George Floyd. A son, a man, a husband, a father, and a friend. And the face of a movement. I come from a country where people followed a man who taught racism and antisemitism. I come from a country where people decided that their “love” for their nation is based on hating jews. I come from a country where they believed that white skin and blue eyes are the factors of a perfect man. I come from a country where people watched the harassment and the abuse of their citizens in silence. I come from a country where they killed 6 million people because of their religion.
Year after year they’re teaching us these horrible facts in school, Year after year we have to carry the consequences of this injustice on our shoulders, And year after year we still act like we wouldn’t see what’s going on. We have already seen what racism does to our countries, to our society, and especially to the black people in these societies. The whole world was affected by slavery or the killing of Jews, German or not, but we continue to look away.
Who is most likely to get invited when the employer goes through applications? White people. Who is most likely to get a rent contract? White people. Who can walk down the street without getting harassed? White people. And who doesn’t have to be afraid to lose their kids every time they walk out the door? White people.
Why don’t we learn from our mistakes? Why do stick to them and watch people die? Don’t get me wrong. I am part of the problem. I closed my eyes to all these situations, to all these facts, and to all these deaths. They didn’t affect me, so why should I stand up? And being loud always comes with getting criticized. I am not a very politically informed person – maybe I could say something wrong, or offend somebody…
I am truly ashamed of my behavior. Does it really need a video of an innocent, black man getting killed to wake me up? Obviously. Does it need another one? No. And do I need a major degree in social science to talk about racism? Also no. All I need is a common sense of humanity. That’s all. I am awake, and so are the world. I will not longer tolerate these kinds of belief systems. I am apologizing to all the people I let down, and to all the people who suffered in silence.
I know these certain events didn’t happen in Germany, but that doesn’t make them less important or less tragic. We are one race, and when it’s about injustice and hate, there are no borders. And I am willing to learn. So please, if I act, do, or say something wrong, just tell me. Being a non-racist isn’t enough anymore. We have to become anti-racists. Let’s do what our ancestors weren’t able to do. Let’s create a loving, anti-racist world. I will stand with you. I will walk with you. I will fucking fight with you. And I will listen. From now till forever.
resources & organizations to donate to:
B O O K S:
- ‘Assata: An Autobiography’ by Assata Shakur
- ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X’ by Malcolm X
- ‘The Wretched Earth’ by Frantz Fanon
- ‘Revolutionary Suicide’ by Huey P. Newton
- ‘To Die for the People’ by Huey P. Newton
- ‘Freedom is a Constant Struggle’ by Angela Davis
- ‘Are Prisons Obsolete’ by Angela Davis
- ‘Women, Race, & Class’ by Angela Davis
- ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race’ by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- ‘Black Feminist Thought’ by Patricia Hill Collins
- ‘How to be Less Stupid about Race’ by Crystal Marie Fleming
- ‘Killing the Black Body’ by Dorothy Roberts
- ‘Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower’ by Dr. Brittney Cooper
- ‘Heavy: An American Memoir’ by Kiese Laymon
- ‘How To Be An Antiracist’ by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ by Maya Angelou
- ‘Just Mercy’ by Bryan Stevenson
- ‘Me and White Supremacy’ by Layla F. Saad
- ‘Raising Our Hands’ by Jenna Arnold
- ‘Redefining Realness’ by Janet Mock
- ‘Sister Outsider’ by Audre Lorde
- ‘So You Want to Talk About Race’ by Ijeoma Oluo
- ‘The Bluest Eye’ by Toni Morrison
- ‘The Fire Next Time’ by James Baldwin
D O N A T I O N S:
Justice for Kenneth Walker (for his legal representation supporting Breonna Taylor)
Sybrina Fulton’s Campaign (Trayvon Martin’s mother is running for office in FL)
Know Your Rights Camp their Legal Defense Initiative will pay for legal assistance for people protesting in MPLS + Kaepernick’s charity is funding the project
Support small online Black owned businesses – Twitter thread of places to support
Donate to the following groups:
http://www.mothersagainstpolicebrutality.org Mother’s Against Police Brutality!
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