Happy Friday Beauties!
Still so much to do!!
Keep moving forward. If you get knocked down, get up! If you get tired, rest and then get back on track. WE ALL have so much work to do. I’m in for the long haul.
Slow and steady, right?!
“There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.” —Michelle Obama
On my adventures around the city I’ve witnessed several colorful, beautiful designs in support of #BML . But I have also seen and heard so many detestful outcries, simply for BLM signs & supporting @blklivesmatter
I’m never surprised with these ridiculous outcries but still the fact that people think is a controversial statement, it’s unconscionable. Let me be clear IT IS NOT!
As more events and circumstances arise, -for an example the almost lynching in Bloomington; again why? Why are these terrible things happening to people and why are people doing these terrible things to people? This is not a Republican vs Democrat issues these are human rights issues. It’s a matter of a difference in morality and compassion for humanity
We can honor the Jewish heritage and trauma while staying focused on what matters. Jewish people aren’t our problem, and we aren’t their problem. Let’s not lose focus on what the problem truly is, and that’s that black lives still don’t matter in this country.
Push this energy toward arresting and convicting the killers of Breonna Taylor and burning systemic racism to the ground. ✊🏿
Because I love books and learning and growth and I hate racism...📚📖🤓✊
Finished reading The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander—highly recommend it as I learned a lot by looking at our current justice system through a different lense.
Next up, White Fragility, by Robin Diangelo and When They Call You a Terrorist, a Black Lives Matter memoir, by Patrisse Kahn-Cullors and Asha Bandele. Because, seriously, if I hear the rhetoric one more time I will scream. Hoping these works will help me to navigate some difficult conversations and spread truth, to combat fear.
While OSP quickly closed the book on their less than thorough "investigation" of the incident wherein a trooper flashed the "OK" sign that's been co-opted by racists as meaning "White Power" we remain unconvinced that the trooper was no aware that the signal he gave to an agitator at a Black Lives Matter Solidarity Event on the 4th of July in front of the Oregon capitol building.
I have been reading the incredible work of Ijeoma Oluo lately (follow @ijeomaoluo). It has helped me reflect more deeply on the interaction between the Resist Canada 153 celebration (featured in photos) and the competing rally at the B.C. Leg on July 1.
In my recent post, I illustrated some of the ways in which the members of the other rally were reproducing racist and colonial attitudes by failing to reflect and challenge their (indoctrinated/internalized) racism, which flowed into their speeches, as well as into their movement as a whole. I know that some (not all) were doing this unintentionally. But whether they were being racist intentionally or unintentionally shouldn’t be the focus because, as Ijeoma Oluo writes, “It’s the system, and our complacency in that system, that gives racism its power, not individual intent.”
“We inaccurately reduce issues of race…to a battle for the hearts and minds of individual racists—instead of seeing racists, racist behaviours, and racial oppression as part of a larger system.”
The other rally was blind to addressing racism as it was wound up in a class struggle (some might say a misguided one given the pervasiveness of ungrounded conspiracy theories). And by not challenging racism in their critiques of the system, the violent and oppressive machine holding up the entire system is given means to persist.
Oluo continues: “Systemic racism is a machine that runs whether we pull the levers or not, and by just letting it be, we are responsible for what it produces. We have to actually dismantle the machine if we want to make change.”
For more I highly recommend reading @ijeomaoluo’s “So You Want to Talk About Race.”
It is beyond time to correct mistakes & atrocities of our past. No statue, military base, building, or school should be named after confederates. They rose up against their own country because they did not want to lose their best commodity: slaves & end their ignorant beliefs about people of color.
The confederates lost. These leaders, generals, soldiers turned their back on their own country. No one especially our military should honor these men/women or their flag. There is no honor in rising up against your country to maintain a way of life that is morally wrong & abhorrent.
These statues, bases, names on buildings, parks, & schools should never had happened. Sadly they were allowed & created in two periods; after the reconstruction period & in the 1950s during the beginnings of civil rights movements. Go figure 🤷🏼♀️
Our country may have ended a civil war but there were still people that wanted slavery & segregation. Such as the KKK & confederate sympathizers. The United Daughters of the Confederacy was founded in the 1890s who were influential, prominent in society. They began their quest to revise history & begin a campaign to promote confederacy & segregation/white supremacy. They also line up with the creation of Jim Crow Laws to continue to segregation & racism through laws to prevent black people from being equal. The Daughters helped the KKK/white supremacy narrative that slaves were well taken care of & the confederacy were honorable men/women building the United States.
