Ta-Nehisi Coates has written some incredible things recently that have gotten a lot of media attention. I bring that up to introduce today’s topic – the modern civil rights fight.
The fight for Civil Rights in the 50’s and 60’s was hard and painful. Then, out of deaths too numerous to count, laid out rather explicitly here, we saw the rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The movement began in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s killer was acquitted.
Read up a bit on the story behind the movement here. I would like to also add this great quote:
When you design an event / campaign / et cetera based on the work of queer Black women, don’t invite them to participate in shaping it, but ask them to provide materials and ideas for next steps for said event, that is racism in practice. It’s also hetero-patriarchal. Straight men, unintentionally or intentionally, have taken the work of queer Black women and erased our contributions. Perhaps if we were the charismatic Black men many are rallying around these days, it would have been a different story, but being Black queer women in this society (and apparently within these movements) tends to equal invisibility and non-relevancy.
Inevitably, several people will throw out cries of “reverse racism” and other ideas. In response to that, I would like to direct you to a few different resources denoting the idea of “reverse racism” found here, here, here, and here.
I bring all of this up for one very important reason – to help you realize how ridiculous it is to be learning about systemic racism, experiences of people of Color, and our broken world from a White guys blog. As I have said before, read straight from first hand accounts and sources. While I am honored that you feel my voice is worth listening to on this subject, realize that my voice should not carry more weight than voices from individuals who have these experiences regularly. If you want to stop by my blog as an additional resources, or to read up on privilege and systemic racism, please feel free to. Education is important. But please make sure that I am not your first or even primary source. And more than that, realize the oxymoronic nature of doing so.