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I’m heartbroken over the current state of my country (the US). I’m heartbroken that black lives continue to be stolen and that authorities continue to not hold their murderers accountable. I hate that black and brown bodies, dead or dying, continue to be shown over and over on news coverage and that they are not even granted dignity in death. I hate that young black children will grow up in fear. I hate that white nationalist groups and racists have such deep roots in this country and that they are emboldened by the current administration.
I’ve really hesitated to speak about this in a public forum, but I know that silence is often interpreted as complicity. As a white woman of privilege, I don’t want to raise my voice over more important POC voices. Just know I stand with you. Black lives matter. George Floyd matters. Auhmad Aubrey matters. I will continue to say their names. I will continue to do what I can, even if that just means being the best ally I can be.
I will continue to check my privilege, to monitor my thoughts and words and actions, because not being racist is a choice that you must make every day. It is something that must be done with intention.
Here are some resources:
- Donate to Black Lives Matter: You can find the main donation page here.
- Get involved with your local BLM chapter: The full list is here.
- Or start your own: More info here.
- Donate to a bail fund: Some Twitter users are crowdsourcing lists of local organizations that help bail out protesters who get arrested. Thread here.
- Or another bail fund: This crowdsourced Google Doc of bail funds keeps getting bigger.
- Support the National Police Accountability Project: This group, a project of the National Lawyers Guild, helps people find legal counsel. More info here.
- Support Campaign Zero, a police reform group that has been working on policy solutions “informed by data and human rights principles.” More info here.
- Sign a petition: Civil rights group Color of Change launched a petition asking that all the officers involved in Floyd’s death are brought to justice. Find it here.
- Or another petition: The “Justice for George Floyd” petition on Change.org already has 8.5 million supporters. That sends a big message. Find it here.
I am here to listen. I hope you are all staying safe and grounded during these turbulent times.