You’re Pro Black, We get it: An uncomfortable story about calling out your subtle racist friends!

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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! 😀

I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite quotes:
“If you want to change the world, start with yourself”-Mahatma Gandhi
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Be the change you wish to see in this world”-Mahatma Gandhi

P.S. Thanks Abraham Lincoln, I am PRO BLACK and ANTI-RACISM! 🤣👌🏾

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LeBron James: to Hate or NOT to Hate

Oklahoma City Thunder added half a million fans over the weekend, All of A Sudden!!! lol Clearly majority of those people are purely LeBron haters who never want to see him win a ring. Why so much hate?? A yes, 2 years ago LeBron James left Cleveland in a very terrible way. He had every right to leave after giving all his heart for 7 years but the way he told his hometown Cleveland was not good. The man made a mistake. I think that’s what my fascination with him is. The man’s great but no where near perfect. He carries the name of a King yet has no crown. At the end of the day the hard path to greatness is always a more meaningful one than an easy path. I just hope to be a part and witness that some day, not just in basketball, I guess in Life? We’ll see but that’s another story for a different time.

Also for those who forget history so easily don’t forget it was a few greedy owners of the NBA that selfishly broke the hearts of an entire city, Seattle, and brought the Supersonics to Oklahoma after 41 years purely for monetary reasons. Funny how everyone can so easily forget what they did to an entire city 4 years ago for NO reason yet we can’t forgive LeBron for 1 mistake he made with “The Decision”, especially since he had every right to leave. O and don’t forget he donated all proceeds from that night, millions, to the Boys & Girls Club, but who cares I guess lol.

At the end of the day I’m glad sports is so much more than that meets the eye. Rivalries & Competition are amazing things that can build great character as long as it’s focused in a positive direction, especially when it comes to our youth. I have no problems with OKC fans and definitely no hatred towards the LeBron haters, I just think it’s funny lol. But that’s my opinion and you’re entitled to yours. May the best city, team, player(s) win. The NBA Finals are here and WE ARE ALL WITNESSES!!!

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