Silence is a dangerous road. At worst, it means you support the oppression. At best, it means that you are apathetic; it doesn’t involve me, I don’t want to get involved.
The problem is that we know that we cannot be silent on the matter; we see the problem, we accept that it is happening, and now we are responsible for the knowledge. Now we have to do something about it.
And yet, when we decide to get involved, to speak up, we are told this is also bad, that we are also part of the problem: cultural appropriation, speaking for the victims instead of letting them be heard.
I truly believe that those who spoke did so with the full and heartfelt intention of helping. I know I do. I don’t believe that anyone who is speaking up in support of BLM is doing so with the intention of silencing those same black lives, or appropriating their culture. But having good intentions doesn't always mean doing the right thing.
So the questions is,
How do we find and walk that razor-thin balance between the two?