Countless images of protests and grief have flooded my dreams at night like a movie trailer on speed.
I've shed many tears and have lost a lot of sleep, but I know none of that compares to those that have experienced this for centuries.
I can't understand. I won't understand. I'm sorry.
But this is not about me. It's about them and they deserve better.
Black people deserve better!
They deserve to feel wanted, seen, heard, respected, loved, and free.
They deserve equal opportunities and policy changes that ensure that.
This is about their voices, their point of view, and their stories.
It's time to listen, intervene when necessary to help amplify their voices, and continue this snowball of freedom fighting until they finally get everything they need.
This moment in time is rich with opportunity, and we can't let it get away from us. We can't let it be a trend or a phase. It needs to catapult us into a different future of equality.
From now on, conversations need to be different. Our inner worlds need to evolve. Our actions need to shift. This is the only way true change will happen internally, externally, and politically.
If you’re a white person who wants to do more to help fuel change, consider these action steps:
Sometimes acts of racism happen in plain sight like at the grocery store or the post office. Regardless of where you are, if you see an opportunity to step in to help, do it! Use your voice to express that racism will not be tolerated. There is safety in numbers so support the oppressed and stay together until you are both in a safe place. You could be saving a life. Who knows what could have happened if George Floyd could have gotten the support he needed.
Although it can feel heavy because you may be confused about where to start or what to say, communication opens up opportunities to see the world differently. If you're feeling stuck on how to facilitate or participate in a conversation, check out Maddy Allison's guide here.
When you're ready to dive even deeper into Anti-Racism education, consider starting a book club or spend the weekend reading. You can find a great list of books here.
Exercising your right to protest can be one of the most influential ways to promote change. Protesting can help raise awareness around a certain issue and show lawmakers that change needs to happen. Interested? Check out this post to find a protest in your area.
Did you know that the United States Federal Government has a human resources department? Well, they do! And one of their roles is to "serve the American people." Americans can call, mail, or fax requests to The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). For local policymakers, go to your state or city legislative website to find contact information. For more information on how to influence policy change, check out these tips.
Funding can open the doors to even more positive change. You can donate to the Black Lives Matter movement here. See the list below for more places to donate.
Meet for coffee on Thursdays to vent or go for a hike on the weekends and brainstorm. Share stories, learn from each other, support one another, and plan action steps together!
Sometimes as time passes, people move on to different things, but supporting anti-racism consistently is what will fuel radical change and lead to true equality. Keep the movement top of mind by adding a #BLM post-it to your mirror or keeping an anti-racism book on your bedside table or by joining an activist group.
Want to get even deeper? Here are 100 more ways to fight racism, complete with a list of places to donate!
If you're on board please comment below or send me an email at email@example.com with the subject line: "This is my story."
You deserve to be heard.