For the last week-plus we have watched our country explode in the midst of an international health pandemic over an issue that Black people have had to fight for hundreds of years, Racism. More specifically, racism in the form of Police who are paid by the people to protect and serve. Yet it has been shown again, this time in the most drastic obvious way that too many officers and people in power believe that they only need to protect and serve the "majority" and not black people. I am purposely not saying people of color because although other "minorities" face racism and bigotry it seems the Black people die much more at the hands of racists and police officers who act out their racism and feel justified to do so because of the feeling of invincibility.
So now that we have seen even more clearly the injustice of this country we are at a tipping point. We are seeing protests unlike we have seen in this country since the height of the civil rights movement over 50 years ago dealing with the same issues...Racism and Injustice. Police brutality. Inequalities for black people in what is known as the greatest country in the world, the land of opportunity. Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.
Now we have a choice to make. Are we outraged for a week... two weeks? Are we going to keep up the outrage until some real changes are made? What do those real changes look like? Many agree that one major step is during elections to vote for candidates whose policies align with your concerns for justice, equality, economic empowerment, etc. I too say voting is a first step but it is one step with many layers. It is a given that the current administration occupying the White House needs to be replaced but we need to vote at every level. Congress, State Legislature, Judges, District Attorney, City Council, Mayor, School Board, etc. They say "all politics is local" so if we want to change the structure of power in this country we need to test that saying.
There is so much more to do. So much more to say. So for now I'll just say let's not be outraged just for this news cycle. Let's stay outraged, strategize and continue to make our voices heard until we make change over the long haul.
Peace, Love, Happiness and InJoy.