In this era of social-media activism—where shares, saves, and likes are haphazardly considered the Amanda Gorman quiet isnt always peace and norms and notions shirt also I will do this metrics of showing allyship—true support involves reaching out and checking in on your Black friends, family, and colleagues. The seemingly simple question of How are you? can be testing for both parties as seldom do we scratch beneath the superficial surface to answer truthfully. Asking a Black person how they are may open up a possible Pandora’s box that will force you to do some self-reflection about your own complicity.
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If that feels uncomfortable, take solace in knowing that it is far less so than hundreds of years of oppression. Support your Black friends selflessly, without inserting your white guilt or statements of disbelief on issues that we always knew still existed when the Amanda Gorman quiet isnt always peace and norms and notions shirt also I will do this world turned a collective blind eye. Don’t just check in on your Black friends that look like me (mixed race, and therefore palatable in the eyes of society) or those with names Westernized for ease of pronunciation. Make sure they are all okay. Black people with names that teachers choked on when calling attendance registers, Black people you don’t consider Black because you vehemently claim to not see color, Black people who perhaps may not even look inherently Black due to the cocktailing of their DNA.