To those who’ve been active during protests in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks and the list that is unconscionably long, please maintain your commitment to the work of anti-racism.
We’ve seen an inspiring level of action and momentum fighting anti-Black racism in the past couple months resulting in some critical policy changes. We’ve had much media coverage about anti-Black racism and the ongoing protests. National brands have articulated their support for Black Lives Matter.
At some point, almost certainly before racism is abolished from American society, the national attention will shift its focus to something else. Black Lives Matter and the work of anti-racism may no longer be the “cool” thing to get involved with from the larger societal perspective. Please continue to work to dismantle racism even if the spotlight shifts. Continue to show up to rallies. Continue to pressure your representatives to defund police departments. Continue to aim your spending at Black-owned businesses. Continue to fight to make your workplaces less racist.
Do this because it’s the right thing to do, not because it’s what everyone else seems to be doing.
Nate Baum, Seattle