This thing, which should not even be a contentious statement, is the reason for the full week of massive protests here in Philadelphia, in America, and even the world. I support all the BLM protesters under all conditions.
If you are reading this and the statement Black Lives Matter is somehow uncomfortable to you, ask yourself:
“Why would someone feel an intense need to assert that their life matters in this country? And why would they believe I don’t think that their lives matter?”
And fucking sit with that.
If you can’t see it, you’re deliberately not looking.
If you finally see it?
Read “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo and realize this is not even the tip of the iceberg: this is a white woman’s perspective and she doesn’t even break ground on this; this is the easiest possible starting place. Then go read “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo.
Realize that these two books are just the start of a VERY long life of unlearning the unconscious bias that has been fed to you.
Then read everything on the Schomburg Center Black Liberation Reading List.
If you’re on Twitter and you follow Black people like Bree Newsome Bass or Charles M. Blow or Imani Gandy, don’t reply! Just freaking read. Just listen. It does not matter if you think they’re wrong.
No, really, it doesn’t. They’ve lived through a lot more than you have in this regard.
And for the love of all that is holy, stop giving Shaun King money until he actually finishes something he’s started.