No More

Let’s be honest, in case you have been living under a rock for the last week and a half (or dare I say: last 400 years) then you know about the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and countless others by the hands of those sworn to protect and serve.

I have had to take a break from it all. The news, social media, friends/fam. The weight of it all is, at times, unbearable. The truth is, black and brown bodies have NEVER been safe in this country. Black and brown bodies have NEVER mattered as much as white ones. Black and brown communities have always been at a disadvantage. And these truths aren’t new. My ancestors have been screaming BLACK LIVES MATTER since the first African stepped foot on this stolen land. It hasn’t ended.

I’m sure many of you have seen the video of George Floyd’s death. It was eerie to watch. In retrospect, watching someone take their last breath is (or should be) reserved for loved ones/ close family members. However, millions seen this traumatic and tragic event unravel before our eyes and on our handheld devices. It’s sickening to me. It brings tears to my eyes to think that this video had to be seen in order for RACIST people to understand. This is systemic. This is historical. This is wrong. I couldn’t even watch the entire video. Watching someone die is NOT normal. This man could have been my father, my uncle, my cousin, my friend.

Right now, I know a lot of us are showing support: protesting, marching and posting on social media. Which is great. I don’t want to downplay that at. all. However, I want us to go beyond this current moment, while keeping that same energy. I want us to keep pushing this movement when those hashtags are no longer prevalent. At what point do we say NO MORE? At what point will we vow that not another black body will become a hashtag? And how do we get white America to listen??

So, if you’re like me and you are fired up right now, I’ve compiled a list of resources to promote and support anti-racism efforts beyond this current moment.

  • Join your local marches, protests, rallies.

I know a lot of people are like, “why? Marching doesn’t change anything.” But it does, fam. Don’t let thoughts of doubt and cynicism keep you from standing up for what’s right.  Numbers make people listen. It’s been proven historically and statistically. Hit up her your friends on facebook to find out when protests/marches in your city is happening.

  •  Give

And this may seem like a small feat, but movements can never keep moving on nothing. There are, literally, a host of organizations you can give to; however, I suggest three major ones here. Give your best; any amount helps.

Reclaim the Block – an organization working to defund the police department, based in Minneapolis, MN. Click link here.

The Bail Project – an organization working to release individuals who are wrongfully convicted. Click link here.

NAACP – stands for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. They are doing local work in your current community. Click link here.

Support your local churches!! They are doing work in your community and sometimes does not get as much recognition as they should. If you don’t know where or who to give to click here to give to Radial City Church.

  • Sign Petitions

Literally, takes nothing to sign a petition. Click here to find a wealth of petitions to sign in order to get justice for people of color.

  • Speak Up

Like, signing petitions, this takes nothing but getting out of your comfort zone. Many of my white friends have reached out to be via text giving me their support. And that’s fine. However, say something! Broadcast on social media, have conversations with your white friends about their racist behavior. This will not keep getting swept under the rug. Silence equals complacency. Educate your white friends. And if you are white, here’s another resource specifically for you:

  • Learn

I’m a writer by nature but a reader at heart. These books have birthed in me a righteous anger for discrimination for any groups of people. Click the link here for a google doc suggesting many books on the black canon.

I really desire this movement to spark a revolution but it’s going to take everyone (including our white brothers and sisters) to help. I will be sharing more tips and resources via my IG account, follow me here.

 

Keep Being Honest,

Shanisha.