Dutch Lock Down Day Eighty Three

[Amplify a Voice: Being Black And Feeling Safer Away From America]

Over the past few days I read a request from a person of color to white people – to amplify their voices instead of our own. That resonates. Please read what π“π‘πž 𝐁π₯𝐚𝐜𝐀 π„π±π©πžπ«π’πžπ§πœπž π‰πšπ©πšπ§ (𝐁𝐄𝐉) published on theirΒ YouTube page. If you’d like your voice amplified, anonymously or with citation, my blog, my social accounts, and everything I am is yours. #BlackLivesMatter #NotOneMore

Being black is an experience unlike any other. With recent events we are reminded what that means for many of us. We have interviewed hundreds of black people across Asia and we’ve discovered that most of us feel safer away from home. This video highlights the stark difference between the experiences of these black people in Asia versus their experience back home in America and elsewhere. Many of the people we’ve interviewed feel safer away from home.

With all that’s taking place today, our hope is that we can take a significant leap forward in the direction of change.

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Dutch Lock Down Day Eighty Two

[Amplify a Voice: Robert Battle]

Over the past few days I read a request from a person of color to white people – to amplify their voices instead of our own. That resonates. Please read what Robert wrote on the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater facebook page. If you’d like your voice amplified, anonymously or with citation, my blog, my social accounts, and everything I am is yours. #BlackLivesMatter #NotOneMore

“Not all the works are political, but they certainly reflect my feelings about what goes on in this country. I mean I can’t get over that, I’m a black man living in this.”

Alvin Ailey

As a black man living in this and as the Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater I come to you and say, our destiny is calling – one without hate, oppression, and violence – and it is our turn to answer.

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Dutch Lock Down Day Eighty One

[Monsters Are Not Monsters 24/7]

Today I read this message from Jennifer Hartshorn, who is white. Please read what she wrote about monsters. #BlackLivesMatter #NotOneMore

I’ve seen a couple posts regarding “good cops.”

Here’s the thing. Yes, I know there are good people who are cops, people who go into it for the right reasons, who are willing to lay down their life to protect their fellow citizens and the rule of law, and that is amazing and I am tremendously thankful for those people.

But I also know people who go into the military and law enforcement because they like to exert unearned power over the powerless. Because they get their rocks off being a bully. It terrifies me how many people fall into that category, but I know it’s not all of them. And furthermore, I know that not everyone who is a bully is an asshole all the time. They have people that they love, people that they care about. They may be good parents and Boy Scout leaders and help people out when they’ve got a flat tire. The fact that they love their kids does not erase the fact that they’re a little too quick on the trigger finger, that they taze people who obviously pose no physical threat to them, and much worse.

This picture has stuck with me ever since I first saw it.

It’s not soldiers, for the most part. It’s a bunch of secretaries, local girls who lived near the military base, and a couple of the guys on base they were friends with. They’re giggling and having a good time, and there’s a guy with an accordion. I bet he was hilarious, and I can totally see myself wanting to be friends with them. The economy was shit at the time and it was a well-paying job, with a bunch of cool people who were doing their patriotic duty.

Except.

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Dutch Lock Down Day Eighty

[Amplify a Voice: Turner Armstrong]

Over the past few days I read a request from a person of color to white people – to amplify their voices instead of our own. That resonates. Please read what Turner wrote. If you’d like your voice amplified, anonymously or with citation, my blog, my social accounts, and everything I am is yours. #BlackLivesMatter #NotOneMore

Yesterday, someone asked me how they could be a better ally, and I surprised myself to find that I had an answer for them. It’s not exhaustive, but it’s also not intuitive, so here are my tips:

1) Don’t walk away from racism.
2) Don’t lose your temper.

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Dutch Lock Down Day Seventy Nine

[OMG OMG OMG]

Photo byΒ Thought CatalogΒ onΒ Unsplash

Today was my first day with Packet, an Equinix Company, and I don’t know if I’m supposed to always call it that, Packet, an Equinix Company, or if I can just call it Packet, but today was exquisite and adventurous and inclusive and beautiful.

And exhausting.

But first the news:

It’s really hard to be overjoyed with the new job AND simultaneously devastated.

#BlackLivesMatter
#NotOneMore

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