Ashleigh Shackelford had some interesting points when she posted this Facebook status that gathered a few shares and over 600 reactions. She posted about how people want you to go to marches, pay reparations (through the march company), and how it was basically all nonsense. Then she turned the post into a request for white people to send money directly to black people and skip the donation procedure through major companies.
She makes a great point, but then she makes a point that's not so great as well. Here's what she said, with commentary provided in between quotes. It has been censored with *'s as needed. A screenshot of her original post is found below the quote and commentary.
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Stop telling white folks to give reparations to organizations. F*CK THESE ORGANIZATIONS. THESE N*GGAS AINT PAYING FOLKS RENT OR MAKING SURE WE GOOD AFTER THEY ASK US TO PUT OUR BODIES ON THE LINE.
"Come to this march!" NO. Because you only want me for my labor, but you never have meetings or regular check ins about our well being. Because to ask people to be traumatized further, to publicly grieve, to engage in next level risk, and then have no debrief or replenishment after the fact is violent AF. Because half these orgs only got strategies for white violence before they got strategies to heal/ commune/ be accountable to Black folks.
That's a great point. The companies who organize marches probably take more of the money than they send to the cause they're marching for. Obviously there's costs involved and perhaps the money the cause gets wouldn't be there without the events that people host. There are definitely some shady companies who accept donations or host events and then the cause barely receives any of the money raised. We know how non-profits work. People claim they're not profiting, but give themselves a ridiculous salary. Since it's a salary, it's not profit. That's just the cost required for that particular person to work. No big deal. Everyone deserves a salary. But if someone claims to be non-profit and barely raises any funding for their cause, then that's when it's slightly shady or ineffective.
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Shackelford nails another point when she suggests the people organizing marches only want people for their labor. That's correct. If no one arrived at the marches, then the marches wouldn't earn any money for themselves or the cause. That's where one must determine if the event they're going to is worth spending money on. If she's talking about some of the recent events we've seen, where things become violent whenever counter protesters arrive, then she hits the nail on the head again. Going to those events is a risk to your health and sometimes it's a risk to your criminal record. Some people get arrested at the marches and events people host. Totally not worth it, right?
When people go to events and raise money for a cause or whatever is advertised, then these companies are NOT taking care of the marchers. Are they paying hospital or criminal defense tabs? Not likely. That's why it's often not worth going to support something that does not support you.
PAY INDIVIDUAL BLACK PEOPLE. GIVE MONEY TO N*GGAS ON THE STREET AND IN YOUR VICINITY. PAY BLACK PEOPLE FOR EVERY STATUS YALL SHARE. PAY BLACK PEOPLE FOR ALL THE BRILLIANCE YOU SIPHEN.
I SEE YALL GIVE MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF MONEY WHEN WE DIE. F*CK THAT. THIS IS MY EULOGY RIGHT NOW. I'M DYING RIGHT NOW. BLACK PEOPLE ARE DYING RIGHT NOW.
This is where it gets confusing. Does she want other people to pay black people? Or does she want the organizations to pay black people?
She mentions paying people for every status they share, but that doesn't seem likely to happen. Paying for brilliance is acceptable though. As long as places hire intelligent people, then they're paying for a quality employee. That's possible and there's also social influencer networks that people with large numbers of followers can join. Perhaps Shackelford should join an influencer network in which she actually does get paid for status updates. What she suggested literally already exists.
I'm not certain, but her last bit could be about people who donate to GoFundMe pages when people pass away. The way this could be restated is that everyone is technically passing away since they day they were born. It just takes a lot of years.
She makes an interesting point. Let's all give each other money now. Why wait until the sad day where we're gone. I can't disagree with that point. Send me some cash too!
Ashleigh Shackelford has made several controversial posts. She's currently taking criticism for a video that showed her calling all white people racist and labeling them as demons. The video, which we will have shortly (hopefully), is quite funny because she's preaching to a small amount of older white people as she tells them that they were essentially born racist. The white people in the crowd resemble statues who don't show any emotion or reaction to Shackelford's presentation.
PayPal has apparently blocked her account, which is the buzz we're seeing on the streets, aka, Twitter.