After the death of George Floyd people on BOTH the left and right were outraged. It was appalling and everyone called for immediate action by the Minneapolis Police Department. We wanted to see justice.
It was chance for both sides to work together to address police brutality, especially against African Americans.
Then progressives and BLM took over and started making demands. Demanding you acknowledge your white privilege. Demanding you kneel before protestors. Demanding you support their movement without dissent. See the following examples:
Kneel before protestors and ask for forgiveness: “During a protest over the death of George Floyd, dozens of white protesters knelt before a group of African American protesters and asked for forgiveness from past sins of white people, which the leader described as “years and years of racism, of systematic racism.” In response, the black protesters knelt with their white counterparts and joined them in prayer.”
Deny white children their innocence:
Teens encouraged to publicly shame their racist parents on Tik Tok: “I literally hate my family so much,” Izabella said, eyes wet from crying. “It’s just. They just tried to argue with me that George Floyd — like, they just tried to tell me that he deserved that ’cause he did something wrong, and that it was okay. That is not okay. And it’s just making me so upset. I don’t know. I do not wanna live here. I hate livin’ in Louisiana. I hate livin’ around these racist f-cks. Like, I just wanna leave.”
Withhold affection from relatives who don’t support BLM: “The New York Times ran an op-ed telling people to withhold affection from their relatives unless they protest or give money to anti-racism organizations.”
Have your white children publicly denounce their privilege: “Mother is slammed over photo of her young daughter taking the knee on her doorstep while holding a placard reading ‘privileged’ during Black Lives Matter protests.”
We cannot achieve unity without agreement and compromise. By mandating how a white person responds to your movement, you shutdown chances of ever achieving a common goal.
Public humiliation and shaming is also not a viable way to achieve unity.
By setting mandates based upon YOUR conditions and my skin color (for which I have no control over), you shutdown MY voice. Which really means this movement is a one-way street.
If you think this will help achieve unity, you’d be wrong. In fact, I predict MORE racial division as a result of these tactics.
But what do I know? That’s just my white-privileged opinion.
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