The ongoing wave of protests has been generating a lot of noise, shaking the world, creating a movement that's not necessarily geared to wake us up but to remind us of social injustice as a consequence of racial disparities. That while we may have come a long way from where we were decades ago, we admittedly still have a long way to go in our efforts to fight racism. But this fight, this outrage shouldn't just be happening because demonstrations are occurring, shouldn't just be persisting in the form of protests. Now that we are reminded, we musn't forget. We should constantly assess ourselves, ask ourselves questions, search for ways on how to be better, and remind ourselves and our families not to engage in & tolerate racism ever. To dialogue often. Keep the conversations going. The noise doesn't have to die down along with the physical protests. There are lots of other avenues to show support & resources to educate ourselves with if we take the time to find them.
Because protests don't happen forever. Can't happen forever, especially during these extraordinary times, where we're not only dealing with escalating violence & opportunistic chaos but also a global pandemic and its negative economic impact.
The protests are becoming hotbeds for the spread of the virus, which can lead to the dreaded second wave. They've also been unfortunately infiltrated by networks of looters that have destroyed livelihoods of innocent people.
These protests, this outcry has made an indelible mark in history, iconic like the Brooklyn Bridge, towering over the city, unmissable, unmistakable, enduring. But we are also at a fragile moment in history, with unemployment, debts, loans, hospitalization, & death rates at an all-time high. We are not trading one for the other though, only being strategic about it. To continue to voice out while helping beat the virus at the same time (e.g., petitions, donations, educating ourselves, social media posts, artwork). So in the end, we can emerge stronger together.
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