Go ahead. The rest of us will know where to focus our efforts and conserve energy, for every barrier compels the creative flow of infinite solutions.
Look away from the whole long history of racial injustice and make noisy, anemic stories about its irrelevance. The rest of us will know where to lean in with strong love.
Turn away or go after those who do not swallow your stories. The rest of us will know you’re not ready. Growth is the hardest part, and our comfort zones fit well.
Carry on with your noisy cleaving of the rest of us into parts, so we will know how far to stand back and insulate our softest parts.
Wisdom watches quietly, from just outside your reach. That’s how we will be safe enough and well-prepared, so that when you fall, exhausted, we can try again.
You are noisy and dangerous, but you are fallible, and though I wish you no harm, I do want to see your narratives fall down with you. Cling to old, rigid constructs if you must, but they’ve been crumbling for some time now.
There is no back and forth, no answer to racism.
There is only racism, and the systematic eradication of racism through focused, radical action borne of bold morality. And each of us, peering onto the landscape of meaningful work, from all angles of the issue — every issue, are going to make it more nourishing despite your best efforts.