Will we ever not be here? I find myself asking this question.
Here as, in battling against the ideology and the all too frequent reminders that somehow the lives of black and brown people do not hold the same human dignity and value as those of others. The casual disregard of black lives. The casual acceptance of systemic and structural racism.
Yet again we find ourselves here.
How do we fight for change?
How do we unite to fight systemic injustice?
How do we hold others accountable for ignorance and discrimination?
Justice for Ahmad Aubery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd would be- each one, alive, pursuing their dreams ambitions.
What will it take to not be here again?
To our white supporters and those who benefit from white privilege –
Show up. Don’t be silent in the face of racism. Educate yourself. Listen. Hold conversations with your white friends, hold each other, and systems accountable.
#blacklivesmatter is more than a hashtag or a platitude.
Commit to the work of being anti-racist for the long haul (year after year, decade after decade). Yes, there is a process of unlearning and it will be uncomfortable, but it is essential.
Today, I hurt alongside my community. Myself and the black community are angry, frustrated and tired, justifiably. We hurt from the immense pain and trauma of this moment and the collective moments from generations of black pain before this.
I know that we are magic. In a world that tries to tell us different, we know, that we are brilliant, significant and wonderful, and that will never change. We require systems that put racial justice at the forefront. We require institutions that recognize and value the power of black voices and contributions, and that honor the Black community Maydm works hard to serve every day.