Befriending Becky: On The Imperative Of Intersectional Solidarity
Black Love

Strongest line for me: “There exists a space between the oft chanted chorus ‘silence is violence!’ and the realization that when we advocate for other people we usually have no idea what we’re talking about.” My fear of improperly advocating or not knowing how to answer questions if I’m interviewed does scare me away from events I should attend…or even sharing articles that I don’t feel I’m expertly prepared to respond to comments on. I don’t think I realized that unproductive fear until you phrased it that way, so thank you. Also re: the growth mindset, YES. When BLM started making waves, I naively said (a few times) “All Lives Matter” thinking I was conveying some fabulous, inclusive perspective. A friend explained to me why that was counterproductive and disrespectful (duh, in retrospect), so I stopped. I wish more of my fellow white ladies could stop being so defensive and start listening. I’ll try to do a better job of encouraging that.

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