Dear White People,
Stop killing Black People.
If you aren’t, personally, killing Black People, stop your friends, relatives, and colleagues (ahem, police officers) from killing Black People.
If your friends, relatives, and colleagues aren’t killing Black People, stop your elected leaders from looking away while their constituents are killing Black people.
Stop police chiefs from looking away while their officers are killing Black people.
Stop your friends, relatives, and colleagues (especially the ones you don’t talk to, because you don’t agree with their politics and their views on things) from looking away while White people are killing Black people in the streets, in their homes, in their vehicles, in their stores, in their playgrounds, in their schools, in their places of work, in their cribs, in their sleep, and in their places of worship.
Stop looking away.
Stop making excuses.
Stop blaming victims.
Stop finding reasons why any of them deserved it.
Stop finding reasons why the killer did it (overwork, mental health issues, stress, etc.)
Stop failing to hold each killer accountable.
Stop keeping silent.
Stop allowing fear about doing or saying the wrong thing stop you from doing or saying anything.
Stop allowing shame and guilt and fear to silence you.
Stop telling Black people how you’re not racist.
Stop allowing this to be someone else’s problem.
There is a racism problem in the White community. Y’all need to work on that. Especially those of you who believe you’re not racist. Get your people in order.
P.S. The above also applies to Brown people, Muslims, and Trans people (with appropriate adjustments for xenophobia, Islamophobia, and transphobia in place of and/or in addition to racism).
#BlackLivesMatter #BlackSpring #CharlestonShooting#TomorrowItCouldBeMe