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Posts tagged with 'blacklivesmatter' (8 posts)

Steve Ivy

It’s #juneteenth and some of my day is going to be spent educating myself. #blacklivesmatter

~ # 15:45 ~

Vacation in the Time of COVID

Soon we are headed out to California for 5 days just to get out of Arizona for a bit. But this is not “vacation”, this is “move the quarantine temporarily to another state”. We realized this morning that planning family #travel is more complicated now, with way less mental energy available to plan.

What used to be pretty standard “get us out of the house for 5 days” activities now feel like huge tasks which we have to accomplish with our brains 94% occupied by #covid19, #blacklivesmatter, #racism, and other current events. Just the idea of cleaning house (for the pet-sitter) feels insurmountable.

#travel #covid19 #blacklivesmatter #racism

Steve Ivy

What I can do: Give

To my shame, it took until the events surrounding George Floyd’s murder for me to really begin attempting to educate myself on “the rest of the story” of America’s history of institutionalized racism and violence. I’m trying to focus on 3 things:

  • LEARN the facts, outside of what was in my history education (“we win war for independence, we win ww2, happily ever after” - at least that’s what I generally walked away with)
  • LISTEN to black writers and voices about their American experience
  • Focus my own small voice on speaking to my fellow white Americans on our complicity in these atrocities and the system they’ve perpetuated.

I have SOOOO far to go. In the meantime, talking to my wife we decided that something we could do was to donate to support these organizations fighting for racial justice:

  • Black Lives Matter Global Network
  • National Bail Out
  • Know Your Rights Camp
  • Black Voters Matter Fund
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • The National Police Accountability Project

If you feel like I do, please consider donating - it’s the easiest way to get started - but it’s not enough. We’re going to have to start acting too.

#blacklivesmatter #racism #policing

Steve Ivy
Steve Ivy

It seems such a tiny thing, but perhaps we white bloggers could find Amazon affiliate links for products we link to that would benefit black creators and organizations like #blacklivesmatter?

~ # 16:30 ~

Steve Ivy

Protests being co-opted by “Mediators” who control them from inside #blacklivesmatter #georgefloyd

~ # 14:47 ~

Steve Ivy