I don't do things like this often. I try to keep my posts to my areas of expertise. But my silence feels a heck of a lot like complicity given what is happening around me. I really don't know what to say, but I'm going to try.
As unacceptable as it is, the color of my skin confers me some level of privilege in the American system. I recognize this, and it is my duty to not shy away from the uncomfortable truth. And uncomfortable it is.
So, to the Black community, your lives, your safety, and your ability to rely equally on the systems that benefit me matter to me. I don't know what else to say. So instead, I am quietly watching. Listening. Learning. Trying to understand, because I don't and can't know what it is like to walk in your shoes. And trying to apply that knowledge to raise my white child to know and do better.
I am sorry. I hear you. And I stand with you.
Yesterday I muted my social media and listened in recognition of #BlackOutTuesday. I've since committed to continuing to keep my social media presence limited, as well as working to amplify melanated voices when I do post. I am going to remain teachable. I'm going to keep listening. I'm going to keep trying to do better.
My colleagues at Westchester County Moms Blog and I have also put together a statement of support. You can read that here.
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