(Baby Reiks and her Dad; Garms, Unknown)
This post started as a hack
of sorts. I came home to find this picture with a tiny message written underneath on my blog. I was having a bit of a rough day and seeing my smiling fam was an instant reminder of how blessed I am. My heart is so heavy for all the children, sons and daughters that have lost their fathers in the U.S. due to the extremity of institutionalized racism married with perverse police brutality. I can’t even begin to fathom Reiko growing up without her dad. Or having to worry about the safety of my family on a daily basis. This picture reminds me that if one of us isn’t safe, none of us are.
In this time, we really must band together, support and love one another. If you see another person of color being stopped by police, pulling over or winding down your window accompanied by a simple ‘Hey, is everything cool?’might make the difference.
If you pass another black girl on road and homegirl’s hair’s on fleek, tell her. If you see another person of color in passing, nod them. Say good morning.
Do you see where I’m going with this? The shift needs to happen. Our communities must grown closer. Small, daily expressions of love cost nothing, but together we can slowly build each other up. One day, one gesture, at a time.
If you’re reading this and you happen to be of Caucasian background, don’t be discouraged. Just because you aren’t black doesn’t mean you must be silent (unless you’re about to comment ‘All lives matter’ below this post. In that case, please leave. Your racism is showing and has no place here. Don’t even get me started). You can help by showing kindness and empathy in such unjust times, and standing with us in the fight to retain BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS.
My heart is heavy but my love is weightless and outstretching. Stay safe, stay positive, and keep your heads high.
An attack on one is an attack on all.
When I’m out I’ll look out for you (I see you K, wink wink)