I constantly learn from her the relationship black communities have with this country. I’ve learned the ways our two lives have differed because of our difference in skin color. In addition to my other friends of this community, Gaylyn teaches me everyday how to be a better ally, and she has taught me the importance of allowing space for her and her community to live and be fully in their purpose.
The news of George Floyd breaks my heart and angers me, as does the story of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubrey, Stephon Clark, Philando Castile, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Walter Scott, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Stephon Clark, Trayvon Martin, and other souls that I continue to educate myself about.
I don’t know what to say and I have so much more to learn, but I know what I feel. And my heart aches and my blood boils at the hate and fear that is rampant in this broken nation. Change must happen. We MUST do better.
Every person deserves to feel safe, and free of fear, regardless of the color of their skin. Police brutality and our complacency to it has gone on for far too long. This can’t just be another band-wagon activist moment, concrete change needs to be done.
It is 2020 people. There are no excuses, there never was. We have deep, intricate problems in this nation. It’s time we face them head on fully, however uncomfortable they are, and start taking action. We need to heal and come together, for the better of EVERYONE. I refuse to believe we are beyond repair.
To my dear friends and loved ones of this community, I’m sorry. I’m sorry another soul has been gone too soon at the hands of hate. So much more needs to happen than just another apology. I stand with you, will continue to fight with and for you, and will continue to educate myself and others to be a better ally.