Yesterday, I read a post from a friend, who is a POC stating that she was standing in her apartment crying; that is how stressful, fear inducing and overwhelming it is to be Black in America right now.
I can’t imagine how terrifying it is to be: a person of color, Jewish, trans, gay, or a member of any other marginalized group right now. I’m sad, angry, depressed, frustrated, despondent, furious, disillusioned, overwhelmed and losing hope myself, and I don’t have to fear for my life/safety when I leave the house.
I am calling out racism and bigotry everywhere I see it, from one on one conversations with fellow white people in hopes of making them understand that silence is violence, to writing/calling my congress critters, to donating money to organizations fighting for justice.
For every person who is able to express how scared they are, how many more are suffering in silence?
How many people who are just trying to live their lives feel this way and aren’t comfortable sharing it out?
How can we as a nation allow this shit to continue?
We MUST stand up against hate, we MUST stand up against discrimination. We as white people with privilege MUST use that privilege to dismantle the system that allows not only the overt displays of hatred and bigotry, but the underlying issues that cultivate it.
The KKK, neo-Nazis, any group that is based in hate and superiority is a CANCER that has no place in the body of this country.
Anyone or group that supports or makes excuses for these people, up to, including and especially the current occupant of the White House need to be shut down. No, there aren’t “many sides”. There are two sides, “right” and “wrong”.
For those of you who “don’t want to be political”. That’s privilege right there because it doesn’t affect you personally.
You want to respect/let people have their views because you’ve known them since 2nd grade? You’re part of the problem.
You want to get out of taking action by claiming to support “free speech”? The first amendment does not protect speech that incites people to violence/to commit illegal acts.
You need to SPEAK UP! To your friends, racist uncle, neighbors, and political representatives. Those who support hate need to be shunned. They need to know that they have no place in a civilized society and that we won’t suffer their attitudes/actions.
Your silence allows this shit to continue, unchecked.
Your silence is violence.
Which brings me back to the beginning of this little missive.
We all have friends who are hurting, scared, disenfranchised and who are being targeted by the hate that the current occupant of the White House has emboldened and empowered.
While we need to keep fighting the big fight on all levels, we must not forget those who are suffering the most.
Check in with them, tell them you love them, tell them you will fight for them. Don’t expect them to tell you how to do that, but listen if they do.