George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Michael Lorenzo Dean, Eric Reason, Christopher McCorvey, Christopher Whitfield, Atatiana Jefferson, Dominique Clayton, Pamela Turner, Botham Jean, Antwon Rose II, Stephon Clark, Ronell Foster, Aaron Bailey, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Ahmaud Arbery, and more. The list keeps growing. Every single day more names are added to this list of lives lost at the hands of racism and a systematically racist system.
Today marks the ninth day of protests against Police Violence (something if you've been following my twitter you know is important and vital to the betterment of society). The reality is this was a long time coming and the anger people feel is erupting like a volcano that has been on the verge for years. The damage caused is massive but the necessity of this movement is more important than money. After all, it took Martin Luther King's assassination, six days of rioting in 110 American cities to get the government to pass the civil rights act. I'm not going to condemn the movement, even the riots and looting because as MLK Jr said riots are "the voice of the unheard." And people are tired of being ignored.
So today, today I am asking you to remember that a rising tide lifts all boats and we must all take part in being the wave that washes reform over Washington. Remember to register to vote for this November's vital election, and if you are participating in the protests, please be prepared for what you might face. Those who are not, there are many legal funds you can donate to, as well as speaking out on a more intimate level with friends and family. Please follow me on Twitter for current updates on the situation.
Also please get tested for COVID if you are protesting because you are at increased risk. We need to remember this pandemic is NOT over, even as we fight for our right to live without fear of violent police.
Lots of Love and Hope,
PS. We raise our children to know what's right so they can speak up for others, so they can fight for those who are too tired to fight any longer, so they can pick up where we leave off in the fight for justice and a better world. We raise our children to know what's right so they will be a guiding light when we are gone.