Thanks, Marley! Another nail on the head essay.
In case you don’t know her, you should take a look at Koritha Mitchell. She talks about how black and brown people should protect themselves from white mediocrity and the self-deception/psychosis involved in convincing themselves of ‘leadership’ despite the absence of merit. She focuses on black women and really gets at the truth. Also, she offers this fact: that when we remind each other that ‘merit’ has nothing to do with white achievement, we participate in self-care.
I’ve found her really helpful because she acknowledges that when people are truly oppressed, they must take care of themselves because the larger social context is favoring the dominant group at the expense of the oppressed group.