Be the Change

There is much that can be said about all the atrocities taking place in this country and around the world. Instead of being another voice reiterating what has already been said, adding another opinion into the discussion of segregation, racism, and discrimination, I do not wish to partake in such conversations. Please do not confuse my refusal to engage in these discussions as having a lack of an opinion. I have an opinion I just do not wish to discuss it. Having an opinion on something does not mean that you have to share it with others.

We find ourselves updating our statuses, commenting, and ranting on about the controversial issues that sprawl across our newsfeeds and television screens. While I do believe that it is important to stay abreast on the issues that are effecting our communities, I do not see it fit nor helpful to add reactions to an already ongoing and heated matter. As if there aren’t enough viewpoints being thrown around already. For months and months (read: years and years), we’ve talked about the same things over and over again. Though the contextual factors may have changed, there’s been no significant improvement in the voices or actions of the people.

So while I agree that changes need to be made, the change has to start with us. We have to be willing to do something differently. We’ve talked about it, debated (talked) about it, and rallied (talked) about it. Talking about it is about all that we’ve done. Social media can have a great impact on the changes that need to be made, but it takes more than standing behind 140 characters. Updating our statuses to echo the pain, sadness, and disbelief of the diabolical acts that are still happening in today’s America does not solve the problem. We know that racism is real, we know that Black Americans are being unfairly and unjustly treated in this country, so now what?

Now we must work towards move the conversation from problem-oriented to solution-focused. Let’s do something differently so that our children are not fighting for the same rights, equality, and justice that we are talking about now. The Civil Rights Movement created significant changes for Black Americans because they were capable of standing together, pooling their resources together, and working together for a common good (keyword: together). We spend so much time debating on who’s viewpoint is right or wrong that it takes away from the root of the issue and perpetuates the cycle, further separating us from the common goal. We must create the change that we are waiting to see and it starts with us working together for the good of our people, all people. Be the change that you are waiting to see.

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