On July 19, 2020 we hosted an event which was an interruption of the usual, the comfortable. This post contains a video of that event. The interruption was necessary to make space for the recognition of a painful trend of violence towards the black community in the United States and around the world.
Many of us know the pain of discrimination, oppression, and the threat of violence simply because of who we are. Many of us have felt unseen and unheard. This is why we focus in, why we give our loving attention and respect to a specific community today, the Black community that is calling out to be seen and heard.
We must understand that this is a suffering that is not accidental, not the result of “a few bad apples”, but the intentional result of a society built on the exploitation of Black people, Black labor, and Black bodies.
We must understand that many of us, unknowingly, unwillingly, are often the beneficiaries of the targeted suffering and exploitation of the Black community.
How do we push back on this? By focusing our love. By mourning with. By seeing, hearing, recognizing. By letting the unheard and unseen lead. By asking, “what can I do to help?” And then, doing what is asked of us. With our votes, our resources, our skills, and our speech.
We recognize this pain, because only then can we transform it. I ask us all, myself included, to speak up when we see discrimination, no matter how big or small. Whether it’s the person being patted down at the supermarket, while many others walk by without a second glance. The racial stereotypes presented by loved ones and friends in passing. The uncomfortable conversations that need to be had, that will disrupt our daily life, but to lead to a society that will someday, hopefully, stop taking lives.
And I ask us all to say Black Lives Matter.