So…friends of mine who have heretofore had the luxury of being “largely apolitical” are asking me “this is so bad, what can I do?”

I am the wrong person to ask. My privilege has insulated me so, so much.

I am known to have a huge mouth and to care, though, so I guess that makes me the person they feel safe asking.

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And here’s a link on what to know and how to hopefully keep yourself safe while attending protests: teenvogue.com/story/how-to-pre

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And finally, what I’ve settled on saying is: “Use your privilege to boost the voices of those who have less. Don’t make them do emotional labor for you. Always punch up, not down or lateral.”

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“Be a shield, not a weapon. Shields don’t yell about how great they are. They simply, quietly protect. Let go of needing to be acknowledged for the bare minimum of decency.”

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“Self-care is necessary. Educate yourself about the issues, don’t wait to be told. Understand that it has ALWAYS been like this, now technology means even YOU can see it.”

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I’m sure there’s more. When we hear other things allies should do, we’ll listen and boost.

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And remember, nothing is “apolitical.” Being privileged enough to largely ignore the mailed fist is political in and of itself.

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