A Letter in Support of Black Lives Matter From a Latinx Ally

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The latest video circulating of another black man being murdered by a racist, piece of shit cop has left people all over the world grieving. I am grieving as well and find it difficult to find the right words to express my sadness over the brutal murder of George Floyd and my anger at a system that has been broken since its inception.

George Floyd was killed in the worst way possible. He was treated like his life was nothing. He had his life stolen from him by a sadistic, racist bottomfeeder who had The Law and The System protecting him and allowing him to be as much of a psychopathic prick as he wanted.

Innocent bystanders did everything they could to save George Floyd, but they couldn’t do anything to restrain that monster, because they knew that the murdering sadist with a badge and uniform could and would kill them too if they stopped him from murdering George Floyd.

What happened to George Floyd, has happened to too many black men for hundreds of years. How many black men have been murdered by racists thugs, both with badges and without? How many more black men need to die before more Americans realize how fucking broken the United States is and has always been?

Having a black president hasn’t helped. Voting for the blue team hasn’t helped. Whitewashing Martin Luther King’s memory hasn’t helped. Cancel culture hasn’t helped. Saying “I don’t see color.” hasn’t helped. Mass incarceration hasn’t helped. Food apartheid hasn’t helped. Lead water hasn’t helped. Lack of representaion in the entertainment industry hasn’t helped either.

Despite all these bandaids being slapped on endlessly gushing wounds, to make the privileged class feel like things are progressing, black men are still dying from police brutality and fear doing normal things that the rest of us take for granted: walking down a street, going to a store, driving, etc. Racism is still a huge problem in the U.S. and now these racists have no problems making themselves known. Even with phone cameras in their faces, they will still proudly show their true colors for all to see. They are also trolling every anti-racist post online with their racist deflection tactics.

Day in and day out, black people and other people of color are told to just stay quiet and follow the rules. If we don’t comply, the violent thugs in uniform will certainly make sure we do what we’re told. If you feel safe around cops and you want more of them, you’re mostly likely white and/or rich. If you’re not white and not rich and still defending the police state and your continued enslavement, then you really need to set fire to your television, read some books (see list below), and get the hell out of the sunken place.

The people who are angry at million-dollar chain stores burning but overlook a human being murdered by fascist cops are the ones who benefit greatly from the huge racial and class disparity in the U.S. If not, then what the fuck are you doing? Stop being a puppet for the elite and join your peers in this world-wide struggle for true equality and basic human rights.

Not wanting true change is why you’re so fucking hell-bent on telling disenfranchised Americans to protest nicely like the Karens in pussyhats did. You just want the peasants and people of color to perform for you and make you feel like you’re a good person. Fuck that. We aren’t here for you anymore. If you are not upset over black men being constantly harassed and murdered by government-issued thugs, then you are a part of the problem.

If you want to scold people for being angry and wanting to burn down the entire system that has oppressed black people since 1776, and earlier, then you are silencing the voices of the disenfranchised in favor of the voice of the elite class who continue to oppress us.

Your constant nay-saying against anything remotely radical that will affect the Whole Foods bubble you put yourself in encourages a system that was created on the backs of enslaved black people and murdered indigenous people. But that’s all in the past because you “don’t see color” right? We had a black president so racism is over right?

You don’t see color and you also fail to see the ongoing struggle of black people in America because you’re too busy talking over their voices that need to be heard. If you don’t want to leave your Whole Foods bubble, then just shut the fuck up and get out of the way. That’s the least you can do.

The time for moderation is over. Where was the moderation in the way George Floyd was treated? Where was the moderation with the way Eric Garner was treated? Where was the moderation in the way Armaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, Christian Cooper, Jordan Davis, Aiyana Jones, Oscar Grant, Sandra Bland, Bothem Sean, Atatiana Jefferson, Oscar Grat, Sandra Bland, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Sean Rice, Jordan Davis, Clifford Glover, Philando Castile, Sean Bell, Corey Jones, John Crawford, Stephen Clark, Jonathan Ferrell, Renisha McBride, Jordan Edwards, Alton Sterling, Keith Scott, Claude Reese, Randy Evans, Yvonne Smallwood, Walter Scott, Terrence Crutcher, Amadou Diallo, and many others, were treated by the police? Where are their peace and justice?

