Fellow white people: here's the thing.
I’ve seen some shit on my dash and I need to say something.
Everyone understands, or at least SHOULD understand, that white people aren’t necessarily The Enemy and that not all police officers are corrupt. We get that. It’s like White Boys TM, White Girls TM, so on and so forth. The label applies to a very specific set of people who fit a very specific set of criteria within the actual full demographic of white males, females, police officers, etc.
So once you wrap your brain around that, stop talking about it. Ferguson isn’t about Not All Cops, Not All White People. Ferguson isn’t even about POC. Ferguson is EXCLUSIVELY about police brutality against BLACK BODIES and the sheer DISREGARD and DEHUMANIZATION of those BLACK. BODIES.
The acts being carried out against black people in Ferguson are disgusting. If you can read about/watch an unarmed boy being shot, and people being pelleted with rubber bullets and gassed with tear gas, and have ANY portion of your reaction be “but not all white people, not all cops!” you need to sit down and reevaluate your outlook.
This isn’t fucking about us, and don’t you dare MAKE it about us. Don’t you dare make it about anyone else except Michael Brown, Ferguson, and black people. I’m sorry if it upsets you, but the fact is that any demographic outside of the aforementioned are the single least important factor in any discussion about Mike Brown and the Ferguson protests, so just leave it out.
People shouldn’t have to be reminded about these things. The people who need reminding are probably part of the problem. School people when they need schooling. Educate the people who feel the need to turn discussions of black people into discussions about white people. But don’t BE that person.
And while I’m on a semi-related note, quit talking about how protests are fruitless and “hate breeds hate”. Let’s just completely ignore for a moment that most protests in Ferguson have been peaceful with physical violence and rioting being sparked by Ferguson PD, because that’s a whole other can of worms. The end game is that we don’t understand how black people and most specifically the people of Ferguson feel, and we don’t get to tell them how they can react, emotionally and/or physically, to what they are experiencing.
They are more than within their rights to hate the people inflicting all of this upon them, and the social construct creating the environment, and the white people who benefit from that construct while THEY suffer. We don’t get to tell them otherwise. And we don’t get to tell them that violence or radical action isn’t the solution, and passivity is. What would MLK do? Follow MLK’s example? MLK was peaceful in his activism and he STILL got fucking shot in the head. Which says to me, and should say to everyone else, that the “hate breeds hate” attitude is a redundant pacifier from people who are made uncomfortable by radical action. It doesn’t make a damn difference whether you’re a peaceful or radical activist, people are still out to squash you. Just sit on that one for a moment.
Basically this is one giant shout-out to my fellow white people to shut the hell up in spaces where our voices aren’t needed or wanted. This discussion is not about us. Speak when you are asked to speak, and STOP directing discussion towards us. This is not our fight.
(Disclaimer: I’m not trying to speak for black people, and if any of this is problematic please let me know so I can fix it asap. Just trying to collect my people.)