Dear White People

Mattias Lehman


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Dear White People,

For the next few days, stop talking about Ferguson. I’m not saying don’t engage with it, but stop dominating the conversation. Stop your stupid protests with your stupid chants, and your stupid rants against “fascism” and a “police state”, because this is not about you.

It is important that the words that define issues of race be penned by blacks, not whites. Don’t worry, we can handle talking about racial bigotry; we have a lifetime of experience *living* it. Plenty of us are pretty smart; people literally pay me to put words on (e-)paper and I’m told I do a decent job of it.

So if you happen to think you can talk about Ferguson better than the people of color around you, or in a way that provides some unique insight, go ahead…

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