They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Never has that been more evident than now, as droves of woke, white-privileged Americans attend protests in the name of “racial justice.” Isn’t it ironic that they pretend to fight racism by reaffirming the lines of black v. white, a world seen (and judged) through skin color? The simple truth is that these people are not fighting racism: they attend these demonstrations to feel better about themselves and show everyone just how virtuous they are.

You see, a movement such as “Black Lives Matter” is intrinsically racist, just like the term “white privilege.” It’s impossible to claim we are all equals and that you are blind to skin color when you restate, time and again, the differences. You would think such a concept would be easy to understand yet clearly, it is not. And thus you have people mindlessly demanding racial equality through disparate treatment. An oxymoron at best, evil at worst. They support BLM’s demands, which have nothing to do with racial justice and everything to do with far-left, radical political ambitions, without thinking that, in the end, those policies will hurt the black and minority communities the most. Why should they care? They will all go back to their safe communities where they will be able to call police if they feel threatened.

I wouldn’t care about the hypocritical virtue-signaling if it didn’t have real ramifications on racial relations. I’m not even talking about the destruction of black communities during the riots, something even the KKK never did, or the calls for defunding police for the communities that need it the most, but about the degradation that this movement is about. There is this condescension that the black community somehow needs these white folks to kneel and publicly declare their support for BLM and its radicalism. The message is that black people can’t do anything on their own without the help of white people. Take the message that “white privilege” clearly conveys, which is that being black is a disadvantage, not nearly as great as having the privilege of being white. Or that, by supporting a movement born out of the unfortunate and deplorable death of a man committing a crime, the white community again defines the black community in terms of its criminals. They don’t exalt the greatness of people like Dr. Carson, Thomas Sowell, Gen. Brown, Burgess Owens, Simone Biles or any of today’s other great black Americans, many of them, people who rose from extreme poverty and adversity.

These demonstrations are the easy way out. Like the white woman in Loudoun who organized a demonstration because she was so overcome with grief she didn’t know what else to do. Well, I’ll tell you what she and everyone else on the same boat can do: volunteer to help the disadvantaged (which, in your community, may be Hispanic or white), donate to the poor, maybe even befriend people outside your social circle. Do things to unite, not to divide.

I’m not black. I am a Puerto Rican, born and raised, who has been subjected to her fair share of discrimination, just as most Puerto Ricans probably have been. Humans, by nature and not just in the U.S., discriminate for other immutable characteristics as well, such as speaking with an accent, having slanted eyes, or even having a skin color that is neither black, nor white. Few people have been angrier at the demonstrations, the censoring, and the shaming than those of us on the fence, looking down at both the “white privilege crowd” and the radical extremist BLM crowds. These two groups are the reason we have a problem in this country. It’s not the white cop in Minneapolis who will be dealt with by our justice system, one I pray will be fair. The problem is those who perpetuate racist stereotypes, excuse criminal behavior in the name of “fairness,” and silence those who dare express an opinion contrary to theirs. So, as you pat yourself on the back for attending that demonstration or for threatening other people’s livelihood online because they refuse to take on your cause, know that those who are doing absolutely nothing because they refuse to see the world through the lens of racism are doing much more than you will ever do.

Gloria Carlineo is a retired attorney living the life in the mountains of Shenandoah County, Virginia. She is originally from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.