I have had this heavy weight on my heart since I watched George Floyds life come to a tragic end right before my eyes. I can’t seem to shake away the disgust, the confusion, the anger, and the sadness from the recent events. I have been at a loss for words, but I can’t stay silent.
To my non-black followers, now is the time we need to show up.
The kind of change we need to see won’t come easy and it will never happen if we don’t begin to use our privilege, our voice, and take action to fight against systematic oppression, racism, and police brutality.
We all have played a role, whether it was intentional or not, in the making what our world is today. Now, we all hold a responsibility to help change it for the better.
Knowledge is power: Educate yourself on white privilege. Learn about what it is, how it effects others, and reflect back on how this has shaped your own life. Often times white privilege often blinds us to its very existence.
Be open: Be a open and be an active listener. Have honest conversations. Ask tough questions in a safe space.
Have a willingness to UNlearn: There is a process of unlearning that is required here. Racism is woven into many aspects of our lives in ways we may not even realize. I know that I have had discriminatory thoughts and sometimes still do. This is a long and hard process, at times uncomfortable, but I will continue to do the work to be better.
Take action: Start in your own community. Seek out opportunities to serve others, to take a stand in peaceful protests, to get involved in organizations who are dedicated to bring change in this area. Sign petitions, donate, support black businesses, and most importantly speak up when you witness ANY kind of injustice on black people. Be an advocate for change in our workplace, your gym, your school, anywhere you can USE YOUR VOICE.
To my black followers and community, I will never fully understand what it means to be a POC in America. I will do my best to do better. I see you and I support you. I will stand beside you. I love you.
All lives do not matter until #blacklivesmatter.
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