There’s a lot of unsettling things happening in the center of America. Everywhere we look lately, it’s been Executive Orders and Travel Bans. It’s become very easy to get sucked under in fear.
But we must not stay down. We must not despair. We must fight, and fight with love.
When we speak out, let us not do so because we are responding to something hateful. Let us do so because we wish to defend those who are hated.
When we protest, let us not do so out of fear and hatred of where our country has been and might go. Let us do so to demand justice for our brothers and sisters of different colors and creeds. Let us make America great.
We must never forget who we are fighting to protect and defend. We must love ourselves, and our neighbors and never stand for oppression of any kind. That is where revolution starts.
But, wait, someone might say, what does this have to do with Beloved Streets of America? What does this have to do with poor people living on the street today? What does this have to do with Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy?
To which I say: Everything. A threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. That’s as true today as it was when Dr. King said it.
Some steps to take:
- Take care of yourself. Eat healthy. Sleep as well as you can. Go walking. Breath.
- Stay informed. Watch the news. Read the papers. If you’re following the travel ban, watch news stations outside of the U.S.
- Educate yourself. Read the writings of Dr.King, Henry David Thoreau, Gandhi, and Albert Camus. For further reading: https://artisticactivism.org/reading-list/
- Love thy Neighbor. Be especially kind to any Muslims, people of color, and impoverished people you come across. The threats and changes will affect them the most. Also, it’s just nice to be nice.
- Donate to organizations being threatened such as the ACLU and the NAACP and ours
- Disconnect when you need to. If you need to take a day off of Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, do so. Watch a silly show. Read a good book. The world won’t end if you take a day to laugh and smile.
Because it’s not a black thing; it’s the right thing