Huffington Post Writer To White Protesters: Ferguson Is ‘Not About You’

December 1, 2014

Huffington Post Writer To White Protesters: Ferguson Is ‘Not About You’

A Huffington Post blogger lashed out at white liberals for making a Michael Brown protest all about them and told white people angry about protest rules to leave black protests alone.

Organizers of a Black Lives Matter protest in Toronto this week distributed a list of protest rules including “Stand behind black folks or between us and the police”, and “If you see a cop harassing a black person, come in and engage. [Chances are they are least likely to arrest you].”(RELATED: White Michael Brown Protesters Told To Serve As Human Shields For Black Protesters).

But protester Eternity E Martis, a “Lifestyle writer, blogger, mixed-race feminist,” wrote an op-ed for Huffington Post Canada blasting white protesters for getting angry about the rules.

“Some of you decided to rage and whine on the Black Lives Matter protest Facebook group about how this was segregation, and how your life matters too, and how we should screw ourselves if we don’t want to include you. Well said, angry white people. But in case you haven’t realized, everything in the world is already about you,” Martis wrote.

Martis noted that the black community needs white allies but criticized white protesters in Toronto who did not move from their places at the center of the protest mob.

“If you’re having trouble with that, you either disliked having a black person tell you what to do, or you are so full of your white privilege that you didn’t feel you needed to move. After all, you got there first, right?,” Martis wrote. “If you don’t like being touched, then why are you in a shoulder-to-shoulder protest about solidarity? To feel better about yourself? Don’t chant about ‘no justice, no peace,’ when you’re very presence is why we have neither.”

“Stop infesting our Facebook groups and comment sections of our articles with your white whining. Stop making it about you. If you don’t like what we have to say, remember the things you’ve been able to say about us so explicitly — then leave us be,” Martis continued.

Martis had strong parting words for white protesters angry about the black-oriented nature of the protest.

“You’re just not cut out for this. We kinda expected better of you. It’s probably best that from now on, you just complain about our progress from afar.”


Video: Ferguson Protesters Rally Across US For Second Day


November 26, 2014

Officer Darren Wilson not out of the legal woods?

Protests took place across the nation for the second straight day in wake of a grand jury declining to indict Ferguson officer Darren Wilson on charges for killing 18-year-old Michael Brown in an August shooting.



Demonstrations in Ferguson quieted down Tuesday night into early Wednesday evening. There was not as much chaos in the town as there was Monday night after the announcement.

In California, Oakland protesters vandalized police cars, smashed windows at car dealerships, restaurants and convenience stores as well as setting fire to trash in the middle of city streets.

The crowd also shut down two major freeways before police forced the crowds to disperse.

Protesters in Los Angeles crowded U.S. 101 freeway barricading lanes stopping traffic. Police cornered the protesters on an overpass, but one protester managed to toss a barricade off the overpass onto the freeway.

Thousands of people marched in Manhattan gathering in Union Square and holding up traffic on FDR Drive, Williamsburg and Manhattan bridges and the Queens Midtown Tunnel.

Commissioner William Bratton said police were giving protesters “breathing room.”

“As long as they remain nonviolent, and as long as they don’t engage in issues that cause fear or create vandalism, we will work with them to allow them to demonstrate,” he said.

A car struck a pedestrian early Tuesday afternoon at a rally. The car then continued to burst through the pack of demonstrators. The driver called the police immediately after the incident. The woman suffered minor injuries.

Several hundred people marched down a Cleveland freeway ramp to block rush-hour traffic while protesting the Missouri developments and Saturday’s fatal shooting by an officer of 12-year-old Tamir Rice of Cleveland, who had a pellet gun that looked like a real firearm.

“The system wasn’t made to protect us,” said one of the protesters, 17-year-old Naesha Pierce. “To get justice, the people themselves have to be justice.”

Riot police arrested several demonstrators in St. Louis on Interstate 44 near the Edward Jones Dome. Protesters disrupted traffic for several hours before they were dispersed by police with pepper spray.

Several hundred people from historically black schools Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University in Georgia held peaceful demonstrations. But as the night wore on, some groups split off and tried to block a freeway, and police said some windows were broken.

Police said 21 people were arrested, mostly for failure to disperse when asked, but one person faces a weapons charge.

In Portland, Oregon, a rally drew about 1,000 people who listened to speeches then marched through downtown. A splinter group of about 300 people kept going, marching across a Willamette River bridge. Bus and light rail traffic was disrupted, and police used pepper spray and made several arrests.

The Associated Press contributed to this report