The “race-baiter” who has sparked the most controversy at an event on Saturday is an activist who was once a member of a racist party and who used the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.
“It’s just like ‘I hate Black people, I’m going to attack them,'” said Marissa A. Davis, who works at the National Urban League and is a member for Black Lives Matter.
“So I’m just going to use that.
And the more people use that, the more it becomes a conversation.”
Davis, a member at the Black Youth Project 100 chapter in Dallas, said her activism has come to represent a new movement in which people are no longer afraid to be critical of a system they feel unfairly oppresses people of color.
“I’ve always been an activist.
It’s not like I never had an opinion.
I think I’m an activist,” she said.
She added: “It takes some getting used to.
You have to accept that it’s not always going to be okay.”
The Dallas chapter has become an unofficial voice for people who say they feel the need to challenge what they consider unjust social structures.
But the hashtag has also led to a backlash from white activists who have condemned the group for using the hashtag and for engaging in a “war of words” against people of colour.
“The thing is, the way you get the word out, that’s what people don’t know, is that I’ve been called a ‘racist’ and a ‘bigot’ and I’ve had people call me names,” Davis said.
“There’s no one saying you’re a racist if you’re not saying you don’t care about race, but the fact is, it’s the way people are talking about race that’s going to get them hurt.”
A Twitter account with the name “The Real Marissa Davis” has over 2,000 followers.
She said she does not consider herself a racist.
“In fact, I think people are using this hashtag to be able to get a message across to other people, that there is a problem out there, and it’s systemic,” Davis told the AP in an interview from her home in Texas.
“And if that message isn’t getting through to other communities, if it’s getting through with people who are not interested in it, then it’s just a sign that the system is broken.”
Davis said she had to do a lot of research to find a way to use the hashtag to spread her message, which includes focusing on police brutality.
“You have to be very conscious of what you’re doing because people are going to react to it,” she told the Associated Press.
“If it gets to a point where people see it as a ‘race-bait’ campaign, they’re going to start to question it.”
The account has since been shut down.
“People are not going to understand,” she added.
“A lot of people are scared.”
Davis was born in Texas and grew up in Louisiana.
She graduated from high school in the city of New Orleans, but later attended a community college in Austin.
She has also worked for the nonprofit organization People of Color Rising, and was a member from the time she attended a Black History Month event at the Texas A&M University campus.
“When I graduated, it was a really interesting experience,” Davis recalled.
“Because I wasn’t going to the sorority anymore.
I was going to a college where I was not allowed to be.”
“I think the idea that we should be talking about something that is not really the problem, but that’s not really a concern that needs to be addressed is the thing that is really troubling,” Davis continued.
“What’s not important is that we are not talking about that.
We need to be focusing on what’s really going on, what’s being said. “
But I have to point out that that’s just part of the problem.
We need to be focusing on what’s really going on, what’s being said.
We are not focusing on the people who disagree with us, we are focusing on those who are being attacked.”
Davis is also a graduate of Texas A & M University.
She is a volunteer at the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, where she said she hopes to help build an activist presence on campus.
Davis has said that she does consider herself an activist and that she wants to bring awareness to the “unfair” ways that police and the justice system operate.
But she said her most important mission has always been to build a “better society.”
“It really does matter what I believe, what I feel, and who I am,” she explained.
“That’s what really matters.
It doesn’t matter how I’m dressed, what language I speak, what people look like.
It matters to me.”
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