Post # 1
So this question is mainly for black bees on the board. Is it okay for white people to use the phrase Rest in Power? I was going to post something regarding John Lewis’s death on social media and was tempted to use the phrase but then hesitated because I don’t want to be appropriating a phrase that is not really meant for me. Thoughts?
Post # 2
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
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
If it is used appropriately, I don’t see why not.
Post # 6
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 # 7
@j_jaye: I understand it is used in the LGBTQ community, especially the trans community, but I think the origins are with the black community unless I am mistaken.
I know what you mean by being performative, and I’m not sure whether or not what I’m doing is performative so I haven’t posted anything in the end.
I just think Rest in Power is such a lovely way of expressing that you are not just mourning a person, but the political significance of their actions and an ongoing struggle.
Post # 8
Thanks for the input all, was wondering about other people’s thoughts/feelings!
Post # 9
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
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!!