Black Lives Matter : What I Can Do As Individual

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Estimated reading time: 4 minutes, 12 seconds.

These past days have been eye-opening, hurtful, frustrating and very uncomfortable. But it’s a discussion we all need to have and to acknowledge. Racism has been such an anchored problematic in our system that we are all fed up of it and comes to think that it’s 2020 and still, racism prevailed.

Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black folks’ humanity, our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression. – Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi — created a Black-centered political will and movement building project called #BlackLivesMatter.

In 2014, Mike Brown was murdered by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. And now, 6 years later, too many names have been put on the victims list of police brutality against the Black Community. George Floyd’s recent death was the drop that overflows the mud. It comes to a point where it becomes an international revendication and union to fight.

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With the information and technology development we have in 2020, hundreds and even thousands of resources you can find online and on several social media platforms on what to do and what not to do during this BLM. On that matter, I have found a very useful Google Doc that resumes all of the resources and petitions, donations, protests goals, etc.

AN INVITATION TO REFLECT

But today, I would like to invite you to sit down and use your critical thinking while assimilating information online. A lot of infographics are circulating, even dictating in a way, your behavior and your way of thinking, using picture to spread their own agendas. I invite you to sit back and reflect whenever you encounter a new information.

Does this look credible? What do they gain by mentioning it  ? Where’s the source coming from? What’s the main message of this post?

And also really reflect on what you can do for the movement. Yes you shared a story and post it on Instagram? Good, but at the end of the day how did you really contribute?

Did you take concrete actions, did you sign petitions and donate, and give back to the community? How’s your everyday life would be affected by what you are doing? These are real questions I’m STILL asking myself and although there are different agendas inside the same movement, I should educate myself, research and find one purpose that I can align with.

BLOGGERS AND OUR PLATFORMS

I appreciate all the constructive discussions and feedback I had so far, I respect that people have different opinions. The question is touchy when it comes to bloggers and influencers, people expect us to speak up as a duty and having a platform, but what they don’t know is we are being bombarded by all sides : “you should post this”, “no don’t post that you don’t know anything”, “you disappoint me because you say that” and some would even take on racist slurs just to prove a point (which in my opinion goes against of what everything we are trying to do here..). 

If everyone really wants to contribute to the movement, people should stop forcing influencers and let them take their times to find the right words. Because most of the times, we are here repeating words a THOUSAND times in our heads to be careful to not say the wrong things. For people who came up to me and harassed me to post a black square to show my worthiness : If the cause is really important to me, do I really need to justify in every single post at every second what I did to contribute? Would you do that to your friends coming up to them and ask them «give me the receipt of all the things you have contributed? »No, because if you really believe in something, you do it you don’t even have to ask for permissions, and waiting people to validate you.

That said, I do recognize I have a platform and I have decided to share the information that I find the most useful to my followers, as expressing my point of view as clearly as possible. I will share links to resources, I will share reading recommendations because I think that is one way to you can contribute to amplify Black Lives Matter everyday and educate yourself, I will share black owned business because as a food blogger and food photographer, Black Owned Restaurants need to have more visibility and I will INSIST on you staying safe amid of COVID19, if you really want to attend protests, please follow the safety guidelines : wear a mask if social distancing is limited or impossible, wash your hands often, let the signs shout for you (shouting increase the risk of contamination because of the virus circulates in droplets). Here’s a link that resumes it : https://globalnews.ca/news/7015338/george-floyd-protests-coronavirus/

Some people would agree and some people would disagree with me for writing this post and that’s okay we are humans we have opinions, but I needed to express this matter and I think it is important for people to also ask the same questions.

I invite you to  take this week to learn about the movement and ask yourself questions, it’s the right time to be uncomfortable and it’s the right time to spark discussions.

Sincerely,

Trang

24 thoughts on “Black Lives Matter : What I Can Do As Individual

  1. I’ve kept relatively wuiet over it all as there is a lot of conflict going on inside me. I even wrote a long essayed reply on some one’s post that got deleted. People are quick to judge when i say all lives matter as I come from a country where white people are heavily predjudiced against. So my views are seen as inadequaat and racist. I wish everyone could just get along regardless of your skin color.

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  2. Thank you so much for this. As much as I respect and support BLM, where my husband comes from quite the reverse is happening which puts us in a tricky position to use our platforms to speak up. No matter what we say, we will hurt and offend someone… so we choose to be silent. And there are so many people who shame on white people not using their voices… so thank you for this post, and making me feel less guilty.

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  3. I think you made some great points there, Trang. More reflection is needed now. I think people also approach things differently, so everyone will support or show their support (if they decide to do so) in their own way. I think every little action to support the movement helps, whether it’s done publicly on social media or not.

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  4. Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou so much for this. I really needed to hear this. It overwhelms me with crippling anxiety that even thought I’m a blogger I haven’t posted something as fast as everybody else is doing and in that rush, I end up saying the wrong things??? I later read my post and realise I could wait instead of saying things that could be misunderstood. The anxiety is real especially in these times. Your post spoke volumes!

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    1. I feel you! I personally think you’re making the right call by taking your time to form a thoughtful post, instead of responding hastily and accidentally saying something “wrong” (even if you have the best intentions).

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  5. This is a great post Trang. We should all post our conscience and no one should try to pressure you otherwise, although I know that is not easy. Education is the best way to make an informed decision. Thanks for the link.

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    1. Gah fat fingers submitting before I’m finished lol I hope the observers of such injustice contribute in their own quiet ways and help us fight this battle! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful, insightful post!

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  6. True and we are all of each other. What and who will we be spiritually when we shed from our outer coverings, our bodies? I wonder if this is what God is going to show us in the end!🤔

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      1. Adam and Eve are the fore parents of us all. We all have created biological functions, catch the same diseases and illnesses, die, or get old and die. And yes there are more realities here.

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  7. Trang, thank you for using your platform to share resources on how to advocate for the movement and educate oneself! It truly makes a difference. Thank you for also shedding light on these issues, we should never be silenced about this nor should we undermine the roots of the issues!

    I wrote a similar blog myself about this topic! I would truly appreciate if you could check it out!

    http://awokenbyhadi.com/2020/05/31/we-are-tired-enough-is-enough/

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  8. I fully agree with you. It’s funny how some people don’t want to get involved because it doesn’t affect them and to them certain words like ‘racist’ and ‘racism’ is ‘dirty’. I’m trying to educate and re-educate myself on racism by reading and sharing it on my blog and it’s usually posts like these that I don’t get much response, which is ok and I respect it. But it wont stop me from doing it. Let’s continue this fight!

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