I always knew I would never stop learning, but I think this is the most important information I have learned in a long long time.
Here are the numerological lessons we all need to learn as a white, privileged activist.
- You’re gonna get corrected. (Don’t take it personally. Learn from it)
- If it’s not about you, don’t make it about you. If it is about you, do better. (Remember #notallmen? Don’t be that guy. Reversed feminism? No. Just no. Reversed racism? Get the hell off my page.)
- Derailing — stick to the “topic”
- Getting called out. (Again, don’t take it personally. Learn from it)
- Defer to people’s lived experience. (They don’t have to justify their life to you. Ever.)
- Let me Google that for you! (Don’t be lazy, Googling is easy. Don’t expect the answers to be given to you!)
- Privilege and intersectionality. (See image below)
- Yes you can still be racist even if you have a black friend. (Nuff said, and if you can’t understand this, you have a lot of work to do on yourself.)
- Listening and sitting with discomfort. (If you’re on Twitter or Facebook, find some people to follow who are outspoken and who don’t look like you. FOllow them, don’t friend them. Be quiet and listen)
- Nobody owes you courtesy. (See #2 — if it’s not about you, don’t make it about you.)
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Still thinking you’re not racist and have never been racist?
“You probably didn’t get through this without saying “Yes” to at least one of these things, and that’s okay. It doesn’t make you a bad person, it just shows that we are all affected by anti-Black attitudes and teachings in America. If you did get through this without saying yes, remember that it’s not an exhaustive list and getting all nos doesn’t make you immune to anti-Blackness.”