Listening and learning and social media feeds of ‘muted’ black boxes for #blackouttuesday was the theme of last week, but why did it take the senseless deaths of people of color to bring the community together? That is a question I have asked myself every single day. It’s because the majority of people, myself included, are guilty of being silent about our anti-racism beliefs, so the quote from Martin Luther King Jr., as well as seeing the 24/7 protests, have been a wake up call for me to that very concept. If you aren’t talking about it, if it isn’t top of mind and something that you require from every part of your life (in this case, ‘it’ being anti-racism) then you are allowing it to slip away.
I don’t know about you, but music can often say the things I can’t find words for, and the song Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas was one of the first tunes that came to mind when I decided to voice my lifelong anti-racism belief on social media. “You think the only people who are people are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk in the footsteps of a stranger you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.” People of color have faced true hate, that most white Americans will never experience, which is why the term ‘Black Lives Matter’ has circulated for so long, and is more prevalent in this moment in time than ever before. It doesn’t mean that all lives aren’t important. It simply means that everyone needs to put conscious effort into not only acknowledging but embracing and advocating for Black Lives. Be relentless in ensuring advantages aren’t only available to white Americans. Because Black. Lives. Matter. too.
This post is not intended to do anything but encourage you to open your eyes to the many ways you can amplify your anti-racism beliefs and support people of color. Find resources to read and watch and follow. Donate to organizations with a focus in advocacy. Sign petitions. Support Black-owned businesses. And don’t stand idly by.
Last week I put blog and social media content on pause because, to be honest, none of it felt important enough to share. This week I am resuming regular posting, all the while seeking ways to lift up black voices, and incorporate more diversity into my life.