Tips for White Folks Unlearning Racism#3: UNFRIENDING IS NOT THE ANSWER

From my sister, Il Nocturne’s July 8, 2016 Facebook post:

“We do this because privilege has made us emotionally weak: resiliency is the strength humans develop when faced with struggle. Get uncomfortable and have the conversations with the white people saying ALM and other ignorantly racist comments, and we too can develop resiliency. Our humanity is at stake. I’m here to hold you and support you through it. Use filter features, take breaks, practice self-care; whatever you need to return whole enough to cope. But when we completely avoid these discussion with white people by unfriending or walking away, we not only act on our own internalized superiority as “the good white person” but we commit the ultimate privileged crime by leaving the burden of education to people of color. And then we are no better than the racist we unfriended.”


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