So, you (like I) did Black Out Tuesday. Feel like you’ve done your civic duty? Good for you.
It doesn’t really mean anything if you change your picture to something cute today. Or you share that cute video. It doesn’t mean anything if you don’t continue to DO something. Anyone can screenshot a little black square and post it. That’s what social media has tricked us with. It has tricked us into thinking we’ve done something. It’s tricked us into this topical form of pseudo activism... and it’s working.
Have you forgotten their names? Have you forgotten their families? Their faces? Do. Not. Stop. Continue to do more. Today, read this passage (because it’s important and if I can make time to read six pages you can too. Remember... it’s been YEARS that people of color have had to fight for their rights and THEY STILL AREN’T SEEN AS EQUAL).
If you don’t have time, sure... here are the “cliff notes.” But make time. Because this is important. This is a step towards REAL activism and yes, it’s going to take longer than posting a black square on your page.
“Why do those who counter black lives matter act as though black people aren't aware of the glaring disproportionate statistics of police brutality, of health care racism, and of mass incarceration? This is our reality. You deciding to ignore it for your own comfort doesn't make it any less true.
If a patient being rushed to the ER after an accident were to point to their mangled leg and say, “This is what matters right now,” and the doctor saw the scrapes and bruises of other areas and countered, “but all of you matters,” wouldn’t there be a question as to why he doesn't show urgency in aiding that what is most at risk?”
This concept may be obvious to some, but if it isn’t obvious to you, be brave enough to learn more.
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