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I can empathize all day with someone who was raped, but I'll never know what it was like. I can empathize all day with someone who was beaten, I will never know what it was like. I can empathize with the people all day long, but that doesn't mean I know what it's like to be in their shoes.
That being said, black people and white people and every other group in between have so much in common that they can both feel. Ex) the struggles of being a minority-all minorities could feel that. the struggles of being poor-all poor people could feel that. The struggles of being blind-all blind people could feel that.
But there are limits like I said, I will never know what it's like to be Asian in the US. Just like someone who isn't like me, would never know 100% what it's like to be like me.
I think a lot of times people try to use empathy to say "I understand your struggle 100% and I feel you because I'm feeling what you felt in my mind." To me, that's off, it doesn't quite sit right. If I said that to a rape survivor I would be in the wrong.
Empathy is powerful, and my goal isn't to force people to see that I get what they feel, it's simply to resonate with it and work together. I don't want to proclaim "I know what it's like to be Asian because I'm such an awesome deep empathizing person", rather, I just want to work together and have people realize "I see your struggle, I'm trying to put myself in your shoes, let's work together"1