Black Lives Matter

June 10, 2020


It has been around two weeks since my last blog post, and so much has occurred within this short period of time. While my last two posts were dedicated to sharing photographs from my travels this year that I did not have the opportunity to share during the busy academic year, I could not possibly resume uploading those travel related posts without addressing the current circumstances.

I am outraged and appalled by the recent injustices that the Black community has faced. The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and the recent killing of George Floyd are sickening examples of the continued prevalence of discrimination in this country. What is perhaps most horrific is that these violent acts have been occurring for years unnoticed, and that it has been through video recordings and posts on social media that these unjust acts have gained the attention they deserve.

The ability of law enforcement personal to exhibit police brutality and consistently get away with their actions unscathed is emblematic of an even more sinister issue of systemic racism in the United States. The very foundation of the United States was built upon measures that seriously advantaged white, wealthy men, and these systems established by those in power continue to benefit white individuals while disadvantaging people of color. To quote from the website Race Forward, racism is apparent in our lives across institutions and society: Wealth Gap, Employment, Housing Discrimination, Government Surveillance, Incarceration, Drug Arrests, Immigration Arrests, and Infant Mortality. 

As a white woman, I know that I will never fully understand what it is like to be a person of color. I will never know how it feels to be the only Black student in a room full of white kids. I will never experience the same fear that a person of color feels when a police officer signals them to pull over on the side of the road. I will never be able to feel the same burden that Black Americans feel when a member of their community is cruelly killed by an act of police force. 

But what I can do is be an ally and an activist. I can recognize my privilege as a white individual and use that privilege to actively speak up as well as to help elevate the voices of the Black community. I can educate myself and those around me, and use my knowledge to better challenge those who do not understand the true meaning of the Black lives matter movement and encourage them to become more open-minded and understanding of the continued oppression of people of color.

A lot of very helpful and informative posts have circulated on social media about how to become a better ally as a white person. One of the most powerful messages I have read is that it is not enough to dislike racism, you need to work towards antiracism. And so I will continue to educate myself and encourage others to do so as well. I will continue to support platforms and initiatives that support communities of color. And I will continue to work towards antiracism after the media attention has died down, because while white people can turn a blind eye and dissociate from these terrible incidents of racial injustice, Black individuals do not have that same luxury.

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  1. YES YES YES! Thank you for sharing girl x

    Lisa | lisaautumn.com

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  2. I couldn't agree more!! We all need to do work and continue this movement!

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  3. Love that you made that post ❤
    Highly recommend watching the documentary "13th" in case you haven't yet!
    xx
    Selina | Selina’s Inspiration

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    1. Thank you! I just recently watched "13th" on Netflix. It was so eye opening and I learned so much from it!

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