This is going to be a little raw and unstructured, but, why can’t we all not sleep? Why doesn’t this tally of death keep us awake at night? Why, when we are constantly exposed to blatant MASS MURDER, RAPE, DEATH, AND SILENCING of COUNTLESS marginalized people?
If it’s not happening in our country, we feel less affected.
When it’s happening in our country, we find ways to blame the victims.
When it’s a seemingly invisible psychological condition, we find ways to negate the issue.
WHEN are we going to stare it in the face?! WHEN are we going to embrace it? EVEN WHEN IT IS SO PAINFUL that it renders us sleepless and can find no more tears. Even when we have to work in a few hours. Even when the baby can’t sleep and we’ve been up for hours trying to soothe them. Even when we don’t know when our next meal will be.
What is it going to TAKE? How many more of us need to be added to this tally for us to REALLY deal with the fact that OUR SYSTEM IS FUNDAMENTALLY FLAWED? How many more?
We need to CONNECT with our outrage. We MUST engage with these tragic REALITIES in order to disrupt the hegemonic flow. We live within our white supremacist, heteronormative, capitalist patriarchy, most of us privileged in one way or another, bartering concessions for our acquiescence. When we really need to realize it is that very thing that is PERPETUATING the hegemonic/normative flow that is KILLING us. When we don’t collectively and/or individually communicate to power, to our friends, to our comrades that WE SEE what is happening and KNOW how this directly affects us, we might as well just get in line and continue to add to the tally.
Genocide is very real that is happening.
Racism is a very real thing that is happening.
Sexism is a very real thing that is happening.
Homophobia is a very real thing that is happening.
Transphobia is a very real thing that is happening.
Debilitating psychological conditions are very real and are happening.
Groupthink is a very real thing that is happening.
Double Consciousness is a very real thing that is happening.
Classism is a very real thing that is happening.
Suppression is a very real thing that is happening.
Repression is a very real thing that is happening.
Famine is very real and is happening.
Homelessness is very real and is happening.
Implicit bias is very real and is happening.
Violent war stemming from inherently flawed systems of power is very real and happening.
And yet, we can go to school, and go to work; we can watch TV/Netflix & other instant streaming the like. We can laugh and dance and party, we can meditate, pray, and judge. We can write and debate, we can coddle our babies and cuddle our mates. We can eat at chain restaurants or bistros or quiet private dining. We can consume the latest trends and neologisms. We can love and be loved. We can read and paint, and think clearly. We can hunt and we can shoot. We. Can. Sleep.
We can do ALL these things and WAY more, yet we can’t seem to STOP or even SLOW the ever increasing tally that we are setting ourselves up to join.
ALL WE HAVE ARE OUR VOICES.
All we have are our voices.
All you have is your voice.
LET. IT. BE. HEARD!
MAKE it be heard!
Here’s one catalyst:
We are in this together, comrades.