I just want to start by saying I LOVE this pic of me because it was my first time visiting the Lincoln Memorial in 2016 and I was in awe. This is where MLK gave the “I have a dream” speech! That being said…I was a little embarrassed to share this pic of me with an unnecessary comment added but figured why not if it can help even 1 other person relate, change their thought process or mindset.
So a “friend” sent this edited picture of me with a caption to a text group yesterday and it got some quick laughs. I guess the “friend” noticed I’ve been sharing a lot of info and emotions on recent events on my social media. But then it got me thinking:
1) is he not pro black?
2) is he pro racism?
Okay. Maybe he’s just trying to be “funny”. (Just an FYI, this friend is Indian…no shocker there. Our people are some of the worst and we have a longgg way to go which is also why I’m posting this.) What if the current events happening were to Indians and you find out friends of another race made inside “jokes” saying WE GET IT you’re pro Indian? How would I feel?
There are so many of these subtle racists that will never show their true colors in public. They’ll share a black square on IG and then say whatever tf they want in their circles. If you’re thinking about it you know exactly who that person(s) is in your own circle. And hey, maybe it’s you! 🤷🏽♂️ Racism comes in all degrees, whether it’s in subtle or explicit ways and these inside “jokes” and sidebar conversations with your friends all seem fine in the moment but they will never contribute to a better tomorrow. If anything, letting it go will only empower someone else in that circle to do the same there or elsewhere.
You are promoting and condoning racism when you dont shine a light on it. And there’s never been a better time to stand tall and call out the “joke”, the unnecessary commentary and all that other noise and BS than right now! Instead of spreading “jokes” and stereotypes, use that same energy to Donate, Educate and Spread positivity because it’s literally going to take everyone this time around! I can’t speak for white people but as POC (People of Color), especially in the South Asian and Indian communities, we should hold ourselves to an even higher bar of accountability. By the way, I never said this is easy. Calling out your friends and/or family is such an awkward and uncomfortable matter. But trust me the butterfly effects of your actions will ripple far greater than your inaction. Anyways…rant over, Happy Saturday y’all! 😀
P.S. Thanks Abraham Lincoln, I am PRO BLACK and ANTI-RACISM! 🤣👌🏾
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