My wish is for people to keep in mind the concerns of what people of color might be saying on your timeline. These issues didn’t just pop out of thin air. There is a problem with racism still prevalent in this country and the only way we can move forward is to address these issues and stop trying to invalidate people’s concerns.
Statements like “all cops are bad” and “those people are thugs” are detrimental and have no place in an open discussion for progress.
I also hope that when someone makes a racist comment, you speak up. When someone refers to black men as “thugs” you speak up. When a person of color says “I am angry,” you try to understand why instead of talking over them. I ask that you be as open as you can and to educate yourself as much as possible.
And keep in mind that silence and ignorance is in compliance with the status quo. Equality comes from addressing these issues and working to find a solution, not trying to sweep them under the rug or reverting to name-calling.
I was scrolling through Instagram and saw these amazing videos. I haven’t seen any other outlets cover Ferguson the way that Ebony has. Seeing this makes me both inspired and angry.
I am inspired by the passionate display of people coming together for justice. I am angered because I have to go to the internet to find people who really care. Nobody IRL wants to talk about it because it makes them uncomfortable.
I need more black friends.
What’s disturbing to me is that many people are more outraged at the burning of American flags than the systematic murder of black people. This isn’t a fad. It’s been happening since Africans were dragged to this country in chains. Wait, before that because there are plenty of black bodies resting at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean – the ones who didn’t survive the journey to this land.
If you don’t understand why people are so angry, consider yourself lucky and privileged. And educating yourself might be a good idea.
I’ve tried to stay silent on the #Ferguson situation but given the amount of ignorance I’ve seen in the last few days, I feel compelled to say something.
1) If you are going to express your anger at the protests, please refrain from using coded language such as “thugs, criminals, ignorant hooligans” and the like. Your bigotry is showing.
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