The ease and consequence of complacency
Briana L. Urena-Ravelo

We as white “allies” need to read, listen, not respond. Sit with what’s being said here. Learn from it. Google what we don’t understand — some person of color has written about it, somewhere. Think about why we are being problematic.

I am one of the co-organizers of the event and I fully admit it was problematic as hell. We are figuring out how to be better next time — being more prepared for white supremacists from the start, having a barrier of marshals who would turn people away, communicating ahead of time on social media that they are not welcome. That’s our job — not to set up an event against white nationalism that centers whiteness and puts people of color at awful risk and triggers them. And certainly not to expect Briana, who already did the work of standing up to white supremacists, to educate us.

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