follow-up to Finding Love
As important as love is, "love does not win until we start loving each other enough to fix our fucking problems" -Samantha Bee. Love is radical, sure, but what we really need is ACTION to dismantle systems of violence.
"Love and prayers" can sound like emptiness when we aren't actively fighting systems of violence -- and we, as non-Black people, need to do better. THIS (ESPECIALLY) INCLUDES NON-BLACK PEOPLE OF COLOR. Let's not forget about the anti-Blackness our communities perpetuate; let's not forget that the officer who shot Philando Castile is Asian. We need to hold ourselves just as accountable (or honestly, even more accountable) than white people.
If we want to call ourselves "people of color," (which is, by the way, a term coined by Black people) it is our responsibility to continually uplift Black voices and communities. As people of color, we're all victims of white supremacy, yes, but that doesn't mean we face the same struggles. Philando Castile and Alton Sterling did not get killed for being PoC, they got killed for being Black.
"Don't try to hide under the PoC umbrella to dodge accountability because it makes you uncomfortable to admit we are also participants in the very same anti-Black racism that takes Black lives. This is not about us, it is about BLACK lives." -- Cassandra Alice