I struggle with the correct words during times of difficulty. Usually, I try to keep things light, but as I scroll through endless videos of protests and millions of people fighting for change in the street, I cannot sit silent. The murder of George Floyd in Minnesota last week was tragic, leading people to take to the streets and the front steps of our elected officials to demand change. Using our voices in times of darkness helps those who are lost find their way home.
I am deeply saddened and stand with my friends of color as an ally, and I hope I can use my platform to reach people, and in some small way, to create change. Using your voice no matter how big or small can create a thunderous noise when we stand together. Racism is not something we can run from. This movement is not a political statement; it’s a human statement. Feeling scared to walk down your street is unacceptable. Fearing the police is unacceptable. Being treated differently because of your skin color is unacceptable.
I will never fully understand what my black friends go through each and every day, but I will do my part to stand with you and stand up for what is right.
How can you make a difference?
Sign Petition and/or Donate
Reclaim the Block – Works with Minneapolis city council members to redistribute money to parts of the city’s budget that “truly promote community health and safety.”
NAACP LDF – America’s top legal firm fighting for racial justice.
American Civil Liberties Union – Nonpartisan organization defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws.
Black Lives Matter -Global network bringing justice, freedom, and healing to black people around the world.
Fair Fight – Founded by Stacy Abrams, to promote fair elections and election reform advocacy.
Bail Project – Helps pay for bail for those in need (including protesters).
Campaign Zero – Working to end police brutality by providing research-based policy solutions.
From the New York Times, 1619 is a podcast on how slavery transformed America. This podcast has given me a better understand of how the past has created injustice that is still being experienced today.