Stand Up to Racism
Today was quite an interesting day. I've never attended anything like this conference before, so I wasn't sure what to expect, but a lot of what I ended up getting surprised me.
Why would I want to buy a t-shirt? Sure, I support the efforts of this group and I too want to work toward creating a better world for everyone. And some of the money you get by selling that t-shirt goes toward the fight to end racism, hopefully not being too presumptuous in that. But are t-shirts (and all the other merchandise) really the most effective way to end oppression? It reminds me of this Seinfeld episode, where Kramer raises money for an AIDS walk but doesn’t want to wear the ribbon and everyone doubts his commitment and desire to fight AIDS even though he is beside them walking.... but I digress.
Another issue I had was in the rhetoric used throughout the conference. I understand the anger, passion, and urgency, but often it felt like the same voices I’ve heard from the videos of white nationalist chants.
I'm not sure what to do with all this yet.