I know 2020 is not over, but it is undeniably a year that will go down in history. As if the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t been hard enough, here we are dealing with racism virus. The past two weeks have been emotional, sad and heartbreaking. The whole world (extremely the black community) is hit with the inhumane murder of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and especially, George Floyd. I just couldn’t believe my eyes watching that video of the cop kneeling on the neck of this black man while his life waste away. That broke me down!! While we hope that justice is rightly served, generally, things have to change because these are not the only cases. It took George Floyd’s case to bring a worldwide awareness which is sad. -But we’re here now and change has to happen. The black community is tired of this!! It is not a crime to be black dammit! Each one of us has a role in contributing to making this world a better place. When it comes to this issue, yes it is all good that influencers are sharing which black owned businesses to support, black creators to follow, but this is not the underlined solution.
* Educate Yourselves and Speak Up *
Dear white people (with all due respect), it is time to stand with the black community to eradicate racism. Silence is golden, but when it comes to racism, it is NOT! Many of y’all have been silent because you don’t know enough, you think it isn’t in your place to speak or don’t care as this isn’t happening to you or your families, but it is wrong. It can also be that some of y’all are still clueless about racism. With everything going on, please take a stand and use your platforms to speak up. Not just online, but also in the physical world. I will be the first to say that having a race conversation can be uncomfortable, but it has to be done one way or another. There’re so many books (The color of Law, So You want to Talk about Race, Americanah, e.t.c) and movies (When They See Us, Dear White People, Selma, e.t.c) that can be a starting point. While we doing that let educate our kids as well.
* Donate For a Good Cause *
It is unfortunate, but for change to happen, money is involved. With time the hype may die down, but that doesn’t mean background work isn’t going on. There’re organizations like NAACP, Winning Justice and Campaign Zero fighting behind the scenes. Kudos to you if you’ve already donated. If you haven’t, please do because every little helps.
* Vote Vote Vote *
Now more than ever your vote is needed. Please don’t just vote for anybody, – do some background checks. What are the candidate’s views? Where do they stand when it comes to race or even humanity? Very important!
Let demand change together!
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Thanks much for your visits and meaningful comments. Have a lovely weekend.