So, listen. A lot of the time I find myself getting really amped up in the moment when my anger rises at one injustice or another happening in this country. I spend those first few days fueled by that anger, speaking out and going to protests. Then, later, after the rush has died down I start to feel discouraged. I begin to feel as though everything I have done hasn’t changed anything.
And then I get depressed.
Well, I don’t want that to be my response this time. And I don’t want it to be anyone else’s, either. And the truth is that there has been some change. There was probably some change the last time as well, but I just wasn’t able to see it. So, I just wanted to share this as a call to everyone to recognize that you have the power to enact change, but that change won’t come if you only get angry now and don’t continue to do something in fighting for it.
A thread of positive change that is happening because of the protests:
— emma (@_nectarine808_) June 4, 2020
So, even though the momentum has kind of died down somewhat, at least online, this is the time to keep fighting. Whether you set up a reminder on your calendar to do something once a week or once a month, that’s still important. Whether you speak out to your racist family members when you can, that’s still important. Voting is extremely important. Raising awareness and continuing on even when the anger is no longer visible in your timeline is important.
And I get that life, as a whole, can be very distracting. It’s incredibly easy to go back to how things were and live because there are tons of things people think about in the day. But I want to challenge everyone, especially those who are white like me and have the privilege to forget how this affects people of color every single day, to take at least one day a month to do something productive fighting for justice and equality for black people.
They can’t ignore it, so neither should we. I’m not asking much.
So, if you do nothing else today, sign this petition for Emerald Black. Trigger warnings for violence, trauma, police brutality, and miscarriage. Frankly, I think conservatives should be extra pissed about this particular case since they’re so against abortion. You can sign this one, too. Police need to be held accountable for their despicable and inhumane, racist behavior. It’s great that we’ve gotten cases reopened and that the four cops involved in George Floyd’s murder were arrested.