- so aptly put by my friend Reya Mellicker…
#racisimisavirus - Yes, I’m #angry too. Beyond #outraged. So fucking #tired for my brown & black brothers & sisters. I’ve been quiet so I can grieve (more) & process, & find a way to #respond to this situation rather than react.
If you are white, please read. Please stand in your power/privilege & vow to be an ally, to be actively anti-racist in your life. If you’re not sure what that means, or where to begin, DON’T ask your black & brown friends (if you have any). It is not their responsibility to help you sort this out. They’re beyond tired & these conversations can be triggering. Do your research, there are a ton of resources out there.
If you don’t understand why people are #rioting, why people are beyond pissed at this point, I invite you to wake up to the #truth. The fact is this country was built on #stolenland off the #blood, #sweat, & #tears of #stolenpeople. This country was built on #GENOCIDE. This #ugliness has always been here, since inception. This is nothing new. It’s just all coming out in the open now because of the Internet. Do your own #research. Howard Zinn’s ‘A People’s History of the United States’ is a great, extensive resource, but there are plenty.
If you are #white, & you think you understand #racism, but don’t understand why people are rioting: Imagine how it feels to be #black or #brown & have to live with this #sorrow & #rage, watching your people treated as less than human, oppressed, abused, & murdered again & again, generation after generation after generation for over 400 years. Just really take a moment to imagine that, & feel those feelings. Just for a moment. And then, guess what? You’re not a person of color, so you get to go on being white, where this is not your #reality! People of color live with it every second of every day. Imagine that pressure. Living while black.
Speak up, be purposefully & intentionally #antiracist. Speak out to the white people you know who perpetuate this system of oppression - acquaintances, coworkers, family members, even strangers on the streets. Call it out! Maybe this one story opened your eyes. What can you say to them to get through? How can you help them see themselves in others? If you have the opportunity for a real conversation, how can you frame questions to really get them to consider how they would feel? Coming at them aggressively or like you’re preaching will put them on the defensive & prevent them from absorbing your message. Be effective in your communication. Thank you for taking a stand. Don’t forget.