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Sami Schalk
Thread for my white friends (of all genders) Content: Sexual violence, racism There is a racial divide on social media regarding
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Sami Schalk Jan 5
Replying to @DrSamiSchalk
Most black folks I know have posted about the docuseries in the last few days (thankfully black people in my networks are expressing support of the victims of sexual abuse & coercion though their posts suggest to me that is not the case with their entire friends network)
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Sami Schalk Jan 5
Replying to @DrSamiSchalk
In contrast, nearly all white folks I know are not even acknowledging the docuseries, the conversation, nothing. This divide/contrast reminds me that white people are not required to know what’s happening to and among black folks.
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Sami Schalk Jan 5
Replying to @DrSamiSchalk
Yet black folks always know what’s happening with white people—it’s essential for our survival. So to every white I know who posted, raged and bemoaned the events surrounded Dr. Blasey Ford’s testimony and the appointment:
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Sami Schalk Jan 5
Replying to @DrSamiSchalk
Where is your outrage for the many black girls & women who have been victims of R. Kelly for years? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, ask yourself why. Why are you not hearing about these black women’s stories which we’ve been talking about for years (see )?
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Sami Schalk Jan 5
Replying to @DrSamiSchalk
Why do we not have national rallies and speakouts for black women & girl survivors? Why is our pain less visible, less believed, less publicized, less cared about? And how are you complicit in this?
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Sami Schalk Jan 5
Here’s what I want white allies to do: 1. Go read about or watch the docuseries if you have access (via link below) 2: Stop listening to his music: hit skip on , change the radio, delete him off your .
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Sami Schalk Jan 5
Replying to @DrSamiSchalk
3. Talk to people in your networks about the docuseries and R. Kelly’s well-documented, long-standing & continuing abuse of black girls & young women.
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Sami Schalk Jan 5
4. Increase your exposure to black activists & intellectuals, especially black feminists on social media so next time something like this emerges, you’ll be part of the convo from the start. I recommend: to start
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Sami Schalk Jan 5
Replying to @DrSamiSchalk
Addendum: I want to respond to the multiple folks who have mentioned to me their fear of speaking against a black man as a white person & their fears of being .
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Sami Schalk Jan 5
Replying to @DrSamiSchalk
Is your fear of being called racist stronger than your desire to fight for black women and girls? Is your allyship about not appearing racist or about fighting injustice?
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Sami Schalk Jan 5
Replying to @DrSamiSchalk
Many who have expressed this anxiety are folks I respect & consider on my “side” in the grand scheme of making this world better, but I think it’s worth exploring how liberal white guilt can impede action.
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Sami Schalk Jan 5
Replying to @DrSamiSchalk
Many of the folks with this concern are people I’ve seen be vocal about sexual violence by white men so choosing to not be vocal about sexual violence by black men, leaving that to black women only (even as we speak out against sexually violent white men too) is concerning.
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Sami Schalk Jan 5
Replying to @TaranaBurke
Your place is on the side of justice & if someone says “you’re being racist against this black man” you can pull all your receipts of continued engagement with & the intersectional fight against all sexual violence perpetrated by all people (led by )
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Sami Schalk Jan 5
Replying to @DrSamiSchalk
There are also ways we can speak out against this violence without demonizing perpetrators, by acknowledging the complexities of multiply marginalized lives & our own vexed positions, while still insisting that what’s wrong is wrong.
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Sami Schalk Jan 5
Replying to @DrSamiSchalk
When you fear being called out/in more than doing/saying what you know is right (but maybe not knowing the best way to do it), complicity and complacency win over. I hope white allies read this as a call in, a conversation among comrades to challenge each other to be better.
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Sami Schalk Jan 5
Replying to @DrSamiSchalk
I hope you would each do the same for me when I fuck up or miss the mark. Because I do. I will again. We have to be in this together, not for our reputations, not for appearance, but for actual radical change to .
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Sami Schalk Jan 5
Replying to @DrSamiSchalk
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Sami Schalk Mar 2
Replying to @DrSamiSchalk
If you enjoyed this thread, consider following me for more feminist, anti-racist, anti-ableist threads, rants, & general sass.
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Judy Lynch Jan 6
Replying to @DrSamiSchalk @waaalou
I am a 4 decades long white woman. I’m watching the docuseries with the same outrage and disgust regarding sexual abuse and pedophilia I always experience and denounce. I don’t need to comment on social media to be counted as such.
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Tamara Hayes Jan 6
When POC ask for a favor, no need to feel defensive.
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Sami Schalk Jan 6
It’s amazing how many white women I don’t know take personal offense when I say most white women I know aren’t saying anything or have told me privately they are afraid to. If what I’m saying doesn’t apply to you why the defensiveness?
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Tamara Hayes Jan 6
Srsly though, one would hope that we are far enough evolved that we don't need to notall reply to anything. If not you then the message ain't for you, buttercup. I am always grateful for guidance on how to be a better human.
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Tamara Hayes Jan 6
Also, I'm sorry so many take it personally.
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