Black Lives Matter

I have been extremely overwhelmed by the events taking place in the world right now. It fills me with great sorrow, anger and anxiety. I felt that the best way for me to make a difference, or share my voice was to write this. Thank you for taking the time to read.

I never understood racism. I didn’t get how people could hate another group of people based on the color of their skin, or where they come from.

When I was younger, I once asked my dad if there was more to it. It seemed to be too shallow, so there had to be something more to ignite the hatred. But there wasn’t. There isn’t.

How, in 2020, have these racial tensions continued to become an even more aggressive battle? In movies from the 80’s, maybe even 50’s, sometimes they’ll show a montage of what they believe the future will look like during what is now our current time. And even though the progression of technology, extravagant lifestyles and travel all seemed incredible, it seems we forgot about what matters most.

Unity, justice, and common decency.

There is constant promise of bigger, better, faster ways to make living more convenient- but not for everyone.

Living near Seattle, I’m surrounded by people of all colors, religions, and cultures. And I embrace it. This is what used to be so great about America, the melting pot. People would travel far and wide simply to come here for a better life.

We promised that to them, and we promised it with open arms.

I will be damned if anyone is treated differently because their black, transgender, a woman, etc. I’m not sure why acceptance is such a confusing concept when every single person with a smart phone strives for it through social media every day.

We all want to be loved, to be allowed, to be accepted. Why should only some get to experience what that’s like?

It’s time to be bigger, better, kinder humans. We have the power to make change. We’re supposed to learn from history to not go forward making the same mistakes.

With peaceful protesting comes the beginning of the demand for change. If we all embraced unity and came together, we would be unstoppable.

And even if these certain issues don’t affect you personally, think about your favorite author. Your favorite musician, your favorite designer, your favorite farmers market vendor. Does it affect them?

Even if your answer still might be no, I want you to ask yourself the same question anti-racist activist Jane Elliott asked a crowd in the 1980’s “If you white folks want to be treated the way blacks are in this society, please stand.” Isn’t it sad that when you think about being asked that question, you suddenly become very aware of what’s going on, but you also realize it isn’t being talked about?

Speaking up now, will create a safer, kinder future. Do your part and make a difference. The link below guides you to other multiple links of how you can help.

Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

Thank you.