Apparently East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue is now a holy place for Africans. The POX have even put up a sign to commemorate St. Floyd’s overdose and ascension:
“Decenter yourself and come to listen, learn, mourn, and witness. Remember you are here to support, not to be supported.”
“Be mindful of whether your volume, pace, and movements are supporting or undermining your efforts to decenter yourself. Seek to contribute to the energy of the space, rather than drain it. Bring your own processing to other white folks so that you will not harm BIPOC (black, Indigenous and people of color).
“Consider if you want or need to take photos and post them. Do not take photos of other people without their consent.”
“If you witness white folks doing problematic things, speak up with compassion to take the burden off of Black folks and our siblings of color whenever appropriate. Seek to engage rather than escalate, so that it can be a learning moment rather than a disruption.”
As an Indigenous sibling of color, I’d certainly appreciate it if you white folks would take off your shoes before entering this sacred space. Watch out for the needles, though.