When many white folk disagree, or feel uncomfortable, they get up and walk out of the room. Black folk and other people of color rarely exercise that option. We don't usually believe that doing so would solve anything. We don't trust that once we leave the room the right thing will be done. Plus we've fought so hard to get into most rooms that a little discomfort is hardly a reason to drive us from the premises. Such rooms likely affect our destinies, something that many white folk needn't worry about, because they have access to so many other rooms just like the ones they are leaving.
-- Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop, p. 98-99