The “help” that I speak of in this article is counterproductive to this movement. This “help” exploits the trauma that Black people continue to suffer in this country as we watch people who look like us murdered on television over and over again as if we were animals.

The “help” is not about anything you are speaking of. It is self-serving, self-righteous, and completely highjacks the fight for Black liberation. It uses our pain and trauma to advance their own agendas. It is NOT what Black people need and I have every right to speak on this because their self-centered actions directly affect the safety of my family and those I love.

The audacity of you to suggest that I should just basically “shut up and be grateful” for “any help we as Black people receive” simply solidifies my point. White people do not see Black people as deserving of true liberation. We are seen as people who should still just accept the scraps left on the floor after dinner from the slave masters house.

How DARE I as a Black women voice my opinion or distaste at White people using my trauma for their gain! How DARE I? Who do I think I am, right? Well, I’ll tell you. I am a Black American who has the same right to have an opinion and speak my mind. I have the right to voice opposition to situations that do not serve me and my community just as you do.

And let me be clear. We are not asking for anyone’s help. We have asked that white people acknowledge their privilege and have the fortitude to use it to help their fellow Americans, instead of turning a deaf ear because it doesn’t affect them directly. PERIOD. I don’t need to be grateful for help that ends up causing more harm than good. And if those helping aren’t strong enough to take criticism, then it’s time they move out of the way and let those of us who are keep working.

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