George Floyd’s life is important. He deserved to exist without fear of being murdered in one of the most gruesome ways possible. His pain is now our pain. Those of us who aren’t racist pieces of shit are grieving and angry right now and scrambling for answers as to what the fuck to do to make sure this doesn’t happen again. No more black people as hashtags!

I wish I could be in the U.S. protesting with you. I left the U.S. eleven years ago because I saw back then that it was a police state that only cares about protecting the elite at the expense of the working class. I knew it was going to get worse. I couldn’t take it anymore and had to leave. I haven’t been back since.

For those grieving and protesting in the United States, please know that rest of the (non-racist) world is grieving and protesting along with you. Your struggle is all of our struggles. We must fight to bring a world where black men can exist in peace without fear of being murdered for walking, driving, listening to music, exercising, going into a store, and just existing.

Peace, love, and solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Peace, love, and solidarity with black men, black women, and black LGBTQ+people.

Peace, love, and solidarity with the family of George Floyd and every family ripped apart by police violence.
Peace. love, and solidarity with everyone out on the streets protesting against racism, police brutality, fascism, systemic racism, and inequality. It heartens me to see so many young people out there protesting.

Protest in Los Angeles, Photo by ROBERT HANASHIRO, USA TODAY

Just like there is no wrong way to grieve the death of a loved one, there is no wrong way to protest and fight against a system that has been oppressing us and killing black lives since before we were born. Black lives do matter and they always have!

For those who want to read up on this pressing issue, here is a list of important reading material to learn more about race relations in the United States:

Tweeted by @AbenaBakenra

Brain Lair books also has a great list of anti-racist books here.

A list of amazing Medium articles that discuss this topic:

Here is a list of organizations that are helping end racism, helping the families of loved ones lost to police violence, and offering legal help for protestors. Please donate if you can and spread the word.

George Floyd Memorial

Fundraiser fo Ahmaud Arbery’s Mother

Black Lives Matter

Also these grassroots organizations need donations. I copy and pasted this list from an article by The Cut.

The Bail Project, a nonprofit that aims to mitigate incarceration rates through bail reform.

• The National Bail Fund Network also has a directory of community bail funds to which you can donate, along with a COVID-19 rapid response fund. Another list of funds is available here.

Black Visions Collective, a black, trans, and queer-led social justice organization and legal fund based in Minneapolis-St. Paul.

• A Gas Mask Fund for black youth activists in Minneapolis is raising money to buy gas masks for demonstrators who’ve faced tear gas during protests.

• The NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which supports racial justice through advocacy, litigation, and education.

Communities United Against Police Brutality, which operates a crisis hotline where people can report abuse; offers legal, medical, and psychological resource referrals; and engages in political action against police brutality.

Northstar Health Collective, a St. Paul–based organization that provides health services and support at protests.

Free Them All for Public Health, which aims to free incarcerated people amid the coronavirus pandemic, is raising money for people who have been arrested during New York City protests over the weekend. What doesn’t go toward local bail will reportedly be sent to other cities, and COVID Bailout NYC.

The Atlanta Solidarity Fund is raising bail and bond money for jailed protestors in Atlanta.

No New Jails NYC aims to keep the city from constructing new jails, and to instead divert funds that currently go toward the police and incarceration toward housing, ending homelessness, mental health, and other community support systems.

• The Know Your Rights Camp, an organization founded by Colin Kaepernick that provides education and training in black and brown communities, set up a legal fund for Minneapolis protestors.

Fair Fight, an organization founded by Stacey Abrams that aims to end voter suppression and equalize voting rights and access for fairer elections.

A list of bail funds to support. It’s broken down by state.

List of petitions that need signing.

Please let me know if I left anyone out. Peace, love, and solidarity to all my siblings in The Revolution. I love you all.

Rest in Power every black life that was ended too soon by police violence. Here are but a few:

Tweeted by @HellNaw4Life

Sincerely,

Tracy.3

Vegan, expat, mother of 3 Thai cats. Currently in Bangkok. I write about my life, animal rights, and travel. Leave a tip here: https://ko-fi.com/tracydot

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