• Lauren Michael

Black Lives Matter

I am having a hard time writing this because I do not know exactly where to begin. I will start with my own truths. ⁣

I am white.⁣

•I have been given privileges, opportunities, and chance after chance that I did not deserve just because of the color of my skin.⁣

⁣•I live in a world where the system was not created to tear me down and keep me down, and in fact, it’s quiet the opposite. ⁣

⁣•I have never been afraid to be pulled over by an officer. I’ve never even been given a ticket! (aside from late registration). ⁣

⁣•I have never been called a racial slur.⁣

⁣•I have never witnessed someone cross the street to the other side just to avoid me. ⁣

⁣•I have never seen someone clutch their purse tighter because I walked in to the elevator. ⁣

⁣•I have never had to tell my children how to not get killed by the police- a conversation black mothers have to have with their children.⁣

And finally…⁣

I have never had to watch my child get gunned down by a police officer or a “do gooder” citizen on cell phone video. ⁣

This is a VERY small list, but clearly white privilege exists.

⁣As I educate myself, I cannot sit in silence anymore. I hate that I remained blissfully ignorant of black oppression in this country that I was born and raised in.

I will admit that in the past, I have said things like, “all lives matter”, “Everyone is the same. I don’t see color”, and I didn’t understand why representation mattered so much. I know now just how BRUTALLY wrong I was. ⁣

Hear me- I am sorry. ⁣

I am deeply sorry from the bottom of my heart. ⁣

The black community needs voices and help.⁣

⁣I now see every gorgeous shade of brown and black and I celebrate that with you. ⁣

⁣I now understand just how important representation is and to have organizations that help build up the black community because the world we live in is not set up to help black people succeed. ⁣

I have so much more to say, but I will wrap up with a verse that makes me believe that Jesus would have been marching alongside our black brothers and sisters, ⁣

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of the righteous, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.”

UPDATE: If this is the first time you are here, this is what I am doing with my voice and skill set...list of local OC black owned businesses.

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