To my white brothers and sisters who mean well: if you expect the oppressed…the racially oppressed…those living on the margins…to be always patient with you, and to educate you whenever you see fit…if you place that onus on their shoulders — you are part of the problem.
It is not the duty of the person of color to directly educate the white individual.
It is not the duty of the queer person to directly educate the non-queer.
It is not the duty of the woman to directly educate the man.
That IS NOT the margin-dwellers cross to bear. Especially not in 2014, when Google exists. Especially not in 2014, when there are countless numbers of online resources, libraries, scholarly articles, blogs, YouTube videos, MSNBC reports/interviews, etc. for you to peruse and learn from.
Hear me when I say:you’ll get farther with us if you do the heavy lifting yourself, AND THEN come to us seeking a final helping hand.
Well, yes. This IS America.
(US Army attacks homeless veterans protesting in Washington, DC in 1932)
1960s Birmingham, Alabama
1970 attack on unarmed student protesters at Kent State University
Police action at peaceful UC Davis Occupy protest
Let’s not pretend like the police actions taken this week are anything new. It’s just the most recent manifestation of a problem America has had for a very long time.
America, and many other countries