when men dress up as women or white people wear hijabs or darken their skin in order to “see how hard it is,” they’re simply admitting that they believe those members of those groups are untrustworthy to the point that they can’t honestly relay the reality of their own experiences.
i’m not trying to say that brown-facing or cultural appropriation is okay, but i think you missed the point? it has less to do with “not believing the struggle” and more to do with not being able to really empathize. its one thing to feel bad for
someone or read about an issue, but it’s another entirely to experience it first hand.