The idea that extending our hands in love will end racism is absurd...
Sure, if you’re a Christian or pacifist or an ethical person or someone who believes hate is counter-productive or unhealthy or believe that extending your hand in love is simply the right thing to do… you probably should do just that.
I encourage you to do that.
By all means, do that.
Don’t let the hatred of others cause you to abandon your principles.
Don’t let me stop you.
Don’t let anyone stop you.
But the idea that it will necessarily end racism is absurd. That shouldn’t be your motive. Because if it is, then you’ll be disappointed if and when it doesn’t always work.
It wreaks of another form of respectability politics.
Similar to the, “How will Whites respect us if we don’t respect each other?”
You shouldn’t respect each other as a means to get White respect.
You should respect each other because you CARE about each other.
Because it’s the right thing to do.
Beginning and end of it.