Dear white friends, If I commented on your recent posts with this link http://chng.it/vGkv6gFWKB, it was not a mistake.
I respect that you are having fun, selling items, or just enjoying your day. I’m asking you to mourn with me. I’m asking you to get pissed with me. I know it sucks to have your timelines and posts interrupted like this. It sucked when I took my teen daughters to their schoolmate’s funeral because a cop shot him in the back while he was running away. It sucked when a worker at a childcare facility jokingly threatened to call the police on my 4 year old son and then let a cop she knew come pretend to be checking on things. It sucks that I need the “serve and protect” people sometimes because stuff happens but I am afraid to call. It sucked for the loved ones of Antwon Rose, Breonna Taylor, Freddie Gray, Aiyana Jones and so many others that their Black lives did not matter. Please be part of the solution. Please. White friends, this is for you, too. The truth is that racism has a wide blast radius. It’s hurting you, too. It is to your advantage to burn it out of your lives. It is to your advantage to debunk white supremacy. This is especially true for people who live in the U.S. because the class system here is built on race. Not a rich person? Chances are your savings has been looted, your taxes have been looted, your clean air – looted, clean water – looted. All in the name of power and profit. That power and profit they are holding onto? A class system built on racism – looted land and looted bodies. It doesn’t have to continue.