White protesters joining Michael Brown demonstrations in Toronto this week were told to stay away from the center of attention and to serve as human shields between black protesters and the police.
“WHITE/NON BLACK ALLIES” were addressed in information disseminated by “Black Lives Matter” Toronto protest organizers in advance of demonstrations that began in the city Tuesday night after the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury exonerated police officer Darren Wilson.
“While we appreciate the solidarity shown by White and Non-Black POC, want to remind folks of some things: Please refrain from taking up space in all ways possible. Remember that you are there in support of black folks, so should never be at the centre of anything,” the rules stated.
“Refrain from speaking to the media. Black voices are crucial to this.”
“Stand behind black folks or between us and the police.”
“If you see a cop harassing a black person, come in and engage. (chances are they are least likely to arrest you),” the rules stated.