“You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it...”- Malcolm X
I typically do not join into the hoopla of protests. The reason for this is simply because there is but so much walking and chanting I can do. I’ve never been a fan of it for a few reasons but the main reason is because protests only gives us an inch, when we deserve a mile. Actually, We deserve 40 acres and a mule. But what do I know? I am also the type of person that says we need to stop recalling what our ancestors went through and change the narrative. “Move forward with the opportunities that our forefathers gave us”. As technology expands, so does the opportunity for entrepreneurship, so does the advancement of POC in the arts and fashion. Generational wealth for African Americans has never looked more promising as well as a fact of our reality.
However, As time progresses, I can’t help but wonder: ‘At what price do we pay for our much deserved advancements? Why is it that in 2020, when we should be worry about our health as well as our loved ones, how our businesses will bounce back from a pandemic or how we’ll begin starting another job search while feeding our families; we’re, instead, worried about the “essential workers” dressed in navy blue killing us for nonsense?’ Tell me, White America: Should we, that is to say Black America, be more concerned with “Karen” calling the police on us, while she strangles her dog and pretends to be attacked by a black man that is simply bird watching?
It’s only been a week and if you haven’t been under a rock, you’ll know, yet again, Black America has to question if the government understands OUR basic civil rights. You’ll know that the media and the President has made it seem as though we’ve been looting and rioting in the streets, when in fact it’s been stagers. If you are aware of your privilege, you’ll also know that we are fucking tired and are no longer REQUESTING basic rights, we’re demanding it. You’ll also know that what we also demand is that you stop being quiet and fight with your peers’ human rights as you do for animals, the LGBTQ community or the many white women in the ‘Me too’ movement. You’ll know that it’s time to put your money where your mouth is.
“Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.” -Malcolm X
I’m not going to carry on about how I feel. Bottom line is: it’s time for some real action. If they [The government] thought a virus fucked up their economy; let’s show them what unity looks like. Let’s show them that not only did our stolen African ancestors help build this stolen land, but let’s show them that we’ve kept them in business since the very beginning. It is a known fact that Black Americans spend an estimated of $1.2 TRILLION a year. From June 15th through the 22nd; I propose ALL OF AMERICA, or at the very least my followers and their followers, spend money only with black businesses, we do not go to work on the 19th, and we do not use public transportation.
Celebrities and racial equality groups have tried this before and it either was non- existent or they decided to do this for just one day. One day isn’t enough, How could it be, especially if we’ve been protesting about equality all these years? We need to show everyone that we are no longer requesting respect, we are demanding it.
The To Do List:
-If you are a black business: Every day during the week of the 15th, for the duration of 1 hour, you and your employees shut your business down out of respect for all those we’ve lost due to inequality and protest on your perspective blocks. This means powering off your lights, internet, and phone data. #Blackoutweek
–If you are a white business owner and would like to show your solidarity, especially those in a gentrified neighborhood: Do the same as above but instead of one hour, protest for two hours. #Blackoutweek
–If you have to work this week: take the 19th off and tell your employer why.. What the fuck are they going to do fire you and catch a lawsuit? #Blackoutweek
–If you don’t want to chance the above: then carpool with coworkers (Not lyft/uber). Take a bike in, lose your quarantine weight. DO NOT RIDE TRANSPORTATION. Not only do you not want to expose yourself to covid but MTA needs to be taught a lesson. They’ve been raping us for as long as they’ve been around. Ya’ll should be tired of their shit too. #Blackoutweek
–If you must shop: Google black businesses to purchase from or really consider how necessary the items are. We’ve been preparing for this all through quarantine, this should be a piece of cake. You know how to hold on to your money, you’ve done it for almost 3 months. In every urban neighborhood, we have butcher shops and/or fish markets. These are likely owned by a POC. Shop there for your meats. #Blackoutweek
–If you’re white and want to do more than protest: follow the steps above and speak up about what you’re doing. Post it on your page, not just your ig story. Do not just apologize for your silence. We learned in Kindergarten that ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. #Blackoutweek
-Lastly, Everyday from June 15th- 22nd starting at 1pm-2pm. Power off all of your electronics: If you must record the revolution, then do so with your data turned off! Post it when you come back online.
“You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.“- Malcolm X
Again, I am not a protesting type of woman. But I understand the need for it. I dislike that we protest for a few days, allow the fire to calm then become surprised/outrage that justice wasn’t served. Months down the road, we’ll find that another one of us has been handled unfairly and has lost their life. We need to break up with our abusive partner. And we need to show them, actively and daily, that enough is enough! Put your money where your mouth is and do something. Please stand with me.
Lastly, stop saying “you can’t breathe” Haven’t you learned anything about manifestation? You CAN breathe and while you breathe you should fight. Amerikkka wants us to commit suicide; Do not stand by and idly watch as your peers and our future dies.
“Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it” – Malcolm X
Photo featured is courtesy of Adrian Wright Photography