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White moderates are the folks who looked the other way when Nazis started passing decrees against their Jewish neighbors
White moderates are the folks who felt MLK was stirring up too much trouble with his campaign in Birmingham
White moderates are the folks who thought harboring a fugitive slave was wrong because it was breaking the law
White moderates are the folks who thought forced assimilation for Indigenous nations was a reasonable alternative to genocide
This is the legacy of white moderates in times of moral crisis
Heather Heyer lost her life standing in the tradition of brave white allies who were NOT cowards in times of moral crisis...
...who risked their lives to stand shoulder to shoulder with those being persecuted by the system of white supremacy
Those were vocal & active abolitionists at time when they could be hanged for helping slaves escape to freedom
Those who risked their lives hiding Jewish families and fighting in the resistance to Nazism
And that white moderates would choose in the aftermath of Charlottesville to give 10x the energy to criticizing Antifa...
...that has been given to scrutinizing the network of hate groups that bred the white supremacist terrorist who murdered Heather Heyer
...is morally repugnant, short-sighted, *revealing* 👀 and again, consistent with the legacy of white moderates in times like these
Assuming US survives 50 years from now, I imagine a statue will be erected to her & everyone can pretend they always supported resistance
Just like everyone pretends they supported MLK at the time or that no one knew the holocaust was happening when it was happening
*deep breath* And let me point one more thing out & then go to bed b/c it's too late at night for my blood pressure to go up like this...
WHEN 👏🏾 DID ANYONE 👏🏾 EVER 👏🏾 write as many op-eds criticizing white militias for this type of behavior? theguardian.com/us-news/2015/o…
When did every outlet publish an op-ed criticizing white militias for feeding into the dangerous perception that America is anti-Islam?
I must've missed that moment b/c I don't recall there being a concern about folks conflating white militias w/ all white people or Americans
So again: WHO are these MYSTERIOUS folks who can distinguish white militias from all white ppl but not antifa from all anti-racist mvmt? 🙃
Shouldn't we focus on identifying them and why they are so incapable of making this distinction?
After all, you claim this is critical to anti-racism effort not being undone & we've already identified that is ur primary concern (you say)
I'm just so glad y'all aren't among these folks. Y'all make that so clear using 1000 words to basically say, "I'm not racist, but..."
Antifa is not what's bothering you, beloved. You just need a reason to feel comfortable with not feeling comfortable w/ antiracist movement
Folks tweeting at me, "but what about non-white moderates?"
White supremacy is the wheel & white moderates are those who allow themselves to be the grease
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