#1: “I agree with Black Lives Matter, but I don’t agree with their methods.”
If you’re a white person, it may be tempting to add your voice where it’s really not needed – like in criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality because it makes you uncomfortable.
So what do you do if you have concerns about movement’s strategy or message? What about what Martin Luther King, Jr said – or about that hypothetical ambulance activists may be blocking on the freeway with their protests?
And how can you tell if your “concerns” about Black Lives Matter are just one big, pointless derailment?
In this video, Celia Edell invites you to work out these feelings without being yet another white person impeding on this important work by speaking over activists of color.
She’ll take you through the most common defensive reactions white folks have to the Black Lives Matter movement – and why they’re missing the point.
Here’s a chance to learn how you might be upholding the harmful status quo without realizing it – and how to help make a change instead.
The Editors at Everyday Feminism
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To learn more about this topic, check out:
- Why White America Demonizes the #BlackLivesMatter Movement — And Why That Must Change
- Black Lives Matter: 25+ Resources for Your Conversations on Police Violence
Celia Edell is a Contributing Vlogger for Everyday Feminism, a freelance writer, and feminist philosopher. She holds a Masters degree in Philosophy from the University of Sheffield in England and is currently doing her PhD in Philosophy at McGill University in Montreal. Her interests include critical race theory, mental health awareness, and bad made-for-TV movies. She tweets and blogs under the name @ceedling.
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