People across the United States and around the world are protesting in honor of George Floyd and to fight against systemic racism and police brutality. The vast majority of these protests have been peaceful and I think they should and will continue until we start to see some real change. I have made it very clear that I stand with the protesters and support Black Lives Matter.
If you don’t understand why people are protesting, I highly encourage you to read this article in the Los Angeles Times written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Here’s one of the key points Kareem makes that I think is important for everyone to read and reflect on:
What do you see when you see angry black protesters amassing outside police stations with raised fists? If you’re white, you may be thinking, “They certainly aren’t social distancing.” Then you notice the black faces looting Target and you think, “Well, that just hurts their cause.” Then you see the police station on fire and you wag a finger saying, “That’s putting the cause backward.”
You’re not wrong — but you’re not right, either. The black community is used to the institutional racism inherent in education, the justice system and jobs. And even though we do all the conventional things to raise public and political awareness — write articulate and insightful pieces in the Atlantic, explain the continued devastation on CNN, support candidates who promise change — the needle hardly budges.(Source – Los Angeles Times)
Now is the time for us to come together as humans to support each other and fight to put an end to systemic racism. If you are wondering what you can do to help, I highly recommend you read this article that shares seven different things you can do.
As I mentioned on Monday, this week I will not be writing about domain names, it is much more important to me to use my platform to show my support for Black Lives Matter and provide information, resources, and encouragement for others to get involved and take action.
This is not the time to be silent or pretend nothing is happening, now is the time to be loud, take action, and demand change.