"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."
- Desmond Tutu
Like everyone, I went through a spectrum of emotions these past two days watching the horrific videos of police killing Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. We are not desensitized and we are not hopeless from the recent hate crime mass killing in Orlando, or the past week's terrorist attacks in Turkey, Bangladesh, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, or the non convictions in cases of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bell, Freddie Gray, or any of the evils committed by one human against another.
There are so many layers to this problem. As an individuals, we are not alone, together we become a chorus.
Turn grief, despair, anger into Positive Action:
🕯mic.com has an article "15 things your city can do right now to end police brutality"
🕯Sign petitions : moveon.org has one now demanding justice for Alton Sterling's killing
🕯Write to your local representatives (google it by putting in your local area) & email them (city council member, mayor, district attorney, etc.) asking for police education and reform...
🕯joincampaignzero.org is chock full of information & solutions
🕯Teach your children not to be color blind. We are not the same. We are beautifully different : yellow, black, brown, white, but most importantly we are all EQUAL human beings. Celebrate and embrace difference.
🕯Speak your voice. Be heard : as a group through protests or as an individual by discussing with people who may be feeling helpless or may not understand the issues. You are not alone. You CAN make a difference.
🕯Links to organizations for donation and education :
Black Lives Matter
Southern Poverty Law Center
I believe education is paramount for making change. Education in all directions, young and old, liberal and conservative, in the system, out of the system, in America, in every country on this planet. . . . I'm trying to practice positive change. But like you, I am outraged and wondering "How many times before change happens?!" How many decades of oppression? It's never stopped. Institutionalize racism must end.
Above is excerpted from my Instagram post earlier today because I felt that I should share easy clickable links.
(photo of Cipriana Quann, TK Quann and Francesca Ramsey from the interwebs)