“I see you Black girl *and boy.
You’ll never be invisible to me.
I’ll burn cities down in your name.”
- expert from “When You Decide To Be Honest” by
Barbara Simi Muhumuza.
That quote (with my edit) has BEEN a forever mood. To be Black has been iconic, magical and worthy of all the praise... even when they dragged us here in 1619 covered in nothing but chains and agony. Ive been seeing alot action for change - protests, videos, photos, informational social media posts, but I just want this energy to be taken to the grave and passed on to generations to come.
As a soon to be mommy of two black boys and an educator who’s been committed to being a social reformer in and out of my classroom, I’m feeling a kind of way. Why? Because this uprising isn’t our first, second or third rodeo. We’ve been in a vicious cycle because of large numbers falling for complacency and comfort and allies not really being allies. With that being said, my feelings that I can’t quite describe, come from worry of the time when people start to move on, forget about our need for justice and get back to their privileged lives.
The pandemic has allowed so many to have all of the time in world to show up for Black life (or at least look like they are). But ask yourself, what will you do when time doesn’t allow you to hop up and protest or read about Black history or click around social media and see nothing but resources and opportunities to step in for us? THAT effort is just as, if not more valuable, than what’s being displayed right now.
So I just want to make something very clear - You can’t be committed to this work for your immediate benefit or because it SEEMS like the right thing to do right now. We need to be down 24-7/365. We need to be educated on the roots of this beast. We need to be truly committed to change and not allow normalcy to kick in. BUT, know that change may not happen for you and I... this fight is for our Black children, Black grandchildren, Black great grandchildren and so on.
Our being, outrage, passion and culture isn’t a trend or something to cling on to when it looks cool. This is a lifelong dwelling and the work that goes along with it ain’t always pretty.
Educating yourself on the honest beginnings of this country and systemic racism is a major key in keeping this thing pushing. So make sure that YOU do your part so that we don’t lose this momentum. Keep your foot on the gas and don’t let up. Our Black babies can’t afford partial commitment.