I usually try to stay away from hot button topics like religion, politics or even social justice issues but the culmination of recent events, however, makes it nearly impossible to hold that line.
We keep hearing the same stories with pretty much the same outcomes.
Sometimes that makes it hard to not lose hope especially when one is surrounded by the unrelenting chaos and darkness oppression can bring. It can truly seem like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.
George Floyd. Heather May. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Sean Reed. Tony McDade. Tamir Rice. Sandra Bland. Walter Scott. Terrence Crutcher. Trayvon Martin. Oscar Grant. Philando Castile. Eric Garner. Samuel Dubose. And so many many more whose names need to be heard. Exactly how many more can we be touched by, grieve for, and yet see no paradigm shift for national change?
Those questions and more can feel beyond overwhelming leaving you wondering what YOU can do?
In the words of Desmod Tutu, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
Now’s not a time to remain silent or “neutral” or be overly concerned with making someone uncomfortable. Without having a dialogue, big or small, whether that be on a blog or on a national stage, conversations need to be had. Some will be easy, some won’t, but if we as citizens in a democratic society—regardless of political identities—don’t deal with the flaws of our union, police brutality, discrimination, inequality, injustices, etc., we’ll never be the more perfect union our founding fathers’ envisioned.
Please don’t only be an ally when someone is watching.
Share relevant resources and information online. Confront your racist/bigoted friends and relatives. Donate to protestor bail funds or grassroots organizations. Attend protests and other demonstrations (where safe). Speak up when you see someone saying or doing something racist/bigoted. Actively educate yourself on current issues and how systemic racism functions and spreads in society. Actively unlearn conscious or unconscious racist beliefs programmed by society. Be introspective. Exercise compassion and empathy.
Action comes from all of us working together to create a long-overdue change. ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿
- Check out this Black Lives Matter link with a plethora of ways to help
- Educate yourself by watching some poignant movies about the African American experience (you can check out some of my recommendations from a previous article – 7 Movies to Watch During Black History Month)
- Expand your horizon by reading some books by African American authors. Antoinette Scully from Black and Bookish has an incredibly comprehensive list.
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