It’s overwhelming because I’m white
It’s overwhelming watching all these images all the brutality and hatred watching a man kneel on another mans neck until he dies he can’t breathe
It’s overwhelming because I haven’t experienced it first hand
It’s overwhelming because there are so many other forms of hatred to fight but I know that this is the time for this fight
It’s overwhelming because we can’t stop, I can’t drop out, I need to be part of the solution
It’s overwhelming because it’s evolving everyday
It’s overwhelming because traditional media and those that control it are pushing it away using tried and trusted methods to keep their white agenda foremost in the minds of the masses
It’s overwhelming because of the years of systemic conditioning and fascist rhetoric that seems part of our every day now; my privilege easily hides this from my eyes
It’s overwhelming because I feel powerless
It’s overwhelming because my privilege is allowing me to learn about this through reading not by experience
It’s overwhelming because my feelings of being overwhelmed are a privilege that black lives don’t get too choose
I am overwhelmed
But I am working on it
- Teach Black History in Scottish Schools – sign this
- Justice for Sheku Bayoh who was killed by Scottish Police – donate
- Anti-Racist Resource Guide – a long useful list
- Books to read – suggested starting points
- Ways you can help – more links to petitions, where to donate, who to call and more.
There is much more to say, so much more to do, but this is where I’m starting. Pushing aside those overwhelming feelings, pushing aside my own guilt at not doing anything before now.
Black Lives Matter.