My parents will not approve but I did it anyway. I joined a march to lend my voice to the cause. I demanded for justice and said NO to police brutality. I screamed ‘Black Lives Matter’ and said the names of all the countless Black individuals that have been killed by white supremacist and racists.
I recognized that the legal profession is not immune from the impact and is often complicit in supporting systemic racism. I joined a group of lawyers who took to the street to exercise their first amendment right to assemble and protest against the deaths and larger systemic issues that allowed these deaths to take place.
Today, I decided to rise to the moment and recognize that I do not have to be ‘Black American’ to use my time, skills and strength to effectuate change as part of efforts to dismantle systemic racism. This was not a time to make a distinction. Being black isn’t a requirement. All I have to be is human!
A lot of people would not approve and would rather not exercise their right to assemble. These are people like my parents who relish the idea of safety in a shell. Those who will rather turn the other cheek and do nothing about the status quo. They have several reasons which I do not agree with but I have come to respect their decisions. #Right2Choose.
While I recognize that bravery is not for everyone. There are a bunch of things that can be done to ensure that you are not complicit thus being on the side of the oppressor.
- Admit when you are wrong
- Acknowledge when you are complicit
- Amplify the voices of people who know and do more
- Keep seeking newer and deeper understanding
- Have some empathy, you don’t need to have experienced it.
It is not enough to be non-racist, this moment demands that we all be anti-racist.✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼Forever fighting for causes that are dear to my heart. Black Lives Matter.