My first take of this video I went on a big rant but soon realized that I'm here to help people relax and find the peace they deserve. Emotionally rambling about serious issues too big for me to ever tarticulate properly isn't the way to go about it, especially as a privileged white person who can't begin to fathom the oppression PoC face. So, although I want to make a video screaming for all the hurt and injustices that have been rampaging our country recently (and for fucking decades and decades), I figured it'd be best for me to make a video to help those who are feeling helpless, anxious, scared, alone, sad, angry, etc. and then use my platform in a better way by promoting ways you can help in the description/comment section.
I was ignorant and didn't understand the BLM movement initially because ALL lives matter...right? In an ideal world we would eradicate ALL racial injustices simultaneously, of course!! But that’s not how the world works and would be counterproductive to expect happen. When the amazon rainforest was on fire did you yell to someone supporting the cause, “ALL RAINFORESTS MATTER!”... no. Showing solidarity in a particular issue, demanding and making the changes necessary and then jumping to a new problem is realistic and much more efficient! Black Lives Matter, TOO, is what the movement is saying; it is not undermining anyone else’s worth.
In too many ways over too many decades have black people been treated in ways that tell them they DON'T matter and it's all coming to a head right now with the grotesquely unjust MURDER of George Floyd by police. Of course, George is not the only black person to have lost their life due to police brutality and racism... this movement deserved to have this kind of momentum years and years ago. But we're here now and we can't let this pass as just another twitter trend. These are real people, humans just like us, who are being unfairly persecuted and murdered.
SO, what can WE do RIGHT NOW? Trying to protest in the midst of COVID and violent riots breaking out is scary, I know, and I truly admire every person that goes out to protest despite it all. But protesting isn't the only thing we can do to help! Here are some links of causes you can donate to that help immediate families, organizations, and protesters.
*Ways You Can Help*https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/
(this is an amazing site that puts so many resources together easily in one place)
*DO NOT DONATE TO CHANGE.ORG these go to the WEBSITE not the cause you're petitioning for*
*Black Lives Matter official website*https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_blm_homepage_2019https://www.blmla.org/
(find your chapter here: https://blacklivesmatter.com/chapters/)
*Support Color of Change Campaigns*https://colorofchange.org/campaigns/active/
text "Floyd" to 55156https://act.colorofchange.org/sign/justiceforfloyd_george_floyd_minneapolis
*Donate to George Floyd's Family*https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd
(Goal reached/6 MILLION DOLLARS DONATED!!!)
*Links to Help Bail out George Floyd Protesters*https://www.vogue.com/article/how-to-help-bail-out-george-floyd-protestors
(This is not me supporting violence/harmful riots... we're all seeing videos floating around the internet of terrible things happening- that doesn't mean every protester is acting out this way. There is a reason the riots are starting, though, and I'm not one to tell people how to protest when I can't understand the level of suffering they have faced and endured for decades. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s once said, "A riot is the language of the unheard." I hope and pray for the safety of everyone protesting.
- I found this video powerful: https://twitter.com/Deeromess/status/1266641724568453120?s=20.
I like this clip for the WORDS he's speaking on THIS ISSUE don't bring in your political bs; please take this message as it is don't just dump on it because you might not like CNN)
*National Police Accountability Project*https://www.nlg-npap.org/about-npap-justice/
*Donate to the ACLU - The American Civil Liberties Union*https://action.aclu.org/give/now?ms_aff=NAT&initms_aff=NAT&ms=web_horiz_nav_hp&initms=web_horiz_nav_hp&ms_chan=web&initms_chan=web&redirect=node/65102
*White People 4 Black Lives*https://secure.actblue.com/donate/wp4bl
*My intention is not to take any political sides on issues like these (and most, tbh). I care about people in a way I hope you do, too, and all I want to do is help end as much suffering as I can and I couldn’t be the person I strive to be without using this platform I’ve been blessed with to spread awareness and incite action.*
*For the sake of a better world, I hope we can all realize we’re in this together. Even if you have someone’s back simply so that they will have yours.*