Hey white folks: want to be effective in the fight for racial justice? Step number one is to talk about race, and understand that this work is uncomfortable. Don’t like being uncomfortable? Well, neither do POC. But they are more than just uncomfortable. They are in danger. Every day.
P.S. You can’t just talk about race where it’s “safe” to talk about race. Talk about it at school, at work, with your family, with your friends. Speaking about race only when you feel safe to do so probably means your talk is ineffective and remaining within a bubble of people who agree with you. Speak to the people who disagree with you.
P.P.S. Stop being so damn defensive.