As we watch the world engaging in protests for Black Lives Matter, we have a decision to make. Who do we want to be?
I recently heard African American news commentator Van Jones speaking about the murder of George Floyd. He called the movement “the great awakening,” and said this: “Much more is possible than we dared to hope for. Somebody killed a black man, and everybody cares. It’s a miracle. It’s never happened. Somebody killed a black man, and everybody cares.”
His response is one of hope. Other BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) feel rage. Others feel beyond saddened and worn down. Let us hear and absorb it all. And let it place the question in front of us… who do we want to be?
My hope is that whites (including myself) will not let this movement be in vain. I hope that we take a more active role in listening to the responses, engaging in anti-racism, and dismantling white supremacy. We must. Black lives depend on it. This is the decision point. As companies, as individuals, and as a nation, who do we want to be?
The video below is one of my offerings of anti-racism. But the journey has only just begun. Connect with me on LinkedIn to see my continued efforts. Let’s engage in an anti-racist conversation. https://www.linkedin.com/in/vickiflierhudson/
We must not sink back into our comfort zones when the stories of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, and countless others fade from the news cycle. They deserve better.
Black Lives Matter.