Be. An. Ally.

“Privilege isn’t about what you’ve gone through; it’s about what you haven’t had to go through” – Janaya ‘Future’ Khan

After the past few days, hockey and sports is the last thing on my mind. Something is happening in our country and it needs to be talked about. If you want sport, I have 600+ posts on this website to read but what I’m going to tell you is important. 

Things need to change. NOW.

For things to change people NEED to step up and speak out. People of Color (PoC) cannot keep getting murdered. This racist cycle cannot continue.

White people, I need to tell you something. You are born with white privilege. There are things you don’t have to go through on an everyday basis, there are things you don’t have to worry about. What we need to do with this privilege is to step up and use our privilege to amplify the voices of oppressed minorities. Listen to those who share their story of racism, homophobia, transphobia, etc. Put an end to racist remarks or acts, even if it’s your friend or family saying or doing it.

Being an Ally is more than showing up, it’s speaking out. Learning every day how you can help. Sign petitions, attend protests, donate to the Minnesota Freedom Fund. Being an Ally is a lifelong commitment. It is a commitment to educating yourself. It is a learning process of recognizing injustices and trying to help change them. You cannot be silent, you cannot be indifferent to the matter of people’s lives.

There have been peaceful protests for years after numerous murders of unarmed black people and what has happened? The government still has not listened, protestors have been pepper-sprayed and shot with rubber bullets. There have been peaceful protests and this still keeps happening. Understand that. Reform is needed. Change is needed. 

I am on the side of the rioters, rebels, revolutionaries, and protesters. Riot, rebel, express your anger about your lost brothers and sister. White people – defend them. Use your privilege to amplify these voices, listen to their stories. This is not about us. Use your privilege to do good.

PoC are being murdered, at home, on the streets. Peaceful protestors are being pepper-sprayed, tear-gassed. The President is choosing merchandise over Americans. Open your eyes and get the fuck up.

Be. An. Ally.

No justice, no peace. Black lives matter.

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