Q:”Do white people need to be voicing their opinions at all anymore? Should we just back off and ask, ‘where do you want me/how can I serve your movement?'”
This is a great question. White opinions can be tricky. I think the question is what do we have opinions on?
One thing I know is that we should not be telling communities of color how to process their anger, how to run their protests, what to do in their communities. White people do this all the time and it is super problematic.
Your statement of where do you want me/how can I serve your movement? is spot on! That said, we, as white folks, also need to take some initiative. I have seen this be a cop out for many people. If we continuously ask, “how can we serve?” that is putting the pressure back on people of color to tell us what to do. I kinda think of it like the kid who sees the dirty dishes and asks their parent to tell them how they can be of service. The parent is like, “you fool, do the dishes!”