And I did. And I was so, so angry that this student was made to feel responsible for her symptoms. She was balancing a full course load, a part-time job, and ongoing, serious mental health treatment. And she was capable of intuiting her needs and communicating them with others. She was a fucking badass, not a lazy fuck. I told her so.
…We will sometimes show up for one of our own but fall short when it comes to actions in solidarity. In that way we are selfish and self-protecting, prioritizing a buffer of privilege over the chance of failure if we show up and stand up. We are too afraid of losing what we are given by white supremacy to stand in solidarity with other oppressed and marginalized people. That cowardice and self-preservation through silence and compliance needs to end.