It is not enough to be quietly non-racist. Now is the time to be actively anti-racist.
If you’re not angry, outraged, sickened, disgusted and heartbroken, then you’re not paying attention. This has to stop. It is all our responsibility. We are all human and we are all equal.
Racism. The problem is deep rooted and systematic. As a white person of privilege (and by that I definitely don’t mean from a position of wealth) I can never truly fully know or even begin to imagine, I do not know how it feels to be oppressed by a corrupt institutionalised system set up against me, experience racial persecution, prejudice or profiling, or to literally fear for my life because of the colour of my skin. I take so much for granted in this world, despite however aware I think I am.
But I can read, listen, learn, educate, and try to understand.
I can stand up in solidarity and speak out for what’s right, for justice. Try to be part of a solution.
My whole life I’ve been surrounded and influenced by black people and black culture, it is everything to me. Respectfully. So how could I say nothing. But this is so obviously beyond that, it’s about basic human rights on every level. It has long been our time to play our part to change this evil hatred.
Racism is a historically insidious disease that won’t change through a trending post.
I understand socially constructed ‘whiteness’ that skin colour equals privilege, but my own acknowledgement of that is not the point. We must all stand up for what is wrong and hold people accountable. Call that shit out!
So do what you can, speak to your family & friends, educate, donate money, use your platform. We can affect meaningful real change if we do it together, but every voice needs to be heard.
Talking to the people who look like me. Don’t be silent and don’t be ignorant, otherwise it’s compliance. Doing nothing always supports something. Your heart knows this is your fight too, and requires courage, involvement, willingness and conviction. It needs to be said. Be an ally to the cause. Stand alongside with all those who fight against racism.
“There comes a time when silence is a betrayal.” - Martin Luther King Jr.