Writes Clarissa Nickerson Fourman: "We don’t want to hear from you, the White saviors, about how hard life is for Black and Brown people. Take a step back and let those Black and Brown people speak and occupy those spaces."

"Perhaps if more of our community spoke with the boldness of Dr. Cha-Jua and those like him, then being seen as radical would be normalized and not considered an anathema in our space," Bethel AME Pastor Terrance Thomas writes.

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