Trigger Warning: Discussion of racism, rape, violence
To clarify, “Black Lives Matter” doesn’t mean that non-black lives don’t matter, so let’s stop that argument right here.
Having privilege is being able to say “I don’t need to get involved because the problem doesn’t personally affect me.”
It seems so normal for me that the community would feel the need to affirm that Black Lives Matter after all the prosecution that we have all been witness to and the issues aren’t only in the United States or in Canada, it’s everywhere.
No one should fear that the police will kill them or their families. No one should fear that they will not get justice because of their skin colour/race.
“I just always knew that I lived in two worlds. There was the world of my house and community, but to make my way in that white world I had to modify the way I spoke and acted. I had to sometimes not make direct eye contact.” – Samuel L. Jackson
In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s a few article you should read:
- Policeman is charged with rape after footage emerges showing a black youth being arrested by four officers and ‘sexually assaulted with a truncheon’ in a Paris suburb
- State sanctioned violence
- Women detailing their experiences with police brutality
I really don’t know what this world is coming to . That is absolutely disgusting and all of them should be punished the ones who let it happen are just as bad. Unfortunately being outraged and sad doesn’t fix the issue.
Black women are going missing every day and they aren’t getting any media attention.
I support women like Constance Malcolm who continues to advocate for New York City to discipline the officer who illegally entered her family’s home and shot the unarmed teenager in front of his grandmother and 6-year-old brother. That is simply unacceptable and tragic. As a mother, my heart bleeds for this family. We should all be demanding justice for Constance and all mothers whose families are torn apart by police violence with no relief from our judicial system.
“Black parents shouldn’t have to trot out that their kid made honor roll to offer a “reason” why they didn’t deserve to be shot by police.” – Dara Tafakari
We need to pressure our mayors and city council to address the disciplinary process. Through petitions, letter writing campaigns, city council meetings, and town hall meetings we can push our cities government to commit concrete and actionable steps to increase accountability in police conduct.
I believe in diversity, globalism, collective value, empathy. I support black women and families, queer and transgender affirming. I believe in restorative justice. Solidarity is not the same as privileged. The whole point is that we can make this world better for everyone if we all stand together.
“I guarantee you, that every person of color in this country has faced an indignity, from the ridiculous to the grotesque to the sometimes fatal, at some point in their last couple of hours because of their skin color. Race is there, and it is a constant. You’re tire of hearing about it? Imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it?” – Jon Stewart
What is infuriating is when people in a position of power contribute to racism, like John Eichelberger, the Republican senator from Pennsylvania, who stated that “college is not for black students.” Making education inaccessible to certain groups is not only discriminatory, it’s a method used to keep the targeted group under the “elite” who will have access to the best education and best jobs.
We need to make sure that these politicians are also held accountable. We need to make racism and police brutality a hot-button issue during campaigns and make it a requirement for our votes.
The good news is that the future has not yet been written. Think about how your words and actions will affect others as well as yourself. It’s important to be aware of our own words and actions. Let’s makes the world a better place. Let’s always lifting people up, never putting them down. Let’s be responsible adults and address the flaws in our system. Actions speak louder than words.
“Nothing is more important than empathy for another human being’s suffering. No a career. Not Wealth. Not intelligence. Certainly not status. We have to feel for one another if we’re going to survive with dignity.” – Audrey Hepburn
If Black Lives Matter or Idle No More, leave you feeling defensive, ask yourself why?
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