I have nothing else to say that hasn’t been said already. Instead, I’m opening this space to share what others have said so much better than I ever can.
NBPOC and allies, please give way for our black friends to grieve, to be angry. Do not ask questions that begin with “What about”, “But when”, “How come”. This not not the time for that. This country has witnessed three violent, horrific, unjustifiable deaths barely days after they’ve celebrated their independence. How far have you really come though? Why are we in a place where a four-year old that just witnessed and is in the crux of a traumatic event is comforting her mother? How is that a thing that is okay?
Take action, make the calls, cast the votes.
Chicago, if you’re looking for something proactive and concrete to do today, you can assist in the push for rescinding the “Blue Lives” Chicago ordinance which aims to further deteriorate police accountability. You can also directly contact Alderman Edward Burke and the public safety committee to demand the rescindment of this Hate Crimes expansion ordinance proposal.
Edward Burke, Public Safety Committeeman of Chicago City Council
You cAriel Reboyras, Public Safety Committee Chair of Chicago City Council
Willie Cochran, Public Safety Committee Vice Chair of Chicago City Council
Roxane Gay’s piece in the New York Times: “Alton Sterling and When Black Lives Stop Mattering“
April Reign in The Washington Post: “Why I will not share the video of Alton Sterling’s death”
Adrienne Russell on Fusion: “Alton Sterling was a felon. Philando Castile was a ‘good man.’ None of that should matter.”
Danez Smith’s poem on Buzzfeed: “It Doesn’t Feel Like A Time To Write”
Hannah Giorgis on Buzzfeed: “I Am Tired Of Watching Black People Die”
Camryn Garrett on her blog: “A Heavy Load“
Jesse Williams’ BET speech, because if this doesn’t shut down all you nimrods campaigning for him to be off the show, if this week isn’t evidence for how wrong you were and how right he was, I don’t know what else is.
Kel Kray on Everyday Feminism: “Why the Growing Alliance Between Police and White LGBTQIA+ Folks Is a Problem“
Ijeoma Oluo: “What You Can Do Right Now About Police Brutality”
Ryan Williams-Virden wrote this on his blog: Deafening Silence: White Silence and Alton Sterling
Gofundme for Alton Sterling
Gofundme for Philando Castile
The Guardian database: Number of people killed by the police in the US
Laura Silverman has listed places to which you can donate. #WordsForChange
Jon Green on Everyday Feminism: “30+ Resources to Help White Americans Learn About Race and Racism”
Bianka Bell on The Establishment: “How Pseudo-Allies Enable The Killing Of Black Bodies”
David A. Graham: “The Second Amendment’s Second-Class Citizens”
POC friends, queer friends, disabled friends: if you need to talk, to shout, to rant, to rage, to grieve – I can hold space for you to do that. If you need someone to sit with you in silence, I can do that too. If you need me to reach out to you everyday to check in, I can do that. If you need me to leave you be, I can do that too. Anytime, day or night, say the word. Allies, I have made the calls, you can too. I can’t vote, but you can. Please use your power. Do not let this slide.