The BLM movement continues, returning to normal isn’t an option for Black people

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So, then, it is today. For a lot of people, perhaps today is the first day you feel drawn back into some semblance of normal. Or, at least, you’re feeling the fight-or-flight response of the last month start to drift from you.

The challenge, of course, is to make sure that pacing yourself doesn’t equal going back to abstaining from the conflict.

In his seminal piece “The Case for Reparations,” Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote, “Indeed, in America there is a strange and powerful belief that if you stab a black person 10 times, the bleeding stops and the healing begins the moment the assailant drops the knife.”

It’s too true that many reading think that the battle is won enough. Nine Council Members stating their intentions to dismantle the police, four cops in jail, and a couple of organizations with full bellies.

Many of us return back to work, today, feeling the assailant has dropped the knife, but you’re being welcomed back into the dull violence that kills us everyday. We’re in virtual rooms with few if any black, brown, or indigenous faces. And if they’re there, they’ve probably been muted by the mediocrity of white standards (supremacy). Maybe you’re hearing the whispering of anti-black sentiments from your work best friend that just feels bad for those cops’ families or that protesting doesn’t do anything.

I could give a damn if your company posted #BlackLivesMatter, show me the boardroom and the executive leadership.

Catrice M. Jackson said, “If you don’t have an anti-racism plan, you plan to be racist.” What does it look like for you to challenge the way all of these things work with the same intentionality that you marched in the streets the past two weeks? The violence of Derek Chauvin has always rested on the foundation of American society and its norms in general.

I say all this to say that it’s important that you stay uncomfortable. Feeling what we feel everyday and acting on it is real allyship. Your black friends’ lives—my life—depend on it.”

All love,

CTA

C Terrance is a North Minneapolis resident and the Director of Community Programs and Community Based Research at CURA. 

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C Terrance Anderson
Director of Community Programs and Community Based Research at CURA