TWELVE SUGGESTIONS ON BEING A WHITE DUDE PROTESTING IN CHARLOTTE THIS WEEK // 08.25.20

1)  SHOW UP AT MARSHALL PARK BY 8 PM
Get there early. Find a group of 7-8 with a clear POC leader. Listen closely, and run everything by them.

2)  CHANT LOUDLY 
Don’t lead chants. 

3)  BE SUSPICIOUS OF PHOTOGRAPHERS
If you have an umbrella and nothing better to do,  just open it in a lens’s direction. Those with cameras are far more likely to not be on your side, and are spinning their footage to radicalize fascists. Just don’t let them have it.
3A) WHAT IF IT’S A LIBERAL VIDEOGRAPHER???
    I don’t really care, who gives a shit; we’re about local, direct action; fuck your internet presence.

4)  HELP HOLD LINES, EVEN IF IT’S JUST AN INTERSECTION
It doesn’t matter if there are pigs around. Word on the street is the streets are ours, so if we want to hold a block, use your white body to make sure we hold the block. I know you want to stand with your buddies, but spread out a little bit. The privilege you enjoy as a white dude makes you so much less likely to be run over than anyone else. Use it.

5)  WHICH BRINGS ME TO: 
No cop is going to kill you in the streets this week. Just man the fuck up and stand in front of one. Try it. They’ll assault you, sure, but you’ll be stronger for it, and you’ll see what our siblings of color deal with daily, and throughout their entire lives. Put yourself in the same spaces you see them. Be a body.

6)  PEPPER SPRAY IS NOT SO BAD, THOUGH I BELIEVE IT SHOULD NEVER BE USED ON CREATURES
The other night someone lent me some goggles, because the pigs be steady pepper-spraying our asses. They’d been cleaned from a night previous, but some pepper spray residue had been lodged somewhere in the mask. As I wore them throughout the night, some pepper spray came off the mask and spread around my face. It fucking sucked. It made me more brave. Just get fucking pepper sprayed, dude. You’ll be good in like an hour, or tomorrow, whatever, just wear a shirt you don’t love and get pepper sprayed.
I got sprayed again, by the way, and it also sucked and I also lived.

7)  DON’T ENGAGE WITH THE JESUS SAVES DUDE
Don’t engage with the Jesus Saves dude.

8)  YOU ARE NOT ANYBODY’S SAVIOR
You’re not going to be the hero tonight, or maybe ever, any night. You’re going to need to get over that. Use your white body to help people of color stand in front of the pigs. Use your white body to put yourself between pigs and trans protesters. Use your white body to get your absolute ass kicked by a mouth full of pepper spray, instead of the kid next to you.
Other than that, chill out, and if you’re about to invade someone’s space, hesitate, and instead ask if they need help. If you think someone’s ass needs kissing, go ask your leader if they think their ass needs kicking. Usually at these things no one really needs their ass kicked. 
Be self-effacing, and use your strength and privilege only with permission, and always to protect and comfort the hurt and disenfranchised.

9)  DON’T GET CONFRONTATIONAL WITH PEOPLE OF COLOR PERIOD
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10)  MAYBE DON’T GET CONFRONTATIONAL AT ALL
The first point seems obvious. It is not your place. Shut the fuck up and listen.
The second: A protest is often a high-adrenaline environment, where strangers can butt heads more easily than usual. If you have a conflict with another person, try to keep it short. The movement doesn’t really have time for your crusade. And if you can, don’t fight. These protests are not about me, and they’re not about you. But if you have a conflict with another protester, try to heal that wound and make amends as quickly as possible. Unity among us is so much greater than anything these pigs think they have. 

11)  I DON’T KNOW IF IT IS LEGAL TO SAY, “EVERY WHITE DUDE SHOULD CONSIDER DECKING A COP” BUT A STATEMENT LIKE THAT DOES AT TIMES REFLECT MY BELIEFS
And if it doesn’t, well maybe you should just sit and investigate that.

12)  FUCK THE RNC, FUCK DONALD J. FRUMP, AND FUCK WHITE SUPREMACY IN ALL FORMS
Donald Frump is like literally the antichrist and if you don’t think that’s worth upsetting your Tuesday plans to stay up late and walk around uptown with us, then I think you’re a butt and I’ll tell you that to your face. It’s Marshall Park, 8:30 PM.