Updated: Jun 3, 2020
Some Quick Commentary
It is unfortunate circumstances that have compelled me to sit down and write this post today. However, with everything going on in the world right now it feels wrong not to use this platform I have, to speak on an issue that has been weighing on my mind. That issue being so many’s silence over the recent conversation of police violence against black people.
The silence of many is very telling of the kind of character they possess, especially for those who have any association to the black community. Those with black friends, black partners, or black family members that are staying quiet or neutral during a time when black people are in a fight for our lives, are showing their blatant apathy towards the black community.
If you have black friends, family members, coworkers, etc. You NEED to be speaking up. It is not enough to not be racist; you need to be ANTI-racist. Your silence on the matters of black lives lost to police brutality illustrates complicity with racist institutions oppressing black folks.
Ironically, many of y'all are loud about everything else surrounding conversations regarding the black community (that almost always have nothing to do with you). Y'all will argue over your supposed right to say the n-word; argue over your right to appropriate black culture; are vocal about your weird fetishization of black men; but somehow aren't compelled or outraged enough to join the conversation detesting racism on social media.
The least you could do is tweet and share links to donations or petitions, maybe donate yourself, or keep the conversation of #BlackLivesMatter alive. Black people are dying right now. We are dying at disproportionate rates from COVID-19 and amidst a pandemic are still dying at the hands of racist police officers.
Stand in solidarity with your black friends. Speak up for your black friends. Stop being a silent supporter; we need you to be loud on any outlet you have a platform no matter the size. Thank you to anyone who is speaking up on the issue of police brutality and racial injustice, you are greatly appreciated. Lastly, if you are a non-black person quiet during this time, don't ever try to convince yourself you are any kind of ally or friend to any black person you know. Period. If you are not angry enough to share a simple link or to tweet a simple hashtag you are a racist and don't ever forget that.
Links to Donations:
This link is to support the campaign of Trayvon Martin’s mother who is running for office in Florida: https://sybrinafulton.com/
Links to Petitions:
Links to Organizations/THREADS for Further Education: