Over the past couple of weeks, we've read about the deaths of non-Black men of color. The Bar pours a sip for Tommy Le, Zachary Bearheels, and for the unnamed youth referenced in the above video.
And whenever I post this sort of news on Facebook, Black people are empathetic (cuz Lawd knows we understand), but we are wary at the same time. We want to know: what will this particular non-Black POC community do? One commenter was concerned about the expectation that Black people should be the attack dogs, and go fight their battles for them.
So you can understand why this video makes me feel so damn proud right now. Aunt Jocelyn did not come to play with these reporters. She went all out. She checked off every point on the list - the condescending tone, the privilege, the fragility, the damsel in distress, the disregard for historical as well as recent events - she laid them them out.
And now she's got people on the internet calling her a racist (seriously, Google Jocelyn Wabano-Iahtail), and on a thread for Native Americans on Reddit, commenters were saying she shouldn't have ranted about White people while White people were actually in the room...bitch what???
POC fam, this is why Black people get so frustrated and hesitate to back you up in these situations. Some of y'all want those attack dog results without having to do any actual attacking. Meanwhile, Aunt Jocelyn just showed everybody how it's done - to their face. Don't just write think pieces, share links, and hold candlelight vigils - when you get an opportunity like this to let people know, you better let them know. Especially if it's White people, and especially when we're talking about Canada, because some people have gotten into their heads that Canada is some sort of utopia where POC don't experience racism and discrimination. Um...no.
I didn't know there was a Turtle Island or that Indigenous youth were dying there. Now I know. Now we all know. I started typing "Turtle Island" in my search box and "turtle island genocide" literally popped right up. Seriously.
So it's times like this when I feel all POC can benefit from some words of wisdom from the great Mr. Nancy:
If you give into your anger, it has a great way of curing you of your fear. Why do you think White people keep telling us to not get angry?