Ashleigh Shackleford, a prominent Black Lives Matter organizer has released a shocking statement claiming that nothing owned by white people is rightfully theirs and that it should be handed over to pay for the history of slavery.
She also says that any white people involved in Black Lives Matter should be willing to hand over their land, money, and possessions, or they are really not helping at all. She insists that “We need housing, transportation, food, clothes, free space for meetings and work space; we need laptops, cell phones, encrypted systems for communication, solar power and LAND. Stop playing.” And this is really what BLM is about.
Obviously, not all BLM activists are about “getting what they can”, but it is a strong theme in the movement. They fail to realize that the vast majority of Americans have at some point in their history have been exploited, black or white, it happened, and it’s time to move on.
The right to organize and protest injustice is a fundamental one in the US. All have the freedom to do so and all should take up this right when they see tyranny and injustice, but to use this platform to demand that hardworking folks hand over the land and possessions they have worked years to achieve is ridiculous. America promotes “equality of opportunity”. It may have been a long time coming, but the opportunity for every person to make of their lives what they will is here for all, regardless of color.
You may think that you work hard for your possessions, but Black Lives Matter organizer Ashleigh Shackelford thinks otherwise. In fact, she doesn’t think you own them at all.
Nothing you have is yours. Let me be clear: Nothing you have is yours. Also, Let me be see through: Reparations are not donations, because we are not your charity, tax write off, or good deed for the day. You are living off of stolen resources, stolen land, exploited labor, appropriated culture and the murder of our people. Nothing you have is yours.
Reparations for us are not only necessary because we are economically harmed, exploited and stolen from — while the violence against us is never acknowledged — but because in order for us to create and move work for Black liberation, it requires resources and MONEY. We live in a white supremacist capitalist world, so ain’t no spinning webs of lies around “money isn’t the answer.” It is because money and exploitation and power are interconnected concepts of violence. Y’all spent hundreds of years selling, mutilating, raping and beating our bodies and labor but you think money doesn’t matter to our freedom and liberation? Cute. Write me a check for this shade because it comes with 400 years of trauma.
We need housing, transportation, food, clothes, free space for meetings and work space; we need laptops, cell phones, encrypted systems for communication, solar power and LAND. Stop playing. Y’all really thought pulling up to the protest in your Hyundai was gonna be enough? Nah. You have to give us everything we need and more, because even if it means you go without — it doesn’t matter because that’s how we been living for 400+ years. Reparations will never be negotiable. So if you’re not willing to talk money, you are not here for #BlackLivesMatter as a movement or for us as individuals.
According to Shackelford, merely supporting Black Lives Matter isn’t enough, wants all of these things for free — likely because no one supporting the organization is willing to work to do it themselves.
Source: Wear Your Voice Mag
H/T: Truth and Action