I saw a video last week that hit me like a ton of bricks.
Here we were, just days after the Buffalo massacre, where a white supremacist deliberately sought out a Black neighborhood to terrorize, and yet again we were a nation with no answers. And this is when I saw a video by an amazing Black creator, Jameelah Jones, (whose TikTok account name is @sunnydaejones.)
In this video, she addresses “good white people allies.” She started like this:
You are being outworked by your racist counterparts. See, the racists, the ones that really hate me, they are organized and they are mobilized. And you are still listening and learning.
She goes on from there. Here’s the LINK if you’d like to see the full video (which is only a minute long) and any of her other excellent videos.
Listening and learning — this is exactly what so many of us have been doing. And not that it’s a bad thing (as we white folk clearly have a lot of learning to do), but it is just so insufficient at a time like this.
I offer no specific suggestions as to what you should do now. Each of us is on a different part of the journey to be a better anti-racist. But find ways to get organized and mobilized. We can’t just let the other side run roughshod over our fellow Americans.