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uncomfortable conversations.

Hey y’all.

I know I don’t have to tell you that the world is on fire right now. Y’all know what is going on.

A few days ago, I posted a little thing about everything that is happening, but I wanted to go a little more in depth. Some of my previously scheduled content has been going up, but I have not promoted it on any social media, except for the Black Lives Matter post. I feel uncomfortable returning to making bookish content without having this conversation.

First off, let’s acknowledge the problem at hand. Racism within law enforcement is real.

Police brutality aimed at Black people is disgustingly present in the US, the UK, and so many other places. There are people arguing that the police are doing their jobs and protecting the community. If this is your take regarding the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and any other unarmed Black person, you are saying the lives of Black people are not as important as yours. That their safety isn’t cared about. That they don’t count. If that if your take, you are racist. Plain and simple. 

There are, of course, the people who undermine the BLM movement by saying “All lives matter.” This is a tactic meant to disregard the BLM movement. If all lives matter, why don’t those of the Black community? If all lives matter, why aren’t you outraged at this radical bigotry? The Black community is the one hurting. They are the ones in danger. All lives won’t matter until Black lives matter.

Blue lives matter is stupid. I’m sorry. I will be blunt. You are blue by choice. It’s a job. You get to be blue for 40hours each week max. Black people are Black 24/7. Any argument for blue lives matter is irrelevant.

ACAB stands for “all cops are bastards.” The word “bastard” here means corrupt which is a commentary on the system being one that allows this to happen. It does not mean “all cops are bad.” ACAB is a call of reform of the system.

White silence = violence. By not commenting or remaining silent, you are siding with the oppressors. As white people, it is more likely for society to hear us. Meaning, we should be using our platforms to boost Black voices. We should be using the privilege we have to make Black voices heard. Black people don’t get to decide whether or not they should talk about this. They have to live it.

Changes that have been made since George Floyd’s murder on May 25th: 

Breonna Taylor’s Law has been passed in Louisville that regulates “No-Knock warrants” which resulted in her death.

A bill was proposed in Colorado to regulate and address law enforcement policies.

The statue of Robert E. Lee will be removed from its place in Richmond, VA as soon as possible.

LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti, reduced funding to the LAPD from an outrageous $1.89 billion. As of now, $100-150 million is being cut from that near $2 billion.

New York city council is calling for a $1 billion budget cut from the $6 billion NYPD over the course of 4 years. The money reduced is going to go towards funding for other programs including the summer youth employment.

Ferguson, Missouri, hometown of Michael Brown who was murdered by the police in 2014, just elected Ella Jones as the first black mayor! Jones is also the city’s first woman mayor.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is set to remove the statue of former Mayor, Frank Rizzo, due to his homophobic and racist actions.

There is a bipartisan push to abolish program that supplies police force with military gear.

Michigan had a unanimous vote to enforce police education and bias training.

Georgia judge is ready to try the 3 white men responsible for the unjust murder of Ahmaud Arbery.

George Floyd’s murderers are being charged with 2nd degree murder!

We are making change. Whether the news wants the world to see it or not, we are. The news isn’t showing the peaceful protests. San Fransico had thousands upon thousands of people marching. None of that was shown on the news. The news shows the cops kneeling with the protestors, but not them instigating the violence.

Our work is far from done. Sign every petition you see. Donate when you can. Listen to Black voices and educate yourselves.

We’re living through a revolution. Which side of history are you going to be on?

Link to a Twitter thread of petitions that still need signatures!!!

Love always,

ej.

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Hey y'all. I'm ej, a 20 year old, book lover and occassional blogger.

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