be the change


It's been over a month since I last shared a post. On June first I took a break from posting on social media to participate in the #amplifymelanatedvoices movement that took place on Instagram. Created by Alishia McCullough and Jessica Wilson the movement called people to reflect on questions like "what it is like to see/not see yourself reflected in your feed" and "how is muting white the noise influencing what doing better looks like for you?" I took the time to disconnect from social media and focus on educating myself about what was going on in real life.


Two days prior I had participated in a peaceful protest in downtown Denver seeking justice for the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many other black lives that were violently taken away by police brutality. Thousands of people gathered in front of the capitol building and together we chanted and marched through downtown demanding justice and standing up for basic human rights. Enough is enough, and we, as a society, have been silent for too long. Too many lives have been taken away by the violent hands of those that are supposed to serve and protect us.


The whole system is broken, in more ways than one, and change is overdue. I could sit here and tell you all the reasons I am so angry and disappointed in this country. But instead, I think you should spend your time doing your own research and listening to people that have more experience and are more educated on this topic than I am. Below is a list that can help you in your journey to understanding racism and how important it is that we talk about it!


LISTEN

Today Explained, episode The Talk

The United States of Anxiety, episode Can We Finally Build a Multiracial Democracy in 2020?

The Stoop, episode The Unexpected Family

Pod Save the People, episode Keep the Fight

Seeing White, episode Made in America


READ

How to Be an Antiracist

One Person, No Vote

Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race

They Can't Kill Us All

My Vanishing Country: A Memoir


DONATE

@bailproject a national jail fund that fights racial and economic inequalities in the jail system⁣

@blackvisionscollective a social justice organization and legal fund based in Minneapolis–St. Paul⁣

@NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the country’s first human and civil rights law firm⁣

@aclu_nationwide provides a broad range of legal services for civil rights issues⁣

@Colorofchange the nation’s largest online racial justice organization


SIGN

Justice for Breonna Taylor

2020 Voter Justice Agenda

Protect black-owned businesses

Justice for George Floyd

Defund the Police


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