If it takes violence for us to act…

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.

Well, actually...

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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.

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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.

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*Photos by frankie cordoba, Logan Weaver and Amber Kipp on Unsplash

15 thoughts on “If it takes violence for us to act…

  1. Thank you for speaking up. We must let the marginalized know that we empathize with their frustration, even if we may not personally be able to say “I know how you feel.” Just being there, standing with them, writing letters, signing petitions, supporting the cause with our dollars &/or our time is what we’re called to do. Those saying how horrible it was that an innocent black person was killed, but the violence has to stop have their priorities turned around. Rather it’s horrible that there was violence, but the killing of innocent black people has to stop.

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  2. I thought the same thing as you, and also chose to write about it. If more voices are raised, maybe there is a better chance at REAL change. xo

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  3. It sickening to say the least that this has been ongoing for generations, I guess the good thing to come from George Floyd’s death is that it’s now waking up an ignorant world. Thank you for sharing – please feel free to read my latest post too I touch upon the same issue, and let me know what you think.

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