‘Be Quiet and Know Your Place’

If you want to be a good white ally then shut up and “know your place,” so says HuffPost’s Brandi Miller in her latest column.

In her article on Sunday titled, “If You Want To Be An Effective Ally, Be Quiet And Know Your Place,” Miller says white allies need to learn from the movie Black Panther and the “uncolonized African nation of Wakanda.”

“Wakanda doesn’t need allies,” Miller says. “While ‘Black Panther’ is almost entirely disinterested in validating the participation of whiteness in the story of T’Challa and the fate of Wakanda, it offers a model for how white people can resist the urge to simply be allies in the cause of justice and rather be useful without having to be center stage or praised.”

She says “white allies” need to give up their power and let people of color direct them on “how to be useful” in “fighting for the cause of justice.”

“The lesson of ‘Black Panther’ for white allies is this: They must learn to be the sidekick, to be at the fringe, to give up power, to have people of color in their ears directing them on how to be useful in fighting for the cause of justice,” she says.

At the end of her piece, Miller reluctantly acknowledges Wakanda is not actually a real place, but nonetheless says the…

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