my thoughts

on what's going on

A letter to the reader,

I decided to take some time to write this down in order to voice my thoughts, since social media doesn’t quite cover everything I’m feeling and this is extremely important to me.

The past few weeks have been an intense, and it has highlighted, underlined and circled the negative parts of our world and the society we live in and have been living in for countless years. The racial injustice in this country and our world is truly unforgivable and unacceptable in all ways. Our outdated systems continue to fail POC and change is not only warranted, but necessary. And above all, white people can’t sit around and be silent because it might feel uncomfortable or strange or you’re fearful of saying the wrong thing, etc.

We must speak up. We must have uncomfortable conversations. We must educate ourselves and our friends and stand up for equality and, honestly, basic human decency. This starts with all of us: at home, in our communities, through whatever platform we have. No change is too small. It must start with us. We must do the work.

I am by no means perfect,

but I’m doing all I can to educate myself and others and I use any platform I have to be able to help facilitate change and conversation. But I know I can do better and I will continue to do so in any way I can. There are tons of resources out there but I recommend you start here

Instagram is a great starting place for education, but let’s remember to support our Black activists and educators with our money whenever possible. Purchasing courses and books ensures that we get to have these great resources at our fingertips.

I do hope you join me in doing whatever role you can to help fight for what is right.

Most importantly:

To my black friends and folks out there – I am with you. I hear you. I see you. I love you. And I won’t stop speaking out about things that matter to me. I am here to help amplify your voices. I am here to listen to your experiences. I am wholeheartedly here, in this fight, with you. If you have any suggestions on how I can do better, I’m always listening. Black Lives Matter.

TLDR; Black Lives Matter

Thanks for reading & drink more water
-Ri

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