I’ve been attending a racial accountability workshop for white people recently. This week, we were discussing the recent shootings among the Asian American community in Atlanta.
As people voiced their grief and outrage, I said something like: “Don’t get too discouraged! Violent crime has been decreasing in the U.S. for decades now.” In some ways, it’s a tone-deaf thing to say. Declining crime doesn’t mean much to those who have just been murdered, of course.
What I meant is: it’s on privileged folks like me to keep the collective hope alive. The more folks like me can take responsibility for keeping that flame alive, the more those truly suffering can just be with their pain.
Part of anti-oppression accountability for me is being present to the pain that others have to deal with every day that I don’t. And part of it is harnessing the energies that are more available to me due to my privilege.