We don’t want to hear “I can’t think this.”
I really want you to see through to the history you’ve had the privilege to ignore.
We don’t wish your viewpoints or ideas.
You are wanted by me to be controlled by the Black experiences you’ve plumped for to forget.
We don’t desire your #BLM Instagram tale reposts.
I would like screenshots of the bail out cash contributions and patronage of Ebony labor/art/knowledge.
We don’t desire your twitter that is passive likes.
You are wanted by me to adhere to Ebony tragedies just as much as you follow Ebony styles.
We don’t want to vindicate your white shame. It’s yours to reconcile.
I would like you to check on your racist parents and call down your apathetic white buddies (especially whenever there are no folks of color here) without anticipating a pat regarding the straight back.
We don’t desire your tears. We have a lot of those.
I really want you to check on in on your own Black family members and respect our emotional/physical boundaries.
I don’t want to decrease the adversity you’ve faced from facets of your identity.
I’d like you to acknowledge your life is a lot easier because you’re white. I really want you to definitely acknowledge that you’d never ever decide to get a Black person— since you understand your daily life will be harder.
We don’t desire you become “a good white.”
I’d like your activism become and criticized by Black individuals. You are wanted by me to develop from your own errors so we could develop being a country.
We don’t desire your out-of-context MLK quotes on perpetual pacifism.
I really want you to definitely observe that the only distinction between The Boston Tea Party “protestors” plus the Stonewall, Watts, and Rodney King “riots” may be the previous had been white additionally the latter had been Black. I really want you become disobedient to signal the necessity for modification and destroy the systems that are oppressive prompt you to comfortable and powerful.
We don’t desire you to utilize general public demonstrations as a chance to part play The Purge or satisfy your Joker dreams.
I would like you to utilize your white human body to shield brown demonstrators from tear gasoline and bullets.
We don’t wish peace.
We don’t would like you to show that“not racist that is you’re.”
I would like you to understand that you’re the byproduct of a fruitful regime that is racist has capitalized down of Black oppression and suppression for hundreds of years. I really want you to comprehend that being racist is much more American than apple cake.
We don’t desire you to definitely feel relaxed.
You are wanted by me to have a look at your self. You are wanted by me to shed light regarding the corners of one’s subconscious you’ve glossed over for decades. I would like you to understand that you’re racist as you have become taught to be so, and it also’s within your capacity to be anti-racist.
We don’t want my energy become praised.
I really want you to respect the breadth of my emotions. I’d like room to digest and acknowledge my grief.
We don’t want to reduce your attention.
You are wanted by me to keep in mind Tony McDade during Pride. I’d like you to consider Ahmaud Abrey during Independence Day. I really want you to consider George Floyd once you vote in November. You are wanted by me to keep in mind Amy Cooper at your Christmas time supper. You are wanted by me to keep in mind Breonna Taylor once you hear a knock on your own home. I really want you to keep in mind Trayvon Martin every right time you notice a bag of Skittles. I would like you to understand that this reconditioning is a required lifelong undertaking.
We don’t would like you to be an ally in my situation or various other Ebony individual that you know.