If you were upset by #GeorgeFloyd's murder but are now condemning the riots, I encourage you to read this article from 2014 discussing the riots that happened in Ferguson. Sometimes it seems like nothing ever changes. If you're advocating for peaceful protests, but wanted Colin Kaepernick out of the NFL....what the fuck do you think he was doing?
If you're uncomfortable, it's because you should be. Please sit with this feeling and try to understand why that may be. Don't push that feeling away. We must acknowledge the power imbalance that we have in this country. The US was founded on white supremacy, built on the backs of enslaved people. We have never come to terms with this. We have not grappled with this. We act like it was in the past so it's over. It's not. And that's why we're here now.
Did you know that the modern police force evolved from slave patrols designed to find enslaved people who has escaped and to crush uprisings led by enslaved people? Is it all starting to make a little more sense?
The truth is complicated. The police are escalating peaceful protests in many cities with protests like last night. White supremacist groups also infiltrated these protests to instigate violence too. But we do a disservice to the struggle and injustice that Black people face if we say that nonviolent protest is the only answer.
It's up to us (white people) to sit back and listen and let Black community organizers take the lead. Donate to a bond relief in your city. Start reading some books. Google it, for fuck's sake. Message me if you don't understand and I will give you some more resources. But we can't go on like this, and we shouldn't have to.
"Riots are a necessary part of the evolution of society. Unfortunately, we do not live in a universal utopia where people have the basic human rights they deserve simply for existing, and until we get there, the legitimate frustration, sorrow and pain of the marginalized voices will boil over, spilling out into our streets. As “normal” citizens watch the events of Ferguson unfurl on their television screens and Twitter feeds, there is a lot of head shaking, finger pointing, and privileged explanation going on. We wish to seclude the incident and the people involved. To separate it from our history as a nation, to dehumanize the change agents because of their bad and sometimes violent decisions—because if we can separate the underlying racial tensions that clearly exist in our country from the looting and rioting of select individuals, we can continue to ignore the problem." Ferguson: In Defense of Rioting https://time.com/3605606/ferguson-in-defense-of-rioting/?fbclid=IwAR1iV1brXBCYxKfVrCJX33w0loLKpk9vsJgT0bMa1he0RDUz75nMPKo9rfQ