How You Can "Take a Knee"
Am I The Only One who is mad, sad, confused, anxious and riled up over the social and political state of America? The protests by the NFL, the devastating hurricanes, and the overall treatment of minorities in this country has my stress level at an all time high.
It puzzles me how our president can protect white supremacists, throw paper towels at American citizens, call black males SOB, and NOTHING happens.I just don't understand why minorities are expected to stay calm and cater to hate. In this tense environment, here are some things I do to relieve and refocus my energy.
1.UNITY - I know this term is overused, but seriously. If there has ever been a time to come together it's now. We don't have the luxury to be divided, to much is riding on it.
2.Being Apologetically Black - Whatever this means to you. For me it's wearing box braids, my natural hair, Jordans, Timbs, etc. in a place that would rather my hair be straight and my fashion be bland.
3.Collaboration and Support - So many us are doing amazing things, and we often time need support. Whether it be in the form of sharing and liking a post, attending an event, introducing potential customers/sponsors, or simple words of encouragement. We need spaces that belong to us, support us and our success. We are, all we got.
In short friends, I'm weary of the ways of the world. And I'm trying to figure out what I can do to make it better ...
Am I The Only One who is frustrated with the responses to the #TakeAKnee movement going on throughout the NFL? If you've been living under a rock over the last couple of weeks, NFL players have been protesting police brutality and injustice by taking a knee during the national anthem at that start of their games. Instead of spectators focusing on police brutality and injustice, folks have been steadfast on making this protest about NFL players being unpatriotic and disrespectful toward the United States flag.
Well if you have been fed up like me, with everyone's response to this movement you've probably questioned how you could contribute to the protest. Here's what I've come up with:
1. Educate Your Colleagues. When the opportunity presents itself - talk about it. I grow weary being the educator too - but if you don't speak up, a lot of people won't understand.
2. Hold Your Colleagues Accountable.
If you don't say anything, they will never understand.
Be honest. You've been or said something ignorant before and you probably would be stuck in your ways if somebody hadn't checked you about it. Do the same for your friends at work.
3. Don't Be Afraid. Don't be afraid to bring attention to what's going on in the world. It's hard watching disheartening events unfold right in front of our eyes, especially when its racial or even class related. Not only is it hard to watch but it's hard to pretend that everything okay. Don't be afraid to bring these issues to your colleagues attention and let them know how it is affecting you.