My heart hurts and my eyes have cried more tears this past week than I can remember. Rest in peace, Mr. George Floyd. You grew up wanting to be a Supreme Court Justice. Instead, unbeknownst to you, you became a global hero instead.
You are in the company of many many more heroes, whose lives were stolen from them as all of your cries are resounding across the world; these cries that have harnessed hundreds of years of silence, pain, sadness, horror, and heartbreak. WE hear you. WE see you.
When we were created, do you think our Creator deemed any of Its children better than or less than anyone else?
Well, then if we think we are better or less than anyone else, these prejudices that have polluted our minds must be eradicated. It starts with each person individually and collectively as a human race.
It is important to know that isms are diseases: racism, sexism, ageism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, nativism. All isms are human rights issues. It’s not a matter of their problem or their issue because “it doesn’t really affect me.” False. Our children learn these diseases from us.
People are infected with these prejudices to varying degrees. It is no one else’s responsibility but ours, individually, to educate ourselves and treat each other as human beings and brothers and sisters, as equals.
The difficult thing, is that some people do not even know they are infected with this disease of prejudice. That, however, is not an excuse.
Please use the resources compiled below to continue educating yourself, your child(ren), and your families.
In the wise words of clinical psychologist, Dr. Shefali, “If all lives truly mattered, would we be even having this conversation?”
Please watch: Black Lives Matter
Anti-Racist Resources compiled by Michelle Ilugbusi (Instagram: Michelle.Oye)
Anti-Racism Resources compiled by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein
Anti-Racism Books for Kids
Are Your Kids Too Young to Talk about Race
Photograph by Frankie Cordoba