Over the past 2 weeks I have received a number of calls, visits, messages, and texts checking in on me here is a bit of advice
As many of you are learning about the blind eye and silence moments that you had during the time our lives intertwined. Realize I don't want to relive them, I don't want to be considered a victim of them. I want you to look at me today and realize that I am dope and I chose to move forward without giving in to the stupidity, arrogance, narcissism, and pridefulness of others.
I created my own way when people tried to silence me. I didn't get invited to events so I made my own events. I saw not all youth were included so I decided to include them. I spoke up by becoming excellent at what I can do.
Every moment of racism and microaggressions that I have experience in my life, I do remember. I decided to move forward. It happened to me. I cannot change that. I chose to empower others by educating them and letting my movements in life speak louder for me.
I am willing to have conversations about the past but in order for me not to relive them, you have to be willing to listen without being defensive. otherwise, you are not calling to have a conversation you're calling to tell me again why I don't matter.
Easiest action step you can do today is to look at your own life and the groups that you're involved with and know who you are allowing to carry racist viewpoints to the decision-making process. Don't laugh or sit in silence, speak up to those people. Also, notice if people around you who want to talk about black people are trying to be saviors or if they want to celebrate and empower people.
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