Not only did they get enough support by prominent, wealthy white people, who held onto their racist beliefs, to erect statues, name buildings/schools. They also influenced educational curriculum. Changing historical facts to alter the truth of the confederacy. Just because the union won the war didn’t mean everyone suddenly fell in-line changing their beliefs that black people are equals, not property & not animals. It means they lost & just trying to find new ways to enslave people of color & regain power. I mean they ended up assassinating President Lincoln.
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Just as the Jim Crow era of legal segregation replaced the institution of slavery as the main form of institutional racial control in the U.S., so has the mass incarceration of Black and Brown people replaced Jim Crow since. ⠀
"We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” —Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness"⠀
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I made this last night because today, there is nothing to celebrate. There is nothing to be proud of. And I’m ashamed that was never something I fully understood until now. This is the true, unfiltered, raw, America. A land built for some, a land built to oppress. June alone has taught me so much weight this nation holds, and has given me so much hope all at the same time. We are the generation of change. Don’t let anyone tell you differently and don’t stop until America is finally the nation is claims to be.
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We need change. I will never know what it is like to be black. I will never know what it is like to fear being pulled over by the people who are suppose to protect us and have my skin be looked at as a weapon when I reach for my license and registration. I will never know what it is like to be systematically oppressed because of the color of my skin. Even though I am Latina I do not face the same obstacles as black people and I have way more opportunities accessible to me than black people. ALL LIVES DO NOT MATTER UNTIL BLACK LIVES MATTER. If you are not completely outraged by the injustices that have been taking place not only recently because racism is not new this has been going on for 400 years, THEN YOU ARE APART OF THE PROBLEM. It is not enough to not be racist you HAVE to be ANTIRACIST!!! Support this movement. be apart of the change. be on the good side of history. educate yourself. STOP BEING SILENT. #silenceisviolence#blacklivesmatter#blm#iamthechange#wearethechange#justiceforgeorgefloyd#justiceforbreonnataylor#endpolicebrutality#endracism#endsystemicracism#newburghny#racismisapandemic
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Happy 4th of July? 🇺🇸🤷🏻♀️ This year has definitely been eye opening and has changed how I view this holiday. It’s apparent that not everyone has the same freedom. We must continue to fight for progress. Our country is not free until everyone is ❤️ #FalseFreedom#4thOfJuly#BlackLivesMatter
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while the steam settles from the social noise and our IG landscapes resume to false realities, we must continue to buckle down and recommit to our call to action when it comes to BLACK LIVES! More and more we are hearing of BLACK people dying at the hands of killer officers much like the young and gifted #elijahmcclain who was just walking home in Colorado.. or Breonna Taylor who’s family still hasn’t received justice for her false entry murder.. NOPE! WERE NOT DONE SAYING BLACK LIVES MATTER.. and as a matter of fact we never will be‼️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
THE END OF SLAVERY IN OUR GREAT COUNTRY IS SOMETHING THAT ALL AMERICANS CAN CELEBRATE 🇺🇸 While freedom for African Americans was NOT a founding principle of the United States, the foundation for equality for all was always there and embedded into it’s constitution. Yet it is clear that the US constitution, Emancipation Proclamation, and even the events of June 19, 1865 were never enough, and still aren’t enough, to make that freedom a reality. It is up to the American people to choose to live and speak this freedom into existence by actively opposing systemic racism EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. ✊🏾✊🏼 Juneteenth needs to “happen” in hearts and minds every day if we are to make the American dream a reality. I believe we can do this together ✌🏾
Sometimes our positions are unpopular in the short term, even among the masses, only to be vindicated as events unfold to reveal a truth that was obscured by the faulty analysis of the prevailing common perception.
On such occasions we must move in opposition to the direction the masses are attempting to go. Otherwise, what is the meaning of leadership?
Don’t turn your face away.
Once you’ve seen, you can no longer act like you don’t know.
Open your eyes to the truth. It’s all around you.
Don’t deny what the eyes to your soul have revealed to you.
Now that you’re aware of the problem, you cannot pretend you don’t care.
To be concerned is to be human.
To act is to care.
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