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I told you guys from the beginning this blog was going to be a little of everything and today it’s going to get a little heavy. I hope this isn’t too political for some of you, but honestly this is something that’s really important to me and it’s worth talking about. It NEEDS to be talked about. If I’m going to claim to be an ally, I have to do it in all aspects of my life…including this blog.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with what’s happening in Ferguson right now…like right this minute, I honestly can’t bear to outline the whole story so here are some helpful articles that will get you started.
Photos from Ferguson from August 13, 2014. For anyone keeping track, that was almost a full week ago. And it’s still happening.
The Unacceptable Silence of Asian-American Christians In Response to Ferguson (SUPER relevant to any church, not just Asian Americans)
More information about racial bias and police brutality via Kristen Howerton
So now that we’re all caught up, you’re probably feeling really down and helpless. That’s how I’ve felt for the last 9 days or. It’s pretty upsetting once you realize how bad things are (not just in Ferguson), but this is the perfect time to take action. Channel that energy into something positive and DO something. I know sometimes we get SO much information about how terrible something is and then nothing ever happens. We forget about it and we’re back in our normal, everyday lives. Don’t let that happen. Please.
Here are some things you can DO to help out the people of Ferguson
Donate to the Michael Brown memorial fund, established to assist his parents with burial and funeral costs, as well as legal fees and living expenses.
Donate to bail fund for Ferguson protestors via Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE)
Support #operationhelporhush by buying a shirt – they’re providing food to protestors in Ferguson.
Order from the #operationhelporhush Amazon wish list by clicking here – you can sort by Priority (high to low) to buy things that they’re needing asap. Make sure to ship it to the correct address!
Here are some things you can do that literally don’t cost a cent. If nothing else, please take the TWO MINUTES to do these three things.
Sign this change.org petition.
Last but not least, make your voice known.
I know some people claim that raising awareness is “slacktivism” and in some cases, I get it. Unfortunately racial inequality is one situation where we seriously need awareness. We live in a “post racial” society – we think racism is something that is deep in our past that doesn’t really exist anymore. Unfortunately, this just isn’t true and the shooting of Mike Brown, along with the treatment of the community protesting, is evidence to the contrary. The mainstream media is finally starting to really report on Ferguson but for the first few days, the easiest place to find information was on Twitter. Think about how powerful that is. They have tried to silence the people, and social media was used to spread information like wildfire. It’s pretty amazing. So don’t let it stop here – use the hashtag #Ferguson on social media and stay engaged. I really can’t emphasize this enough. Don’t get complacent and don’t get quiet.
I wish I had more to say at this point, but I just can’t. I’m exhausted, I’m broken and my faith in the American “justice” system has been further shaken. Thankfully, I’m not alone. WE are exhausted, WE are broken and WE expect more from the US. Do what you can to fix this.