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White allies need to be leveraging your body, assets and privilege to protect the most vulnerable among us, not crying about how you don't recognize this country now (because to be honest, most of us do and always have).

By Clarkisha Kent I started this piece over a week ago. And it has taken many, many forms. Initially, I was planning on writing some scathing rebuke of white men like “Thick Wife Guy” who make everything about them and allies who do the same. I was planning on sticking to solely calling out the toxicity and paternalism of white allyship for the 363893836375th time. I was honestly planning on telling white allies to fuck off forever — especially after this weekend. However. A lot has happened in a week. Thick Wife Guy’s asinine statements remain but Charlottesville happened. While Black people and other people of color remain un-shocked by the racism on display by white Supremacy, white America on the other hand? Well, they were shook. Seeing their sons, lovers, and YES, daughters out there in modern Klan rallies — faces uncovered — suddenly made the whole ordeal "real" to them. Even though it has been real for Black people this entire time. Being shook in this manner led to different reactions. Most of it including hand-wringing. A lot of it included calls for kumbaya and flowers. And a lot more included gross denial. I could frankly go on and on about the wide spectrum of reactions from white “allies” that I found downright wasteful and useless. But I'm not here for that. I'm actually here to tell white "allies" to but their grown folx pants on. You'll have to forgive the quotations there. Because like Feminista Jones, I too don't really think allies exist. But that ultimately isn't up to me, folx. I also don't believe in Santa Claus either, but that doesn't stop other folx from believing he’s the real deal, now does it?

White nationalists at home are more dangerous than nuclear weapons abroad.

Before this weekend’s acts of terror in Charlottesville, the news cycle has been ruled by alarmist coverage of a possible nuclear attack from North Korea.  Trump promised to meet North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” if Kim Jung-un continued to threaten the United States.  Trump double down on his fire and fury statement, saying “it’s about time somebody stuck up for the people of this country.”   But when it came time for Trump to “stick up” for those who were being terrorized by the white supremacists in Charlottesville, he wavered. Instead of calling terrorism by its name, Trump vaguely condemned violence “on many sides.” This statement attempts to compare literal nazis to those who oppose the hatred and violence they stand for. This weekend, white nationalists marched on Charlottesville, Virginia in opposition of the removal of a statue of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee. These white men and women -- who have been emboldened by the Trump Administration’s endorsement of white supremacy -- converged on the University of Virginia’s campus bearing Tiki torches and Make America Great Again hats.  The next day, more armed white supremacists flocked to the city ready for a fight.  As a result of this racist assembly, a peaceful counter protester has been killed after being intentionally run over by a car.  At least 19 others were injured by the same car.  

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