There have been protests for Black Lives Matter in the town I live in and nearby areas for the past few days. As much as I’d like to participate in these protests, because I’m immunocompromised, I need to stay away from crowds right now. So, what I did to contribute is to start a monthly contribution to the Black Lives Matter movement.
It’s sad for me though that I can’t participate due to my health. In graduate school my research focus was on implicit and explicit forms of prejudice/bias, so I actually have a lot of passion to work towards change in this area. It was hard for me to see the protesters on Friday and not join in. But I know that protesting is just one way to participate in the cause. I know, too, that my research, even though it was 15 years ago, did make a difference in terms of heightening awareness of the issue, at least in academic circles. Still, I feel like I should be doing so much more right now than I am.
It’s weird because for me, since I can’t be in crowds, it’s like, life as usual around here, even though it actually isn’t. I feel strange putting up regular/normal posts on Facebook, especially if I’m having a good day. It feels like I shouldn’t be having those right now, but I am. Maybe part of me is happy that people are finally noticing the inequalities in this world and are doing something about it.
I still think that there will be a lot more uprisings before we can achieve permanent change. I don’t know how long that will take, or how much effort it will take on our parts. But I feel like, if everyone chips in in some way, whether it be protesting, donating, or raising awareness in some way (even just on Facebook or with family/friends) we can get there.
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