After a week of finally getting mind and thoughts together after the terrorist attack in Charlottesville, I wanted to start this piece like:
"We told ya so."
"Dear KKK, catch me outside, howboutdat."
"Protect your energy my brothers and sisters."
"Really republicans? Really?"
None of those did the best job at delivering the message I needed. So, I will start this piece off like this:
Yep, that felt good. Now that my mental is in the right place, let's chat. It's time to work people. Whether you're sharing articles on Facebook, protesting in the streets, organizing in a community center, or pushing policies on Capitol Hill - it's time to work. It's time to end (not silence) white supremacy once and for all. But, I understand that many of us aren't starting at the same place. So today, I want to share some quick keys for those of us looking to move the United States forward. Hopefully, you’re able to share this insight with your friends, family, and co-workers this week.
Question: Am I Participating in White Supremacy?
The recent terrorist attack left one dead, several hurt, and everyone ready to fight back. (Well, everyone except y’all lil president.) But anyway, what threw me for a loop was when several of the republican politicians spoke out against overt white supremacy .... like they weren't repeat offenders of covert racism. Here’s an image that simply explains the difference between overt and covert situations. Before you or the leaders in your community speak out against white supremacy, make sure you aren’t an offender or supporter of some of the quiet or less shocking forms of white supremacy.
Learn: Woke A** Book Alert
For those who understand there’s a white supremacy problem in our country, but would love a more in-depth insight, I encourage you to read “Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond” by scholar and journalist Marc Lamont Hill.
Hill offers a powerful, paradigm-shifting analysis of America’s current state of emergency, finding in these events a larger and more troubling truth about race, class, and what it means to be “nobody.” Again, once you have read it, definitely hit me up and let's set up coffee or a google hangout to discuss some of the key points.
Act: That Black Agenda Y'all Been Asking For
For those who understand there’s a problem, and have been educated on the in’s and out’s of the problem, now it’s time to push for solutions. It’s time for you to learn about, join, and take action using the Vision for Black Lives Agenda. In response to the sustained and increasingly visible violence against Black communities in the U.S. and globally, a collective of more than 50 organizations representing thousands of Black people from across the country have come together with renewed energy and purpose to articulate a common vision and agenda. “Our history has taught us that we must create our own agenda, we must implement it, and we must hold elected leaders accountable to following through.”
Last Two Cents from Thought Leader and Motivational Speaker, Damien Thaddeus: