White people…yeah you…this message is for you!!
Stop being surprised….
Stop being surprised by racism
Stop being surprised by systemic racism
Stop being surprised by white privilege
Stop being surprised by police brutality toward black and brown people
Stop being surprised by the unnecessary and brutal deaths of black people at the hands of those meant to keep the peace.
Stop negating BLACK LIVES MATTER by saying All lives matter
Stop saying that Colin Kaepernick is disrespecting his flag and his country
Please just stop
Your surprise is an insult to every black person who knows and understands the struggle, who carries themselves differently because the fear of a misstep may cost them their lives.
Your surprise is an insult to every black person who will only drive the speed limit for fear of what could happen if they are pulled over for a simple infraction.
Your, “but I’m not a racist, how does this still happen” is an insult to any black person who wants to go for a run in a predominantly white neighborhood.
If you think you are not part of the solution, listen up. You are the solution.
Until we as a race who, whether you believe it or not, are provided a host of privilege just by being born with a different pigment DECIDE and CHOSE that this will end and it will end in our lifetime. Nothing will ever change.
Stop laughing at racist jokes and make the person who told it and the room uncomfortable by saying “THAT IS NOT OKAY”
Stop being surprised when a black man is highly intelligent, well-read and well-spoken
Stop being surprised by a successful 50 year marriage between 2 black people
Stop moving to the other side of the street when a black man is coming your way
Stop thinking that affirmative action is taking away jobs from white people
You, We, Me
We are the way out of this.
We need to change, it is going to be uncomfortable
You will need to call out your friends and family for their behaviour
The Government can not demand kindness, only we can
We are responsible to no longer be surprised by the grave injustices done daily to a group of people because of the pigment in their skin.
Instead, we need to say, my white privilege did this.