You have a right to be upset. You have a right to protest. You do not have the right to attack anyone. You do not have the right to steal. And don’t you dare use Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a justification for your violence. He stood for many things, but violence was not one of them.
You’re right that race is an issue, but this world has a lot of issues. You’re right that police target young black men, but they have been programmed into this by what they have seen and experienced. Stop waiting for them to change. Instead change yourself then perhaps they will start to listen. And hear me on this one, Violence Does Not Solve Anything.
I am a proud white woman. I would not change who I am for anyone. And I won’t feel bad, because I was born white. I also won’t feel sorry for you just because you were born different from me. Instead we should celebrate each other’s differences while joining together to peacefully make ourselves heard. People tend to listen to someone who informs them what is going on and tune out those who are screaming at them. Sometimes, it is in the quietness that we hear the truth.
I think this video of my daughter singing really sums it all up. I love her so much, and I want her to be proud that she is a mix between her father (a black man) and me (a white woman). Sometimes, it just takes one small voice to change the world!!!
Embrace that change, be that change.