I know it seems like all hell has broken loose and we are in chaos. We are. But we are also rising. From what I've seen online, more and more people see what's obvious to those of us who have been targeted our whole lives:
• The chaos is being generated and inflamed by those in power. There is video evidence of piles of bricks being left near protest sites where there is no construction. There's video evidence of a man in a police-issue gas mask busting windows and here's a different angle.
There's evidence that the majority of looters and vandals are not from the areas where looting and vandalism is taking place.
There's so much evidence of police brutality. This woman was walking with other protesters nonviolently when a cop snatches her phone. Then he shoves her so hard she ends up hospitalized with head injuries and having a seizure. I've been following her and she's okay.
This boy was standing with his hands up. A cop shoves several white people and then snatches the Black boy's mask down and maces him.
The national guard and Minnesota police shot rubber bullets at people who were obeying the law. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety website explicitly says you can be outside on your own porch, yard, patio, etc. during curfew.
And then there's hope!
• In Flint, Genesee County Sheriff laid down his baton and took off his helmet and joined protesters to "make it a parade!"
• In Louisville, KY, white people linked arms to protect black and brown bodies from abuses by the police.
Companies are speaking out and taking action:
The tweets above from Netflix, Hulu, and HBO are just a few released from major companies in the US standing in solidarity with Black and brown citizens and condemning the blatant racism rampant in the U.S.
Mark Mason, the CFO of Citigroup, wrote a passionate call for us to see the injustices right in front of us and do something.
Brian Cornell, the Chairman and CEO of Target, promised full pay and benefits to those displaced by the damage to the Minneapolis Target store and said Target is preparing "truckloads of first aid equipment and medicine, bottled water, baby formula, diapers and other essentials, to help ensure that no one within the areas of heaviest damage and demonstration is cut off from needed supplies."
The Senior Leadership Team at Best Buy wrote that everyone needs to internalize the injustices Black people face so the country can overcome them.
I know chaos isn't fun. But it's often necessary when there's major change. Everything feels like upheaval. Remember to stay centered. Take deep breaths throughout the day. Drink plenty of water and rest. Watch as little news as possible. And speak out! Stand up for others. Shine your light to fight the darkness. Know in your heart that goodness wins when we all take action.
I'm sending you #FierceLove
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