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Black Lives Matter activist Ashleigh Shackelford is asking white liberals who come to BLM protests to put their money where their mouth is – literally.
In an article entitled, “For White People Who Want to Attend #BlackLivesMatter Protests,” Shackelford lays out exactly how she feels about “The fact that white people show up to these rallies as if it’s a f***ing BBQ (cause you know y’all don’t have cookouts),” saying she is “actually retraumatized by how comfortable white people are in not doing anything to change their violence. These marches are funerals for us. Black people are being murdered, violated and oppressed every day. We are literally in mourning every minute of our lives.”
From their left, if that were even possible, Shackelford hammers virtue-signalling liberals for the real hypocrites they are, saying they may earn a “special snowflake card” for going above “existing in silence,” but in order to truly help, she’s gonna need more, oh so much more.
“If you really believe that #BlackLivesMatter, ask yourself if you’re willing to die for us and to die to dismantle this system. Are you willing to learn everything possible about antiblackness and its many forms so that you can dismantle it? Are you willing to give up everything you have to make sure Black people can survive, thrive and be safe? If you cannot answer yes to ALL of these questions, you don’t need to be at a protest.”
Oh, but it doesn’t stop there.
“Nothing you have is yours.” Shackelford writes, “Let me be clear: Nothing you have is yours. Also, Let me be through: Reparations are not donations, because we are not your charity, tax write off, or good deed for the day. You are living off of stolen resources, stolen land, exploited labor, appropriated culture and the murder of our people. Nothing you have is yours.”
“We need housing, transportation, food, clothes, free space for meetings and work space; we need laptops, cell phones, encrypted systems for communication, solar power and LAND. Stop playing. Y’all really thought pulling up to the protest in your Hyundai was gonna be enough? Nah. You have to give us everything we need and more, because even if it means you go without — it doesn’t matter because that’s how we been living for 400+ years. Reparations will never be negotiable. So if you’re not willing to talk money, you are not here for #BlackLivesMatter as a movement or for us as individuals.”
She concludes her rant by asking what would happen if white allies teamed up to “shut down and boycott white businesses,” “gave all their money to Black folks,” “shut down police stations and highways,” and, shockingly (or not, I suppose, given the tone of the article), “used violence as a tactic against other white people perpetuating violence against Blacks?”
So, hand-wringing liberal do-gooders, either do those things, or…
“At this point, ain’t no white allyship, b. You either an accomplice (and even then, I don’t trust you) or you ain’t shit.”
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