Being an ally means denouncing “our” dangerous people, not just “theirs”

Social media threats by a white supremacist non-student result in one arrest, great. What about the assholes riding around in pickup trucks last night shouting “White Power!” like the newfangled KKK? Oh and here’s another roundup of this shit. But this not a U of Missouri problem — it’s an all-American problem!!

This is WHITE SUPREMACIST TERRORISM, and it’s no different than Islamist terrorism or Christian terrorism or Northern Irish terrorism or Palestinian terrorism (whatever flavor you despise most, for some Americans this is exactly like that).

Allies! Recognize your silence is complicity and speak out against it in your own communities. If it’s not you, and “not all white people,” then you must speak up and condemn anyone who it IS! Even if you choose not to take any further action, condemnation is your moral obligation — don’t let racists & terrorists feel comfortable and confident that others share their shitty views. Obviously this sentiment goes way beyond any individual incident. Speak up every day, anytime. It’s kind of like #notinmyname — don’t let the assholes speak for you because they fill your silence with voices of hatred.

AND I think this more than establishes a need for full-scale long-term newsgathering presence in Missouri. Students, stringers, whatever, but install and PAY some well-trained reporter folks long-term. If news organizations want access to tell this story, they need to stick around, building faith and relationships, and keep telling it, not just showing up for highlight reels. What’s happening in Missouri (incidents in several towns over just the past couple years) is not a single event… not a single short-term strike that results in a single resignation. Clearly Missouri is a cradle of the renewed civil rights movement and its fighters for justice need our support.


About amywinns

Semi-snarky, semi-sincere, occasionally ranting, always paying attention. Feminist who can work a skirt and crack a joke. Grammar nerd who is also fun at parties. Mid-career writer/editor with 15 years’ experience in newspapers & magazines who now helps developers at a major media corporation communicate with the suits who write the checks. Pro-women, pro-family, pro-choice, pro-workingclass, pro-entrepreneur, pro-farmer. Like every other bourgeois Brooklynite, I choose local/organic/raw food — mostly vegetables — whenever possible/reasonable/affordable but I’m not a smug asshole about it. Hometown: Atlanta. Weird hobby: lindy hop. No pets, no kids, no thanks.
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