listen, my white friends

If we want to be in solidarity, to support change,
Our centuries-old vampirism must die.
Beyond the pale of empire’s pronouncements,
We need to stop feeding off the pain of others,
Stop sucking it up and spitting it back in our projects, our projections.
Your voice cannot undo its own violence. It can only stop continuing it.
So drive a stake through your tongue before you speak in public, and swallow your own blood, privately, and
Listen.

Listening, not offering your perspective, not taking up space, is the act of revolutionary solidarity that will change the status quo now. We have a multigenerational debt of attention to pay. This is not immaterial.

Show up, be fully present but stay out of the fucking spotlight. You accomplish this by putting your ego aside and listening, quietly, intentionally. It’s quite simple, so why do so many of us find it so hard?

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