Dear Allies, Here’s Why You Must Not Invade Our BIPOC Spaces

Sometimes, we have to be our own gatekeepers.

Lola Rosario
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11 min readMay 19, 2024


Our histories cling to us. We are shaped by where we come from.
~ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Feminist, Poet, and Renowned Novelist

Everyone has heritage. And culture. And her [his] story.

Certainly, they are all valid and wondrous in their unique ways. I’m not here to attack our dominant culture allies because I understand they are a necessary component of our collective struggle — the one that we, as Black, Brown, and Indigenous peoples, continue to fight every day of our lives.

However, our allies must acknowledge and accept that their presence at BIPOC-centered and BIPOC-only events is disruptive, harmful and I’ll take the liberty of adding, disrespectful. Of course, some folks reading this will say I should have written ‘can be’ instead of ‘is.’ And while that might be true — each case is different, not every event is entirely exclusive, plus we are not a monolith — the point of this post is to once again draw attention to our needs as communities of color.

Creative Release

When I received the Poetry Society of New York’s (PSNY) February invite to their workshop, [SPEAKING IN NON-ENGLISH]