By Fibonacci Blue from Minnesota, USA – Black Lives Matter protest against St. Paul police brutality, CC BY 2.0
I posted on Facebook that enough is enough. The violence against not only black lives but black men has become more ridiculous as in blatant murder in front of our eyes. I posted on Facebook, please speak your truth, your disappointment, and your anger, BUT we have to stuff offline as well.
As with Facebook, it got those who loved my post and some push back. Push back that I did not understand the Facebook post. That people were using their platform. That if we stopped talking about (on social media ) we aren’t using our voice. The (their) posts on Facebook were looking for understanding and empathy. This is what our social media culture is for.
For me, black matters enough for me to move the conversation offline. For me, my circle and my close knit community, I know empathize and understand what is wrong regardless of them being black, white, Asian, whatever . If I may ask- with your post, video, whatever you do on social to get others to understand then what? You understand and they understand then what? I know from history that understanding only does so much, action counts. You want others to understand to do something, say something, fight back the social injustice. We need to organize and get involved in to make a change in the community, in the laws, in the policies.
I’m going to break it down to take away the social injustice and treat this a relationship between two people. If I see someone being abused in another relationship and they want help and my partner doesn’t see anything wrong with it. I can talk about with them to get their understand, but I wouldn’t just talk to my partner about. I’m going call the police, I’m going see if I can give that person some help.
Imagine if Abe Lincoln just talked to his counterparts. He wanted their empathy and understanding. He took action and did the right thing. The Civil Rights MOVEMENT was taking their voice and boycotting, marching, meeting with leaders and giving speeches. Why are we so lazy in our generation to know that we can do more. Is history lost on us? Are we comfortable?
So, I say again, speak. Have your conversations, but for change everyone is seeking NOW, get offline. Call your representatives, know those community leaders, become a community leader, get your conversations for change with people who can make the change and if they aren’t any you can be that person. For me, posting on Facebook is just too easy. Easy is not going to bring change that we are screaming for. But that’s my opinion.