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  •  "Be quiet and listen." Well, yes and no. (3+ / 0-)
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    EclecticCrafter, CaliSista, Onomastic

    I often have your attitude that it's better to be quiet and respectfully listen.  But note what Shanikka says:

    Lord knows and I certainly know that all the white expressions of solidarity are genuine, heartfelt and NEEDED ....  I want their support for us, I want them to care for our children as much as we do.
    Support can't be communicated to black Kossacks or transmitted as pressure to that Florida town if we're silent.  We have to speak it as well as we can manage.  Hopefully with some humility and willingness to be told if we're off the mark.  BUt that learning doesn't happen in silence either.

    Shanikka went on:

    But I also wish that just once the quest for justice for a murdered Black child could just once not mimimize that for our children, for our little men and little girls, it's DIFFERENT AND  WORSE in a way that any of them rarely experience.
    We can grieve with Trayvon's family in a powerful way, on the basis of the love we have for our own children, and our fears and hopes for them.  That goes deep.  It's a fundamental shared human reality around the globe.  But the fact remains that we can never fully understand what it's like for a black family in American to fear for their children.  Just as we can't fully understand what a war veteran has gone through, unless we've been in combat.  We can't fully understand what rape does to a person, unless we've been raped.  There are things you only really understand if you've been there.

    But it's still better to speak both our sorrow and our outrage, than to be silent.  Even if we screw up sometimes, which we certainly will.

    Black Kossacks who carefully, clearly lay out what we're missing will help us be better allies.  HamdenRIce and Shanikka have both done a great job here.

    "Every part of you belongs to you." -- from a story of Virginia under the Personhood law. Read it here.

    by Fiona West on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 04:31:28 PM PDT

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