Can white people say Rest in Power

posted 3 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
82 posts
Worker bee

I’m white, so not exactly the audience you were trying to reach. BUT since I work in marketing, I can’t help but respond. 

I love it! In fact, I think “Rest in Power” is a wonderful way to honor him and celebrate his legacy.


Post # 3
9161 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

Well first off the term isn’t solely used by the black community. It is also used by the LGBTIQ+ community.

Secondly I think it is important to reflect on why you want to use a certain phrase (not just this particular one) when it comes to a minority group. Is the use performative? Does it need to be used to express what you want to express?

Post # 4
1185 posts
Bumble bee

If it is used appropriately, I don’t see why not. 

Post # 5
10602 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

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@j_jaye:  That’s a great question!

Post # 6
909 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2020

I haven’t heard this phrase yet, but it sounds like it’s a nice way to honor those on marginalized groups who focused their life on making a difference. Is that right? If so, I think it sounds like anyone can use the phrase to the groups, but it just shouldn’t be used on people not in a marginalized group. Kinda like how anyone can use #BLM when showing support.

Post # 9
891 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

If you just say “R.I.P.” then no one will know what you mean it to stand for, so you won’t have to worry about offending anyone. But maybe your point IS to let people know. 

Post # 10
847 posts
Busy bee

As a Black Bee i dont see it necessarily just culturally meaningful. More so acknowledging the power and/or image of power the person had while living and acknowledging that the legacy lives on after death. I think that goes for anyone!! 

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