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I’ve gotten a lot of questions about what we can do right now. Some food for thought.
First, Black people are exhausted. I’m exhausted. Angry. Devastated. Scared.
There is not *one* easy thing you can do right now to make you or anyone else feel better about the fact that this country allows black people to be hunted and killed like animals. There is not *one* easy thing you or anyone else can do to make this go away.
I try really hard not to be enraged at these kind of inquiries. Protest for too many is a performance for someone else’s benefit — rest assured people are not facing tear gas to perform for you. They are sick and tired of being stripped of humanity and no one doing anything.
Ending police violence is a long game. It takes organizing. Protest to up the ante. Public and private pressure. Electoral organizing strategies. Telling new stories about us and what we are fighting for.
Imagine holding all that and watching as time and time again a black life is extinguished before our eyes, and the laws protect the killers.
So when I say change the laws and change the people who make them, I’m serious about this. Police should be held accountable for crimes they commit. So should this country.
I don’t have easy answers for you. And honestly I want us to stop looking for them and start supporting the organizing work people are doing and have been doing.
Follow @Blklivesmatter for updates and to get involved. Get involved with @ColorOfChange to hold prosecutors and police accountable. Support the hundreds of organizations that work to fight this every day. @ActionSTL. @byp100 @Mvmnt4BlkLives. There’s a lot of them.
We gotta stop looking for easy answers and instead join the hard work. Please and thank you. Be good to yourselves. This is a marathon that no one wants to run. #BlackLivesMatter #GeorgeLloyd
Of course, you can also support the work we do at the @blackfutureslab and the @BlackToTheFutu1 to make Black communities powerful in politics. There are SO MANY organizations working hard to change this. Support them. Please and thank you.
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