Just seeing this now but I remember this in the group and I'm with you, Kristi. It was misdirected rage, but obviously a lot has happened a lot since then. I've been to two protests and about to go to a third and as much conversation there is about nuance, the point is that, maybe, not a lot is going to come from conversation. I chanted things in a protest I would have never thought to chant before:

"Hey, hey, ho, ho these racist cops have got to go!"

"No justice! No peace! No racist! Police!"

I definitely think about it more when I get home, but clear substantive change happens, I think, just from the pressure it puts and the action that drives a conversation. When the protests initially began I thought I was doing enough fighting racism in my day to day work (teaching at an all-black, high poverty school) until I realized it wasn't. I didn't know what to think, what to believe, until I realized it was best to step aside and just listen.

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