Your voice matters in more ways than one.

Eight minutes and forty-six seconds is all the time needed to extract the life from an innocent man. Taking a jog at leisure could even provoke the attention of lingering antagonists. And please, be sure to say your prayers before resting in the comfort of your own home. How many more scenarios have to play out before we can finally silence the narrative?

     For centuries, Black people have been traumatized with a never-ending cycle of genocide. From the enslavement of our people, to black codes, Jim Crow, redlining, and police brutality — those are just the tip of the iceberg when attempting to decipher the deep rooted issue of racism in America. We must express our solidarity with the grieving families of David McActee, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many others who have lost their lives with little responsibility taken on the part of the powers that be. In this month alone, there has been a fountain of outrage, trickling in rivulets across our country. In such a critical atmosphere, silence is damaging. In every single protest, there is a spirit being honored and fought for. With each fist raised in the air, an impact is being made. We are the influencers of this generation, however your physical presence isn’t needed to make a statement. You could sign petitions that go toward the persecution of racist criminals who haven’t met their justice, donate to the bailout fund, or various GoFundMe pages that finance the funerals/support the families of those who no longer walk with us. Sharing links that’ll bring exposure to the #BLACKLIVESMATTER movement, and writing letters to your state legislators and anyone else whom you believe could make a change in your communities is also a form of protest. Together anything is possible.

We must acknowledge this infectious disease that plagues our country.

We must hear and validate the struggles faced by people of color.

We must show up.

We will prevail.

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