to be a victim of injustice hurts hard. To be a victim of indifference hurts deeper and longer,” writes Black American author Danté Stewart (2022). True, the unspeakably horrific injustices that BIPOC have faced in US history are legion, but it's the indifference, the interminable out-of-hand dismissals, that we BIPOC consistently face that are at times harder to bear. As I prepped for my response to the 2022 American Musicology Society–Society for Music Theory session We've Always Been Here: Black Disabled Musicians and the Academy, which featured a keynote by Leroy Moore, I thought of white agency and the simple fact that, among all marginalized and minoritized groups, only we BIPOC cannot exert that agency. Thus women, LGBTQ+, disabled folks, and other marginalized and minoritized white persons have a way to be heard, a platform from which to plead their case to existing power structures within a...

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