I wanted to take a pause this week in deference to the moment we’re in, culturally. It has felt like a mass awakening among non-black people to the oppression black people are still subjected to, day in and day out. And while I want to say that I was already aware – I live in a diverse community, have racially diverse friends with whom I’ve always had big talks about race and racism, I’ve donated to black causes, and, of course, I’m raising my kids to not be racists – the truth is I have not paid close enough attention to the oppression and I have not been the kind of agent of change our culture really needs. Good intentions aren’t enough if they stop short of dismantling white supremacy, and I am committing to doing and being better as an active anti-racist (by educating myself – using some of the resources I shared in my last post, fighting for police reform and for the relocation of funds from my city’s police budget to social services that support black and brown communities, getting involved in my kids’ school diversity committee, regularly donating to black causes, protesting peacefully, and other acts as I learn about them and think of them and prioritize them).
Today Breonna Taylor should be celebrating her 27th birthday, but she was murdered when cops burst into her apartment, thinking it belonged to someone else, and shot her eight times while she was sleeping. Her killers still have not been arrested. Consider donating to a gofundme to support her family as they fight the justice system, which is expensive, is time-consuming, and will take a further toll on their mental health. Before she was a hashtag, Breonna Taylor was a 26-year-old woman who played cards with her aunts and fell asleep watching movies with friends. Read more about her life and who she was as Friends and Family Remember Breonna Taylor.
Next week regular posting will resume on DW and maybe the news cycle will begin to shift focus, as it does. But I hope this cultural moment stays with us – or, more appropriately, I hope we stay with it, and that we continue the work that has really only just begun. I found this article particularly useful in listing concrete actions one can take to Support the Struggle Against Police Brutality.
Have a good weekend, everyone.