Speaking as an Asian-American, POC struggles are not the same as black struggles. In no way am I demeaning or diminishing the issues POCs face but rather differeniating and emphasizing how black people live a different reality than us; one where they are oppressed more than any other race just based off the pigment of their skin. we as a collective society need to wake up, recognize our privilege, inform those around us, spread awareness, put our money where our mouths are, and not only support but fight for our black community. the systematic racism that exists in (not limited to) police forces, education, healthcare, etc is unacceptable. and for those who remain idle, silent, and complacent, i urge you to recognize that THAT is extreme privilege and essentially choosing the side of the oppressors.
let me be vulerable real quick:
Before university, i was one of those silent bystanders. racism was present in my classrooms and racist jokes and slurs would spew out of my classmates. i did nothing. and for the longest time i thought it was okay. okay because I wasn’t the one saying those words, okay because those classmates weren’t really my friends, okay because i was ill informed, okay because when people were racist towards me i laughed it off. when i finally lashed out at an old classmate and stood up to racism, i was called sensitive and singled out by the very people i once called friends. i felt embarassed, dramatic, sensitive, and alone. it was horrible. So i understood why some people chose to remain silent, idle, and complacent. but that’s where I was so wrong. it is OUR job and duty to stand up to racism and inform the people around us. it starts with our small communities to fix wrongs. we OWE that to our community and to the black community. we CANNOT be afraid to speak out against things that we KNOW are wrong just because it makes us feel uncomfortable. yes i did feel singled out but at the end of the day id much rather be alone and have spoken out than be complacent and okay with racism.
i stand with the black community in their fight towards justice. we’ve allowed injustice to linger for far too long. here is the link to where you can help, sign petitions, donate, spread awareness, etc.
I’m learning every day still and I want everyone to know that it is OKAY to change your mind about something after doing research and self reflection. that’s the beauty of our minds, our ability to CHANGE.
there will be NO peace in a world where there is NO justice for black people. say it with me: black lives matter. today, tomorrow, and every fucking day🗣 @ireneham #blacklivesmatter#blm#freetoedit#awareness#information#blacklives#racism