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Guilaine Kinouani 🇫🇷 @KGuilaine
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Morning. I got to say I am getting a little sick of WP responding w/ experience of racism & structural violence w/ ‘I am sorry’. Oh dearing the fact the system that harms and protect them then moving the to next brutal experience to dish the same sorrys & oh dears...
All while benefiting from the violence that befalls black & brown bodies. Listen folks, I think I am getting too old for performative empathy & care. This is not compassion...
No sorry or oh dear is going to keep us safe from white supremacy. So all while WP watch & actually feel exempt, we gotto to constantly find ingenious ways to resist while having to battle this shit out amidst sorrys & performative moralising eg. This should not happen in 2018!
Sorry #NotSorry to all WP who have send sorrys to @kelechnekoff then moved on to have coffee & enjoy a brunch while reading on Black stories of pain & trauma. This is white supremacy.
Sorry will no longer do.
Here are some more helpful responses past the feeling stage...what do you need from me? Have you got support? Can I set up a go fund me page to get you legal support? Can I contact the media on your behalf? Can I teach my students about this?...
Can to write to my MP about this? My friends & I want to organise a campaign about this, is that ok? if you have particular skills offer them...
I am a lawyer, can we speak? I am a journalist can we meet? I know x or y, they could help, can I link you up. I write great complaint letter, can I help you with one?
WP have little idea how much work it takes to just try to get any semblance of justice. Sometimes the work needed is what gets us. What causes us to despair then give up. Not everyone has capacity to fight. Your job is to make the fighting easier at the very least.
Imagine if out the 100s of sorrys we get when we recount racial injustice we only got 4-5 ppl committed to taking any of the actions described. Imagine the relief. Imagine the positive impact on our wellbeing. This is compassion.
And feeling helplessness is no pass. Some of us don’t have the luxury to indulge helplessness, we have to keep on. Work with it. But still do the work.
White liberals like outrageous racism, allows them to hide behind sorrys, makes them feel less racist AND bc it’s stop them from getting involved in liberatory action.
One time and for all you cannot be a bystander to the violence done onto us and feel exempt. If you are complicit. You are an enabler of violence. You are the get away car driver. Or the witness to a crime who keeps their lips sealed. You are the landlord that comes collect...
...the rent while we’re lying dying in hospital right after sending a get well soon card.
You are the mourners at funerals who show up only to check their watch every 2 minutes, thinking about when, they’ll be free to return to their life.
That is what you sorry dishing, coffee drinking, black pain watching white liberals are, if you take no anti-racist action. No commital engagement. The worse kinds of racists, arguably.
Friendly racists.
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