It’s 2018 & I have a personal bar with regard to references or depictions of Rosa Parks & the Montgomery boycott. it should be CLEAR that Parks & other organizers PLANNED her direct action with the intention to push for a boycott.
I watched the Dr Who ep, have spoken to several fans & read several recaps/reviews. My bar wasn’t met in the episode & it upsets me greatly & let me tell you why this consistently omitted part of this story is an illustration of white supremacy.
Black people are consistently positioned in media as unintelligent & without skills. The story of that day on the bus has been white washed to be a “tired old Black woman who had enough” because that story comforts whiteness & its belief in its superiority.
Listen - I can help folks become effective allies. If the last 5 years have taught me anything it's that they don't have the capacity, depth or comprehension of reality when it comes to racism to do it on their own. https://t.co/AviO6yO5r1
And I don't even say this with love - just pure facts. Proximity to Blackness won't make you an effective ally. Loving a Black person won't make you an effective ally. Learning a bunch of buzzwords & concepts won't do it either. I see ya'll thinking that is a path - it ain't.
I push back on any notions that "personal relationships" are the way to for white folks to actually make the changes they need to in their lives to be better support for marginalized communities. RUBBISH & this idea puts Black people directly in harms way.