Racist insults leave you feeling dirty because, even at five years old, we already know
on some level that, in this society at least, we are indeed lesser citizens with all
the baggage of racialised history following us ghost-like about our days. We are
conquered people living in the conquerors’ land, and as such we are people
without honour. At five years old we are already conscious of the offence caused
by our black body turning up in the wrong space, and have begun to internalise
the negative ideas about blackness so present in the culture.
― Akala, Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire