Dear White People: Stay In Your Lane

I posted this gem a year ago, and periodically re-post it as a little reminder and handy travel guide to avoid head-on collisions:

If you’re a white person, and the Black Lives Matter movement has become all about YOU, you’re in the wrong lane.

If you’re a white person and become defensive when a person of color checks you on your viewpoint about Black issues, you’re in the wrong lane.

If you’re a white person who professes to know all about racism, rather than white privilege, you’re in the wrong lane.

If you’re a white person who only speaks up about Black lives whenever it’s convenient for you, you’re in the wrong lane.

If you’re a white person who talks a good talk, but doesn’t walk the walk, you’re in the wrong lane.

If you’re a white person who claims to know more about being Black than Black people themselves, you’re in the wrong lane.

If you’re a white person who discounts the feelings of people of color whenever they express concerns about your behavior and actions, you’re in the wrong lane.

If you’re a white person and seeking validation and a trophy from people of color because you’re willing to speak out against social injustice, you’re in the wrong lane.

If you’re a white person and think that you know everything there is to know about racism and discrimination against people of color, you’re in the wrong lane.

If you’re a white person and are so focused on advancing your own agenda that you discount or forget what the BLM movement even stands for, you’re in the wrong lane.

If you’re a white person who thinks that having a Black person in your inner circle qualifies you to fully understand and speak on the depth of the Black experience, you’re in the wrong lane.

If you’re a white person and you’re now feeling pissed after reading this post, you’re in the wrong lane.

If you’re a white person and choose to unfriend or block me after stewing in your own juices, you’re in the wrong lane.

Before you ever profess to be an ally for Black lives or any person of color, know your lane… and stay in it.

 

[excerpted from Why Black Lives Matter (Too): A Revolutionary Call to Action]