Updated: Oct 4
“In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends” ~Martin Luther King~
The horrific events in America have led to a trend today in social media #blackouttuesday, and sadly this is not a new occurrence and is something which Is happening daily.
We need to amplify the voices of the Black community and the voices of Non-Black people of colour
As a White mother of mixed race children I cannot sit silent behind a black screen because of a hashtag or social trend which will disappear into the abyss for so many, I will fight alongside all those who are oppressed because of the colour of their skin. I have and will continue to make life choices which lead to a better world for Black People and non black people of colour.
Although I understand the sentiment Black people do not need our silence, or black squares wiping out an entire movement on social media because people have misused hashtags.
Black people have had our silence for hundreds of years as we have sat and allowed social and political systems to torture, oppress and bury their voices and stories.
So I have chosen not to share a blank screen - right now when we need to share information, when we need so much to spread what is going on. whilst people are listening, whilst people are tuned in, we can amplify their voices by sharing them, we can DEMAND equality and justice by ensuring their voices are heard...and that our outrage and energy is channeled toward change and justice.
Please take time to read and share @scottwoodsrules quote - linking him and not me and take time to visit Wordpress (the link is in his bio) and read the full essay.