It’s time to add systemic change to your symbolic actions.

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It seems no one wants to be caught dead without a protest selfie amidst this global wave of antiracist protests. People don’t just want to make sure they were among the marchers, they want you to see that they were there.

This is probably because, organizer Jonathan Smucker explains, many people participate in activism in a similar way that people engage in fashion: namely, many people are more interested in signaling their values to their peers than in obtaining a tangible political objective.

They want you to see them saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ so that you’ll know what type of people they are — that they’re on the “right side of history,” that they’re not racists. I don’t say these things as criticism but as observation. …


Andre Henry

Writer, speaker, & musician contending for a world without racism.

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