Alert Jeremy Lin, just because you play basketball and “have lots of black friends” doesn’t make you black. Eric Garner was killed for being a black person in this white supremacist country structured around antiblackness and a genocidal assault on black life. That will never be your experience. You and other non black POC need to stop this bullshit of erasing us black folks from our own movements in the midst of our pain in a vapid attempt to “show solidarity.” All you are doing when you erase us and make it seem like your non-black body is also subject to antiblack violence is (surprise) perpetuating antiblackness. You are perpetuating the very violence that killed Eric Garner and gets one of us killed every day. Erasure is always violence and never solidarity.
In short: you aren’t black, you CAN in fact breathe, GTFO.
Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets talks with NBA Legend and former player of the Houston Rockets Yao Ming during the game against the Denver Nuggets on November 16, 2013 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.