stop what you're doing. blm
Updated: Oct 6, 2020
this is going to be a quick but necessary post because first of all this is not my fight. second, this is not about me. this is about the murdering of innocent black lives that has always existed and continues to exist. as a white person with privilege i can only add to the conversation by asking you all to stop what you are doing and donate and support black people and organizations.
when you say "not all cops are bad" you are missing the point. ACAB means that cops are complicit in a corrupt system. this system actively and disproportionately targets people of color. it targets queer people. it targets poor people.
COPS must STOP killing innocent black people. they must STOP tear gassing innocent protestors. they must STOP firing rubber bullets, using weapons, and HURTING people. it is ignorant to not expect the people who have been routinely and violently oppressed to NOT fight back.
if you don't believe me then look at statistics.
i urge you all and especially white people to donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund. Donate to the Black Visions Collective. Donate to Reclaim the Block. Donate to bail funds in your city. Protest (if you can) against this horrific injustice and violence that has always existed and still exists in our country. Please educate yourself.
I saw this on Facebook and wanted to post it below. Learn their names. Learn their stories.
Know your privilege. These are just the names of a select few.
I have privilege as a white person because I can do all of these things without thinking twice
I can go birding (#ChristianCooper)
I can go jogging (#AmaudArbery)
I can relax in the comfort of my own home (#BothemSeanand#AtatianaJefferson)
I can ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrelland#RenishaMcBride)
I can have a cellphone (#StephonClark)
I can leave a party to get to safety (#JordanEdwards)
I can play loud music (#JordanDavis)
I can sell CDs (#AltonSterling)
I can sleep (#AiyanaJones)
I can walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown)
I can play cops and robbers (#TamirRice)
I can go to church (#Charleston9)
I can walk home with Skittles (#TrayvonMartin)
I can hold a hair brush while leaving my own bachelor party (#SeanBell)
I can party on New Years (#OscarGrant)
I can get a normal traffic ticket (#SandraBland)
I can lawfully carry a weapon (#PhilandoCastile)
I can break down on a public road with car problems (#CoreyJones)
I can shop at Walmart (#JohnCrawford)
I can have a disabled vehicle (#TerrenceCrutcher)
I can read a book in my own car (#KeithScott)
I can be a 10yr old walking with our grandfather (#CliffordGlover)
I can decorate for a party (#ClaudeReese)
I can ask a cop a question (#RandyEvans)
I can cash a check in peace (#YvonneSmallwood)
I can take out my wallet (#AmadouDiallo)
I can run (#WalterScott)
I can breathe (#EricGarner)
I can live (#FreddieGray)
I CAN BE ARRESTED WITHOUT THE FEAR OF BEING MURDERED (#GeorgeFloyd)
finally, i want to add for white allies to please do not center this narrative around yourself. stop sharing traumatic videos on the internet. keep supporting this cause now but also moving forward.
i will begin blogging again soon but it is important that we all take time right now to focus on what truly matters. now and forever. black lives matter.