Barnes, E.(2018). Baltimore Women's March Gathering Rally at War Memorial Plaza at 101 North Gay Street in Baltimore MD on Saturday afternoon, 20 January 2018 [Photograph]. Retrieved from https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:DearWhiteFriends.BaltimoreMD.20January2018_(39801807722).jpg
"But I live my life by the principles of equality and non-racism." - "Good intentions, while appreciated, can't in and of themselves overcome a 200+ year American history of anti-black racism, to say nothing of racism against Asian, Latino, and other populations.
"Well, what do you want me to do? I can't change any of this." - "Nobody expects that you're going to single-handedly demolish the edifice of white privilege in America. That demands an enormous social transformation, and it can't happen in ignorance. If all of us can soberly, calmly recognize and understand our own privilege, we'll creep ever closer to that day."
"Expecting people of color to be in the room to help white people learn about race is yet another example of privilege."
"Yes, when people of color create space to be with only each other, it is a form of temporary physical segregation in the literal sense of the word, but that is not akin to the institution of segregation. We are not proclaiming “separate but equal” with the creation of PoC spaces."
"These spaces aren’t acts of oppression, but rather responses to it. They are our opportunity to be with each other away from the abuses of racism and patterns of white dominance. Given that space to breathe, there’s a possibility of healing. Being together can offer resiliency for bringing our fullness into integrated spaces where it will inevitably be challenged."
"Have you ever tone policed someone in a conversation on oppression? Tone policing focuses on the emotion behind a message rather than the message itself – and you might think you’re helping by making the conversation more “comfortable.”"