LOVE. What is love? Today I have seen a lot of people saying to “choose love, not hate” following the white supremacy event in Charlottesville. People saying that speaking about it and drawing attention to it just fuels it. People saying to choose love and not anger. Perhaps, love looks like a lot of different […]
Thanks for this, Sierra.
To my fellow advocates, activists and feminists who are also white: let’s not fall into the trap of making what happened in Charlottesville about us. It’s not about us. Whatever your initial response to the domestic terrorism which occurred over the past weekend, understand this: this is our America. It has been for centuries. Systemic racism is not a new phenomenon and it is a very real part of the daily lives of minority groups. And we as white people benefit from it in ways we do not even realize.
My advice to you: speak out against hate but please, as you do so, amplify the voices of people who understand systemic racism the best: those it targets. Amplify the voices of people of color. When we talk over them, we perpetuate the problem. Don’t take my word for it. Check out Danielle C. Belton’s piece from The Root, entitled Maybe Now Isn’t the Time, Guys.