I hate that I have to write this post.
I even told myself I shouldn’t — that others have more right (of course they do) and others can say it better (obviously) and the world doesn’t need yet one more white person adding their voice.
We need more voices raised, not fewer. No matter what the color of your skin, remaining silent is not acceptable.
It never was.
And we cannot allow ourselves to be distracted with intellectual discussions over the true cause of racism or police brutality. Telling ourselves that we must focus on the underlying causes in order to cure the disease.
The fact is, yes, those discussions must happen. But until the cure is found, we must treat the symptoms. And we must do it now.
Otherwise, we wind up here. Yet again.
Because if it takes violence for us to act, then we are the ones causing the violence.
Two days ago, The Cut published an article, How to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality by Claire Lampen. It’s the most comprehensive list I’ve seen, giving tips on how to support protesters, businesses, where to donate and how to stay informed. Do yourself a favor: read it and share it.
And please — whatever you do — always choose love.