Interrupting whiteness

When white people are presented with racist comments, while in the presence of all-white groups, whose responsibility is it to speak for those not present? 

To dig a little deeper, what restricts white people from speaking up for those not present, when racist comments are made?

White privilege asserts itself in many places, but especially in all-white spaces. Is it possible that a white person in an all white space, who speaks against racism, perceives they may risk loss of their privilege in that space? Do white people need to protect their white privilege in the presence of other white people? If resistance to a perceived risk to our white privilege silences us, instead of advocating for marginalized people, then we purposefully choose to protect our white privilege. 

If we believe racism is wrong, yet we keep silent, we’ve chosen white privilege.

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