What It Means to Be a “Non-Black Ally” of Black Lives Matter – Separate and Unequal. - Granite Grok

What It Means to Be a “Non-Black Ally” of Black Lives Matter – Separate and Unequal.

Did you know that you can belong to Black Lives Matter only if you are Black? From the Black Lives Matter website:

Black Lives Matter began as a call to action in response to state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism. Our intention from the very beginning was to connect Black people from all over the world who have a shared desire for justice to act together in their communities. …

We are unapologetically Black in our positioning. …

… We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.

And this tweet from Ronelle Tsheila, one of the leaders of Black Lives Matter Manchester:

So, if you are not Black, you can be only an “ally” or a “comrade” of Black Lives Matter.

And not only do “non-Blacks” not belong, they have a junior status. Some screen-grabs from social media postings of Jordan Thompson, Director of Black Lives Matter Nashua.

The screen-grabs above involve Mr. Jordan reacting to pushback by “non-Black allies” against BLM for reprimanding Andru Volinsky for his treatment of Eddie Edwards’ nomination to lead a State agency (licensing).

Note Mr. Jordan’s position: “Non-Black allies” should not have their own opinions, or even question the opinions of Black Lives Matter.

The same sentiment from Ronelle Tsheila:

Ironically and sadly, this attitude is quintessentially racist – the worth of your opinion is determined by the color of your skin.