Redistribute When Able
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Understandings of racism conclude that Black livelihood is likely accompanied by great fatigue. The fatigue of our community is diverse; layered by depression, classism, poverty, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, imperialism, colorism, and fatphobia to name a few. Many Black people experience multiple of these intersections.
The act of policing is upheld in the responses towards fundraisers that center a bootstrapping mentality. The public often asks for trauma to validate why someone's time may be rougher than others. It ignores the fatigue aforementioned. It invalidates the pressures of everyday interactions for Black humans globally that add to the collective hardships many of us experience. The amerikkkan dream was not written with our successes in mind yet it is the driving force behind countless of our communities migrations and aspirations.
As participating community members we are seemingly bred to believe that if we can respectably adhere to work ethic and determination, then resources and opportunities will lead us to peace. What if your presence can never be seen as respectable? What if, regardless of work experience, your name casts you to receive prejudice. What if you have epigenetically inherited a generational trauma that is lathered by your own experiences and that of your ancestors as well. Work harder? We often push that painful ignorance onto our children, siblings, and peers. Unprovoked, we see that agenda in all of our systems and structures. An overwhelming amount of guilt can surround those courageous enough to list their needs that are not being met.
As the media begins to add their superficial take on racial injustices, our community continues to deepen our ongoing dialogue. We hear the youth louder than before these days. There is a surge of confidence in demanding our equity and advocating for others. All calls for housing, food, and healthcare assistance are reframing the purpose of news and media. During this pandemic we are collectively grieving and healing; the agenda of reparations cannot wait for legislation. Let us recognize artistic and wellness resources as necessities as well.
By all means, we must do our best. A revolutionary thing we are doing is choosing to live in the face of our genocide. Pouring into our present days to create as much safety, security, and fulfillment as possible is our uphill battle. Though my stability has been/ is threatened by levels of institutional racism, I write this from a state of independence thankfully. When I grapple with the stressors in our community (ones that impact me and ones that do not) a good grounding mechanism is the act of redistribution. As we spend time on earth experiencing existence it is imperative that we lift each other up any way we are capable of.
If we have the means to switch over from white businesses to Black businesses we must pour into those individuals as well. If we can afford to have basic necessities, preferences, and luxuries we can afford to budget in support for grassroots organizations. I am rooting for everyone Black under the crippling foot of capitalism and will uphold the act of redistribution while doing so. We are absolutely right to demand a governance that atones all impediments on Black bliss. In that hope for justice there is room to decolonize our own views on earnings and responsibilities.
Here are some fundraiser links in addition to the Venmo, Cashapp, and PayPal accounts above.