The Boiling Point
As we continue to mourn the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida; the deaths at the hands of police brutality of Alton Sterling, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota; and the shooting deaths of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge; the not so distant past injustice killings of Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tanisha Anderson, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, Korryn Gaines, Deeniquia Dodds, Zella Ziona, London Chanel, Kandis Capri, Pedro Erik Villanueva, Kalief Browder, Sarah Lee Circle Bear, Symone Marshall, Kindra Chapman, Raynette Turner, Ralkine Jones, Joyce Curnell and the countless others that have not made it into the media spotlight (#saytheirnames) – as an anti-racism foundation, we feel the need to add our voices. Being silent is not an option.
Excessive harm, tragedy and injustice have brought so many of us in this country to the brink or the boiling point. As we join together in solidarity toward creating a better community and just society, we come up against an ongoing series of one unbelievable act after another. As we join together in solidarity with our Black folks in creating a better community and just society, we must remember violence has impacted every part of our community.
Injustice and violence against our communities has run a thread through time. With the aid of social media it is in our faces – daily. All our tactics and strategies that we normally utilize are coming up against the ultimate test. White supremacy has been fueled by fear and division that has deep-seeded roots in our country’s fundamental origins.
The spirit of the Civil Rights Movement is re-emerging through Black Lives Matter. Our young folks are leading the fight for equity and standing up for justice. Change looks different. We march, rally, and organize. This is our way of countering what feels out of our control.
There is a dynamic history of significant successes from movements of the past, and even recent victories we can uplift. Let’s move beyond the boiling point, and continue our work together in solidarity. Our youth have picked up the baton and are leading in the most powerful, unapologetic way. It is vital for us to support the leadership of our youth and through our historical knowledge strive toward a multi-generational response.
Lastly as we all know, but at times fail to practice, is the importance of self-love and self-care not only of each other but our communities and loved ones. Check in on your family members, especially the young folks who are the prime targets. Have some tea/coffee with friends to make sure they’re alright. Even a text message to check-in makes a world of a difference. The most revolutionary act you can follow is to take care of yourself in any way you deem possible. Because this fight is going long and hard, we’re in the 4th century and the struggle continues. In order to keep up we must regroup and rejuvenate to keep those micro/macro aggressions from landing. Build your tribe so you’re not in this alone, so you have back up to call on when needed.
Everyone must regain their humanity, no one gets a pass.
We must do this together!
#Say Their Names