No one should be fearful for existing.
With the overshadowing of horrifying atrocities around the world in my family and friends’ celebration for the holy month of Ramadan and the deeply problematic American issue of race bias and violence towards black people, I feel sadness as I have thought about and processed these injustices. These injustices have hit me to the core because they affect my family, friends and people I care for.
Black lives matter. And President Obama says it best, “So, when people say ‘black lives matter,’ it doesn’t mean ‘blue lives’ don’t matter, it just means all lives matter. But right now, the big concern is the fact that data shows black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents.” This is true for Alston Sterling, Philando Castile and the many black people who have to tragically serve as a reminder.
I am incredibly thankful for the people on my social media news feed spreading light and hope on very troubling issues. I am hopeful by using our voices we can demand social and judicial changes. But we have so much education and action to be done.
Moving forward, I want our community and world in becoming a safe and better place. Here are meaningful assortments of videos, websites, articles I highly recommend in educating ourselves and others on becoming more respectful human beings to one another:
Why Are We Still Talking About Racism? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwdJj8InkNc
23 Everyday Actions Punishable by Death if You’re Black in America
Test Yourself for Hidden Bias http://www.tolerance.org/activity/test-yourself-hidden-bias
Black Lives Matter http://blacklivesmatter.com/
Contacting Your Congressman or woman for judicial change: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
Asian Americans Pen Powerful Open Letter to Their Families about Why Black Lives Matter