Today, I choose to be silent. Through that silence, I aim to develop understanding for a community that I do not share the same experience with. I aim to develop a deeper compassion for what anger in the fatal reality of injustice feels like. I aim to remind myself that while I am a woman of color and may have had my fair share of prejudices and racism growing up into adulthood, it will still never equate to or be allowed to subdue the African American experience.
When it comes to my disagreement with looting and violence as a form of protest, I remind myself of 3 things:
1) There is a small percentage of this happening in our nation, though media would have us think otherwise.
2) I cannot allow my disagreement with looting and violence speak louder and take away from my original anger and frustration in not just police brutality but systemic oppression overall.
3) Judgement is not solidarity.
So today, I remind myself that while my emotions run high, faith courses through my veins at an even greater rate. It is through faith, understanding, compassion, empathy, and love that I choose to operate from.
May God continue to allow our hearts to hear and our minds to see.
If I haven’t been transparent enough, let me be undoubtedly clear, I stand with you today and always.