#TheresePatriciaOkoumou is a Black Woman Immigrant.
She stood up when others wouldn’t. That’s not something to be excited about. It’s an embarrassment to everyone else.
It should be white people doing the heavy lifting, in non-performative ways, to clean it up.
And yet the list for white people who’ve put themselves on the line is much much shorter.
We could end lack of equity.
If we wanted to.
It’s up to us to decide what our legacy will be.
In all my time covering and participating in protests, I’ve only seen it done effectively once.
The activists instructed the white people to not be aggressive in any way to police.
Like an amoeba, the crowd shifted and formed a protective wall around the activists and mourners, began marching through Pasadena.
The activists explained that Black people were most vulnerable to police violence. And the white people listened.
And one point, a vehicle tried to drive through the crowd, but the fence resisted.
The whole thing passed without any violent incident whatsoever, with a crowd somewhere around 3,000.
I’m tired of the wringing hands.
Black women, First Nations women, Trans women, Latinx women and anyone else who’ve been oppressed are not your saviors.
Stop standing by while they’re crucified.