The problem I have with white “allyship” is that to us it means cooperation and to them it means we obey them. “I won’t join you until you meet my demands” isn’t “being an ally” it’s being a presumptuous person who thinks they have power -over- not power in struggle -with-.We can only make change in the ways, using the methods white people “allow us”. Like nonviolence, and protesting in fenced-off areas nowhere near the actual event. This is their idea of “freedom” for us, which is sort of like saying your dog is free to come and go as he pleases, except you’ve made sure he can’t operate the doorknob. If he does manage to get out, then he’s in the wrong for “escaping”. And then you have to call the patterollers to round him up, cage him until you can pick him up. Huh, what does that remind me of?
It’s the recent experience of white gun enthusiasts penising all over a group -I was personally invited to no less-, but if I mention that being armed while white is different from being armed while black, and that white people should take that reality into account before they blithely tell black people to arm themselves, that’s me “flaming white people”.
You know what’s flaming black people in multiple ways in any given moment? White people’s fragility. You know who generally doesn’t take responsibility for their fragility?
*stares Maxinely at screen*