Friday, February 6, 2015

Black History Month

The last featured blog of the first week of Black History Month is Crommunist, which is run by a black man. Crommunist is one of the few men I follow on Twitter and whose blogs I have returned to more than a few times. He's brilliant, uncompromising, and stands up for women without speaking over us. He is a great example of how to do male ally and I try to do white ally in a similar fashion.

His piece Violence Isn't the Answer, Unless I'm Asking the Question tackles the issue of what he calls the "violence isn't the answer" crowd. It includes an excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that contains that quote that's been going around saying that "a riot is the language of the unheard." It's essential that we white people understand the history of black protests and our constant labeling of said protests as "riots" no matter how peaceful they may be, and how demanding that all protests be utterly peaceful and non-disruptive in another oppressive tactic.

To say that “violence and looting don’t accomplish anything” is to betray a belief that we are not the direct beneficiaries of violence and looting.

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