• Jessi Franks

United We Must Stand

It has been a heavy week for all, and nothing matters more than this!

Black Lives Matter

I’ve been lucky enough to have lived in New York and Los Angeles for the last 17+ years and to work in an industry where Black Culture and artistry is loved, respected, and celebrated. Not everyone has this same respect and love for African Americans, and it’s clear that we MUST change as a nation!

In my idealistic mind, I believe every human has the right to feel safe and be treated fairly with love and compassion every day. I believe every human should feel able to ask for help from those that are in a place to protect us. These should be basic human rights.

The reality is, that my idealistic wishes do not exist for our Black communities.

Not even in 2020.

I am so grateful for social media for allowing our voices to unite on what matters most. We HAVE to address the racism that exists in this country, and we have to support our friends, our colleagues, and our fellow humans for what should be equal human rights! The only way we can make change is to stand together!!!

The passage below is one that I’ve seen shared on social media repeatedly.

It needs to be shared!

I have privilege as a white person because I can do all of these things without thinking twice:

I can go birding (#ChristianCooper) I can go jogging (#AmaudArbery) I can relax in the comfort of my own home (#BothemJean and #AtatianaJefferson) I can ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride) I can have a cellphone (#StephonClark) I can leave a party to get to safety (#JordanEdwards) I can play loud music (#JordanDavis) I can sell CDs (#AltonSterling) I can sleep (#AiyanaJones) I can walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown) I can play cops and robbers (#TamirRice) I can go to church (#Charleston9) I can walk home with Skittles (#TrayvonMartin) I can hold a hair brush while leaving my own bachelor party (#SeanBell) I can party on New Years (#OscarGrant) I can get a normal traffic ticket (#SandraBland) I can lawfully carry a weapon (#PhilandoCastile) I can break down on a public road with car problems (#CoreyJones) I can shop at Walmart (#JohnCrawford) I can have a disabled vehicle (#TerrenceCrutcher) I can read a book in my own car (#KeithScott) I can be a 10yr old walking with our grandfather (#CliffordGlover) I can decorate for a party (#ClaudeReese) I can ask a cop a question (#RandyEvans) I can cash a check in peace (#YvonneSmallwood) I can take out my wallet (#AmadouDiallo) I can run (#WalterScott) I can breathe (#EricGarner) I can live (#FreddieGray) I CAN BE ARRESTED WITHOUT THE FEAR OF BEING MURDERED (#GeorgeFloyd)

White privilege is real. Take a minute to consider a Black person’s experience today. #BlackLivesMatter

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