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Some Thoughts About Posts From Friends

Post-Ferguson, I'm seeing that everyone has an opinion. My opinion: I think it's time for those of us not directly affected - and doing no more than posting outrage on a keyboard - to move on. Ignore the media. Enjoy your Thanksgiving.

But related to Ferguson, I'm seeing a lot of videos of black men shaming other black men. All well and good, but the people I see posting them are always white.

As a white person, it doesn't feel right to me to be posting a video/blog/essay by a black man that tells other black men how to behave.

First of all, among my online friends, I have but two black men that regularly show up in my friends/news feed. And they don't need the lecture.

Yes, it's a black man talking/writing, but if I repost it, I'm signing off on it, and it seems rather condescending of me as a white person to be lecturing a black man about how to behave. But again, few black men would see it anyway. So who would I be preaching to?

Would I really just be reinforcing the notion that, by virtue of being white, I AM better? Is it just a collective patting of our white selves on the back, as if there is no bad behavior among us?


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Nov. 27th, 2014 07:01 pm (UTC)
I'm with you. have no place to say anything because it has nothing to do with me. I've signed and shared a few petitions, but that's all I can do. I'm trying to ignore all the noise, because like you said, so much of it is just people behind a keyboard. People think that having a social media account and an opinion makes them an activist. But none of those opinions are really adding anything meaningful to the discussion, and are drowning out the voices we really need to be listening to.

It's like a saying I read recently: "Those who speak do not know, those who know do not speak."
Nov. 27th, 2014 07:21 pm (UTC)
That's a good saying.
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