Protests have been growing over the death of two unarmed black men by white police officers. The issue has quickly escalated from being about police brutality to being about race. Liberals and civil rights leaders are pushing the narrative that white police officers do not care about black lives. Apparently, the fact that three times as many white people are killed by police than black people makes no difference to them. This race issue has now become so polarizing that certain groups are asking white people to follow rules if they wish to join their cause. A Toronto protest held earlier this week boasted a list of guidelines for white and non-black allies who chose to take part. From the event Face Book page:
The event organizers requested that white people â€œrefrain from taking up space in all ways possible.â€ They were told to â€œnever be at the center of anything,â€ and to â€œrefrain from speaking to the media.â€
Next white people must â€œstand behind black folks or between us and the police.â€
one social media user asked,â€œWow, is this an anti-racist rally or a pro-segregation one?â€
The same type of racism was displayed again this week when an online invitation went out to protest solidarity with Ferguson demonstrators. The creators of the event gave some specific rules of behavior for whites interested in joining. White folks were told to not participate in the hands up gesture that has become the symbol of the protests. Susanna Holmstrom, a woman who coordinated the event wrote â€œI understand wanting to show up and support, but white people need to understand that this symbolic act of raising your hands in a position of surrender is meant to illustrate how black people are violently targeted by police because of their race.â€
â€œIf you donâ€™t experience that, you should not mimic the gesture in an attempt at â€˜solidarity,â€™â€ she cautioned. â€œIt is centering yourself in a narrative that you cannot tell because of the protection your white privilege gives you.â€
It amazes me that people like this have the nerve to protest racism when it is them who are being racist. It seems that we are becoming more divided as a nation, and we are only hurting ourselves.