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Asking questions is an opportunity for connection

Asking questions is an opportunity for connection Asking questions is an opportunity for connection
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So after this listing of don'ts, what's the do? I'm not sure. Try listening, maybe. Hear what is being said. And remember that it's not about you. American Blacks are not telling you that you are to blame. They are just telling you what is. If you don't understand, ask questions. If you're uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway. It's easy to tell when a question is coming from a good place. Then listen some more. Sometimes people just want to feel heard. Here's to possibilities of friendship and connection and understanding.

Listening is so crucial. Be sincere in that above all. However, I would offer an additional bit of advice for those with friends or family that take part in activism. I say that because...You may only have one black friend. And that friend may be many white folks' only black friend. When we ask for help what we are really doing is acknowledging our own privilege. Because honestly, if we were paying attention and listen from the start we wouldn't still be confused.

By indielist | 15/06/2020

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