"There is hope for humanity, but in order for us to get there, we really have to interrogate not just what it takes to change laws, but what it takes to change culture that supports laws that uplift humanity and also supports laws that serve to denigrate it." - Alicia Garza, Black Lives Matter Co-Founder
PRIDE - Alicia Garza
It's June 3rd. 2020. If you are seeing the images on television or are out there participating in the protests across the nation, then you know that 45 must go!!
Yesterday, there was a heck of a lot of traffic on Insta regarding the black squares the music industry called for - BlackTuesday. Many of us, including me, had not considered the impact such an action would have on the blocking of resources the #blmmovement
offers when large numbers of us use the Black Lives Matter hashtag.
Many may have responded to the call to remove the hashtags or even delete the hashtag or the post. What I'm curious about is how many folx felt personally called out by #blmleaders
or their accomplices when they rightly pointed out how the action, in and of itself, was performative & harmful. Moreover, I wonder how many got stuck in their feelings of embarrassment & shame & shutdown the opportunity to truly listen and learn. Did anyone take genuine action? No. Then start by donating to $ to BLM today.
Own up to your mistakes, correct them, & then learn to do better next time because there will be a next time. If you are not a black person, then everyone knows you don't know what the black experience is, we don't need to hear about it to explain your cluelessness. Focus on your impact; not your intentions.
It's also not just about elevating black voices, it's about LISTENING to black voices, which means breaking down your own defenses & fears of being perceived as a #RACIST
. That means you MUST do the anti-racist work! Read, learn, go inward & if you get it, talk to YOUR people who don't!
BLM is part of queer history!
#aliciagarza #pridemonth2020 #pride #blackgirljoy #defendblacklives #blackqueerlivesmatter #blacktranslivesmatter #dumptrump2020