I’m aware that the world doesn’t need another white woman’s take on the disproportionate amount of black people being killed by police in this country. This isn’t about me. But I can’t just write a lighthearted list about food or entertainment today and ignore what is happening right now. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Two men killed in the last 48 hours. Their lives were wrongfully and violently cut short. Like so many others. This is wrong.
I’m not going to watch the videos of the killings – I’m not going to invite those images into my head. I don’t think I’m wrong to shield myself from these videos. It’s good that the videos exist (nothing about this is good – I guess I mean ‘fortunate’ but that word feels wrong too); I pray the videos will help in the road to justice – maybe they will spur the changes that are so desperately needed in an eff’d up system. Honestly I don’t even know what those changes should be. But I definitely don’t think we should be sharing murder footage so flippantly.
Here are four videos you can share instead. Again, this isn’t about me – I’m not asking you to share my blog post (in fact I’d truly prefer it if you just shared the direct links to these videos). I don’t know what else to say. I beg you to be receptive to others’ experiences for ten minutes and listen to these people. Their perspectives are important. Let’s set aside our discomfort and listen to the people whose lives are affected by these incidents.
Watch This Video If I Die (Or Till That Happens) by Nathan Zed.
My Anger is Completely Justified by Ahsante Bean
These videos of the victims’ families make me weep no matter how many times I watch them: Alton Sterling’s Son Breaks Down During Press Conference and Philando Castile’s Girlfriend Diamond Reynold Speaks