To Those With The Power To Change The World

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Connect the systemic gaps of oppression, build a safe path for your coloured neighbour to walk into your allyship.

If you think that you do not have the tools to forge a new network; a new system. You are forgetting that the only thing stronger than the hate you give is the love you build.

Yes, history has proven it evident that Black people are strong. Indigenous people are strong. But you deserve a moment of rest in a world that won’t take advantage of you in your sleep.

My Black friends, it is understandable that you are tired, out of breath. Understandably, you are not okay. This is no longer anger, it is exhaustion. Exhaustion from explaining ourselves countless times to people who could not possibly understand.

In this lifetime, you will meet people who confuse your cry for help as a declaration of war; those who take personal offence to your pain. This is because you are misunderstood, not undeserving.

Our White allies, we are not asking you to understand the inherited grief that lives in the wake of Blackness, and Indigeneity, we are demanding that you diligently look at it. See it. Acknowledge it.

If you start to feel unsettled, if your voice sounds different when you speak up, remember that change sounds like the person you hope to be.

Live diligently.

Editor-in-Chief | Journalist | Creative Director. Everything here is inspired by conversations with friends.

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