2015 is drawing to a close and still, I am outraged by the ongoing racism in this country.
I should probably be trying to think about other things like my resolutions for 2016 and my classes for my next semester and plans for the summer and so on, after all, I enjoy white privilege and could easily turn a blind eye to what is continuing to happen. It would be so easy.
But I will not because I would not be able to sleep at night or look at myself in the mirror when I – God willing – wake up again each morning.
When our country has become a place where police express fear of twelve-year-old children playing in a park, there is something deeply wrong with our system. The fact that a grown man can possess that fear means that we have systemic problems that run deep.
This, of course, is not news. Our country is built on the backs of black people and until each and every one of us acknowledges that and does their part to shift our culture, nothing will change.
White mass murderers are escorted away from their crime scenes while children of color are shot on playgrounds and their shooters face no penalty. This is not okay on any side of the equation.
I do what I can, at least I try. I spend time on Twitter reporting racists and, as they often seem to be wrapped in one, sexists. (I will admit that I thoroughly enjoy it.)
And I do my damnedest to walk the talk and make sure that I am not perpetuating racism through my actions.
Each and every day I try to check myself and think about my words and actions and make sure that I am not feeding into the chaotic abyss our country is spiraling towards.
I have no lovely clever words to bring 2015 to a close.
Personally, it was an extraordinary year, but I am ready for a new one. I would, however, very much like to skip ahead directly to 2017 and not have to endure the pathetic circus of election year, but somehow, we will get through it. I hope. We’ll see.
So, there you have it. 2015 is nearly over and 2016 is just around the corner and racism and sexism are alive and well. I will not remain silent. I will not sit back and keep my mouth/eyes/ears shut.
#BlackLivesMatter #SayHerName #TamirRice and a list too long of all the other #hashtaggedvictimsof2015
May 2016 bring us all countless surprises and positive new beginnings towards a world with less hatred.