I Was Complacent in My Whiteness, Until I Couldn’t Breathe

I felt like I was about to die…

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

Protesting in Philadelphia

Yesterday, I participated in a peaceful protest in the streets of Philadelphia. A protest that was organized to give voice to the voiceless. To demand change. To cry out and grieve the state-sanctioned violence against PoC (especially black people). To stand up and disrupt the status quo.

My wake-up call

It’s a humbling experience to understand that yesterday was only the first time in my life where I felt like my life was threatened by police officers. The first time I honestly didn’t believe they were there to protect me.

Take action

Resources to educate yourself and others:

A Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources

Actions to take:

Below is a guide copy & pasted from social media

  • Donate MEDICAL SUPPLIES to people working as medics at the protests
  • FEED PEOPLE — buy food and water, or make food, and donate it to those who are part of or affected by the protests
  • VOLUNTEER at non-hot zone areas to supply food and water
  • Continue to EDUCATE the people around you — this is also emotional labor
  • PICK UP people from the hot-zone if they need it
  • Offer to WATCH KIDS if their parents are organizers and need to be on the frontline
  • CONFRONT RACISM wherever you see it, online and with family/friends
  • SHARE LINKS to every resource for protestors you can find — bail funds, information for those arrested, safety precautions, updates for those in your area, etc
  • DONATE directly to frontline people and organizations
  • WRITE articles and blog posts in support of the ongoing protests
  • ORGANIZE on your jobs and in your communities for fair and equitable practices
  • REST is revolutionary and inherently anti-capitalist too, so do your best to rest when you can, and take care of yourself and those around you as much as possible.

Fiction/Non-Fiction Writer & Poet. Pole Dancer. Lover. Mental Health Advocate. Painter. Singer. Myers-Briggs PBNJ. She/Her. racheldrane.com

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