- June 21, 2020
- Posted by: Irma McClaurin
- Category: Black Lives Matter, Blog
Dear White people. We get it. You’re mad. However, your new level of indignation is no equal to our anger. Black people have been this mad for 400 years. You have been this mad for a month.
Yesterday, I received an email in which a senior white man administrator at a major university wrote me that he was “afraid.”
I had to respond -“what do you, as a white man, have to fear?” He responded with an apology that he was afraid for people he loved — but I was not seeing any #Blackpeople or nonwhite people in his immediate #rolodexofinequality.
So #whitepeople, STOP IT. STOP making this moment of #blackrage & #blackuprising about you — your feelings, your fears, your guilt, your sudden devotion to #BlackLivesMatter, your desire for Black approval that you marched, signed a petition, told your racist family member or colleague to go to hell after decades of tolerating racist remarks, jokes, and exclusionary behavior from them — making you a co-conspirator in their #whitesupremacist misbehavior.
Just STOP saturating the airways, social media, radio, newspapers, even outlets like @Medium with your sudden white racial enlightenment, unless you are among those few #woke white people who have been pimping anti-racism for years and profiting off of #blackpain.
Why has the book #whitefragility sold out and is being promoted on popular late night television shows, while books by #blackwriters barely make a profit?
Can you Just STOP being white for a hot minute?
Stop writing, stop speaking, stop centering your whiteness once again in the midst of our #blackpain.
For once, just shut the fu*k up and LISTEN!