Dear white people, all you ever do is talk – now shut up

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Dear white people, all you ever do is talk – now shut up

OPINION | You speak out about racism from within the warm fuzzy blanket of whiteness, disconnected from our plight

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Once upon a time Desmond Tutu said: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” This is one of the most popular quotes doing the rounds on the interwebs at the moment. Initially said in the context of apartheid, many on social media are now using the quote to inform us all (but especially white people) that they should speak up about being against racism because not saying anything at all is an indication in itself of racist leanings.

I, on the other hand, am not so sure that this is a good idea. I’d like to take this moment to say: “Dear white people, for the love of all that is holy, don’t say anything. Do not allow yourself to be shamed by your equally woke pasty faced friends into saying a word.”

This is why: Perhaps it’s the nature of the news cycle or maybe it’s just that white-hot rage is unsustainable for long periods of time (and often gives way to memes), but as of last week the world seems to have been reminded that racism really does exist. By “the world” I mean exclusively white folks. Energised by the murder of George Floyd, Ahmad Aubury and Breonna Taylor, America has gotten down to the business of setting fire to the cities and police stations that impose the systemic oppression that exists in that country. ..

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