It keeps happening. It is like waking up to a nightmare that repeats. My stomach gets in knots. My chest gets tight.
Looking for answers from my community. My community expands my humanity.
Nichelle Gainer reminded me of what Toni Morrison said:
“It’s important to know who the real enemy is and to know the very serious function of racism, which is distraction. It keeps you from doing YOUR WORK. It keeps you explaining over and over your reason for being.”
They are already trying to distract us with a flag. I will NOT be distracted by the confederate flag. The confederate flag is a flag of the side that actually LOST the Civil War.
Elon James said:
“To be black in America is to be in a constant state of trauma and never have therapy for it.”
They will distract us with how to address the murder of nine people. Is it hate crime? Is it domestic terrorism? Is it a massacre? The trauma is greater than how we name it. It’s the trauma we feel from knowing there is no sanctuary for black people if our churches are no longer safe.
No more memorial hashtags. No more.