I’ve been struggling with what to say for the past few days. I am afraid of misspeaking, and the easiest thing to do would be to stay silent. To turn a blind eye – and that is a luxury I can afford because I am white. I am privileged.
I want to be an ally. I want to be an advocate for people of color. And it starts with using my voice. I know I am not racist, but I also know that I have not been as actively anti-racist as I could possibly be. I have sat silent when friends, colleagues, family members and strangers have said or shared something racist, because uncomfortable conversations are so hard. I know I have not been the best advocate, but I am committing to changing that. I sincerely hope you will, too.
I can’t pretend to know or understand what people of color constantly endure in their day to day lives. I have never looked suspicious for jogging down the street. I have never felt unsafe going to church. I have never been afraid to ask a cop a question. But I can educate myself. I can listen, and I can learn, and I can teach others. I pray we learn from this.
It’s not enough to simply say you’re anti-racist anymore. It’s not enough to share a black square on social media with the hashtag #blackouttuesday. It’s not enough to support black lives and businesses until it’s no longer “trending.”
They provide legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. They challenge racial injustice and help end mass incarceration. (@eji_org)