What Now?

Looking at my last blog post, it’s been a year since I posted.

What? A year? What on earth could I have been doing for the past year that I was too busy to write?

A new job, a complicated pregnancy and a new baby, a threenager, adjusting to life with 2 instead of one, COVID-19, the list goes on.

But now, amidst a nation in turmoil, all of that seems small and not worthy of coming here to start writing again. I also hesitate because I feel that now more than ever, is the time to be uplifting black voices and muting some of our privileged ones, a time to let others say what needs to be said and a time for me to just listen. But then I realize that this is my platform, my only platform, and to sit back and say nothing is not acceptable.

I haven’t written in a year, but there are important words to be said and resources to share. Am I here to share my favorite workout or new recipe? Not right now, this is not the time for that. I’ll get back there at some point, but this is not the time.

This is the time for justice. This is the time for learning and unlearning. This is the time to use the only voice that I have for good, to accept criticism on how I do or don’t use my voice, and then use that criticism to be better. This is the time to be a better human and to always uplift my fellow humans, particularly BIPOC, and to do whatever I can to change the trajectory of this country towards justice and equality, instead of the thinly veiled hate and injustices that we are seeing on a daily basis.

And I’ll be honest here — I’m not entirely sure how to do this or how to use this specific platform, but I can’t just sit and do nothing. I can’t just sit and say nothing.

I stand with George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. I stand with Rayshard Brooks. I stand with Ahmaud and Trayvon, Freddie Gray and Tamir Rice and all of the other people of color who have had their lives brutally taken simply because of the color of their skin.

I stand up to raise my voice against this senseless violence, against the ideologies that have been ingrained in this nation that has allowed these killings to happen. And just as important, I stand up to create change in order for justice to be served, for these injustices to no longer be swept under the proverbial rug.

Black lives matter. Black lives matter. Black lives matter.

BLACK LIVES MATTER.

Black lives are loved, cherished, and important.

Black Lives Matter.

Below are some links that I’ve found helpful, insightful, and educational. I’m taking time every single day to do something — sign a petition, read articles, educate myself and share resources that I come across. Perhaps this list can help you do the same. I have privilege that I’ve ignored for far too long, and I suspect that many of you have to. Let’s do the work. Let’s be heard. Let’s change this damn thing for the better before it’s too far gone.

Obama.org: Anguish and Action – There are so many good links here, ways to be active, and educational articles. A great place to start!

Being Antiracist – From the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Verna Myers: How to Overcome Our Biases – This video is embedded within the link above but it is so powerful, it deserves it’s own link. Well worth your 18 minutes!

Say Their Names – The New Yorker. A powerful depiction of victims of senseless, race-driven killings.

Racism is Terrible. Blackness is not. – The Atlantic

Reflections From A Token Black Friend – Medium

How Did We Get Here? Confronting Race In America – A live virtual event on Tuesday, June 16 at 11:30 am ET from The Atlantic.

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