• Ani Antoine

Persist & Overcome. My Black Life Matters.

Updated: Jun 22, 2020

This week I almost didn't write a blog post. The unbearable and traumatic events resulting from the death of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, and so many others have weighed heavy on my heart. These acts of violence have resonated throughout the globe and have demonstrated a racial divide within American society. The ways in which Black lives have ended due to senseless acts of violence and racism have made clear the current tumultuous climate within the United States.

For years, it's been stated that the U.S. had entered a "post-racial era," that racism was a thing of the past; however, with current events, it is even more clear just how much America has resisted positive change. Racism is very much a real issue and the acts of police violence have made it more explicit.

As a Black person in America, these senseless deaths have reminded me of how important it is to actively speak out against injustice in order to make sure that my life and those around me are protected.

The lives of the individuals affected by unnecessary police violence have wrongly been cut short, but we as a people can lift our voice to stand firm against racism and discrimination. We can donate, protest peacefully, vote in local and national elections. WE can make a difference.

I also urge others to think deeply about how they wish to make a difference. Posting to your Instagram page and story is great, but how are you enacting tangible changes that uplift the community? It's easy to fall into the social media trap of posting and reposting to portray ourselves in a good light, but it takes courage and bravery to take actions that generate societal change.

I pray that you all are taking mental breaks from social media and are promoting your health and wellness during this time. It is easy to be consumed with heartache/upset and social media can promote an environment that is mentally exhausting. Take time for yourself, so that you can heal. You can offer a lot more when you are at your best self. (Take a look at this amazing post by The Black Student Movement at UNC that gives tips for coping with tragedy: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAx5Qdgg7U7/)

Also please continue to uplift the families of those affected by these horrific events. They are suffering immensely during this time and I pray for their healing.

Lastly, always remember. No justice. No peace. Black Lives Matter. ✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿

Blooming where planted,


Art by Stormy Mae. Instagram: _stormae

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