Letters for June 2: Black-led community groups need solidarity from white people

Letters for June 2: Black-led community groups need solidarity from white people

Re “ Progress, but more to do ” (Our Views, May 24): While I agree that the headline is accurate, a clarification needs to be made on who pushed for that progress. “To see so many citizens, of every race, creed, religion and background, stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their Black neighbors … .” alludes to impactful white/adjacent allyship against oppression. In the year following the uprisings of 2020, white solidarity has all but vanished. As many predicted, a Democratic president, House and Senate have killed what urgency the majority of Democratic white people felt last summer. Black-led, grassroots groups answer community needs in the wake of generations-long white harm on an individual and systemic level. We have local groups here, like the 757 Eviction Prevention Fund, addressing this ongoing lack. But these groups need solidarity from white/adjacent individuals and groups. It does look like centering Black leadership at every juncture. It looks like holding ourselves accountable to hard truths that might cause hard feelings, such as shame. We need to help in the way that is asked, even if it is at odds with the way we prefer. We need to accept that our opinions and control aren’t needed; our support is. Virginia might be basking in a few wins, but none of these changes reflect white people directly investing in Black communities. And the basking ignores that once again, it is Black organizers and their communities who have paved the way, often with their lives. It seems to me […]

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