There’s No Applause For This: Ferguson

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I woke up to a black face on white racism. Is “White racism” redundant? In the last two days I’ve talked too much about the military training offered to police officers via Call of Duty video games and higher ups who want them to see people of color as targets, not humans.

We conversed about the last time a white man didn’t use his gun as the first reaction, and I stood in front of a liquor store last night and listened as a protestor dismissed a man who called her actions “heroic.” She said “Be gone with that shit, man. We’re not here to be heroic, and your words aren’t necessary. We’re here because we need to be. We don’t seek these fancy titles you’re coming over here to offer us. Want to do something, go tell the media to cover this conversation instead of those looters.” He walked off, and stepped back into his whiteness.

She said it for me, I think. We didn’t come to be heroic. That never came up. We came to see and share the truth. You don’t get applause for doing the things you’re supposed to do.

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