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Speaking Up > Staying Silent

Yesterday I posted on Instagram sharing my thoughts on the severe injustice happening in the United States, particularly racism against black people.

I’ve felt exhausted watching the news but it is NOTHING compared to the exhaustion of their suffering for hundreds of years without a change. If your social media feeds this weekend have been filled people sitting in their privilege and posting photos of pool parties or relaxing with fancy takeout, rather than using their online real estate to raise their voice and take a stand, you are either frustrated like me or part of the problem. If you haven’t taken a scroll through Twitter or don’t know the differences between the peaceful protests and the racist riots happening around the country, please read on and educate yourself.

What has been going on in the US in regard to race is NOT ok and we all (read: WHITE PEOPLE) need to do our part to speak up. Don’t ask your black acquaintances how they’re feeling, don’t as them how you can help. The onus is on YOU to educate yourself and create change. If the unacceptable murders of black people are *just now* at the top of your mind due to current news, truly sit and acknowledge that the fear of this reality is *always* at the top of mind their mind.

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor”

Desmond Tutu

This week, I’ve been trying to come up with the words I want to say to talk about this issue and keep deleting and retyping sentences. Instead of figuring out the most “perfect” post, below find some resources to take action (all found on social media, shared by POC, or by simple Google searches — again, it is not acceptable to ask POC to explain to you the issues of racism in today’s society). I’m also including some of my saved Instagram posts which better articulate my sentiments and the sources of where I am furthering my knowledge of the deep injustices in this country and the world.

Let’s speak up. Even if those around us seem to agree, or *majority* of your friends are already speaking up too, changing even one person’s view on race is worth the fight.

Every day, I pray for the safety my fiancé Elorm, who loves me unconditionally and works relentlessly for our future. He is a determined and accomplished professional, goes to church every week and prays at home, is amazing and silly with kids, is my workout buddy and motivation, and has the biggest smile in the world; it scares me to think anyone could see him as anyone else. I pray for all of those who live in fear of racism and senseless actions against them every day, that they one day may not carry that burden. This is why I’m speaking up.  🖤 #blacklivesmatter

The only way to change the situation is to continue to educate ourselves (and journal about and talk about) and put in the work, standing up to injustice. Below are some resources, many shared in the larger bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES document compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein in May 2020.

Books to Read

Here’s my GoodReads bookshelf on books about race that I’ve read and that are on my personal list to read regarding race, and some I’ve already read: bit.ly/racebooks I would love additional suggestions, too.

Things to Watch

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Insecure
  • King In The Wilderness  — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix

Podcasts to Listen To

1619 by the New York Times, About Race, Code Switch by NPR, Pod Save the People.

Accounts to Follow

Donate

Put your money where your mouth is and donate to antiracism organizations such as the ones listed and others.

“White privilege doesn’t mean your life hasn’t been hard. It means your skin tone isn’t one of the things making it harder.”

@courtneyahndesign on Instagram

White people will fail in their attempts to be good allies, and they need to prepare for this in advance. This is critical to their path of becoming an anti-racist person. Black people are not expecting perfection from white people. We know it is not a question of if they will mess up but when they will mess up. What I have been saying over and over is, when white people mess up, what will they do then? Will they retreat? Will they give up? Will they lash out? Will they push blame onto others? Or will they use this as an opportunity to learn what not to do and commit to doing better?”

Leslie Mac, activist and community organizer; in Refinery29 article Black People Need Stronger White Allies — Here’s How You Can Be One

Want more? Check out “75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice

By Corinne Shutack via Medium

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