I don’t think that the BLM movement is something that can be talked about enough. The murder of George Floyd may be what’s at the top of every news headline, but it’s sadly on a long list of many others. Breonna Taylor was killed by police in her own home while sleeping, Ahmaud Arbrey while out for a jog. Racism is real, racism is disgusting, and it’s long past time for racism to end.
Speaking out is so important. I’m definitely not as educated as I should be about the Black Lives Matter Movement, but I am making the effort to learn and stand up for what is right, as we all should. I know that recent events have sparked a lot of controversy and debate, so I am going to make where I stand on this issue very clear by sharing this quote from Desmond Tutu:
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
It is not enough to be “not racist”. If you’re not willing to stand up and support the rights of your fellow human, “not racist” is not enough. I will never understand the struggle and fear of being black in America. There are videos of parents teaching their children how to speak to police. These are not conversations that any parent should have to have with their children!!! My heart hurts so much. I’m remembering the murder of 12 year old Tamir Rice in 2014, who was killed by police for playing with a toy gun. A child.
I come from a very small southern town and I have had several people unfriend me on social media for posting my beliefs. It honestly just baffles me that there are people out there who are more concerned with “blue lives matter” and ignoring racism altogether. This is not a post where I’m going to sit and talk about my anger with the police and the system because I could go on and on. However, there are so many people that don’t understand the meaning of “white privilege” when in reality, it’s so simple: when I (a white female) am pulled over, I never have reason to fear for my life. That is sadly not the case for everyone.
People are quick to say “well all lives matter”, but how can that be true if all lives aren’t treated equally? If the topic of racism makes you feel uncomfortable, it should. Instead of ignoring it and pushing it away, please please please educate yourself instead! It is so important. There is so much division in this world, but I truly believe that we can make a change if we all work together and stand up for what is right.
“When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless,
Rather than fighting for humans that have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same but that’s not important
No freedom ’til we’re equal
Damn right I support it”
Same Love – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert
https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ is a website that shares numerous education tools, as well as different petitions to sign and donation options. Huge thank you to Whitney Simmons as her Instagram is the place where I originally found this link shared!
Also, here are a few books that I’ve seen shared by multiple accounts on social media:
– How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
– White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin J. DiAngelo
– White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son by Tim Wise
TEXT TO SIGN
Text “JUSTICE” to 668366
Text “FLOYD” to 55156
Text “ENOUGH” to 55156