So Rihanna posts #FreePalestine, gets pushback from right wing racists, & deletes her post. Amar’e Stoudemire, Waka Flocka, Dwight Howard, Tyrese, Swizz Beatz, & Rihanna went with their conscience & posted about Palestine. Some got scared & deleted. These celeb posts point to something (even deleted ones). While their posts aren’t transformational and surely don’t smash apartheid, it highlights a slight shift in discourse. Another issue, I don’t find it useful to flood feeds & bash these celebs for deleted posts. We know what they thought before they were harassed. Let’s build on our end. Look how Talib Kweli was positively engaged. He listened, asked questions, reflected, cancelled & continues to speak up for justice in Palestine.
I just love love love the carefully constructed language here. It’s all about what you can do, because you have choices and options and complete control. It’s not about what you have to do or should do. Such an important distinction for survivors.