I don’t usually make posts like this on my blog or social media. I prefer, and try to remember, to lift up and promote the voices of those who directly face the systemic issues of racism and police brutality on a daily basis via my Twitter and Facebook accounts and in my occasional link drop posts.
After what happened yesterday, however, I made an exception to this post in the hopes that my privileged friends and colleagues would take note and #StayWoke. The below post was originally made on my Facebook account and is as follows:
I made this tweet yesterday (see photo). I want to live in a world that has changed systemically so much for the better that I >NEVER< have to NEED TO MAKE A TWEET LIKE THIS AGAIN!
To see folks upset that people were active about this event was sad. That this was the tweet that would become one of my most popular/active tweets and for hours was in and out of the first 10 tweets shown in the ‘Top’ search for that HT by Twitter was worse. It should never have needed to be said.
To see the (way too) many people (usually white, some with confederate flag profile pictures) defending the cop, saying that Sam Dubose asked for it, and a whole host of other things that I would never want to utter, ever, was disheartening and maddening.
This was not an isolated incident. This was just the next name in a long line of names that show up as hashtags day after day after day – Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Sean Bell, Rekia Boyd…
I never saw the Sam Dubose issue show up on the “Trending” list on Facebook ONCE yesterday. So, if by some chance you have no idea what my tweet is referring to, or have not heard of Sam Dubose, I urge you to read my past posts, to do some research, and to be aware of the injustice surely going on around you.
This has to stop. Those of us who have a ton of privilege in these areas NEED to speak up, to be active, to not act like it’s OK or it doesn’t exist or these events are the exceptions not the status quo. #BlackLivesMatter