“The other night, I was walking my dog, and I thought to myself, “If even one of my neighbors finds me suspicious enough and calls the cops, I could die tonight.” That is something nobody should ever have to think, and I guarantee that almost every POC in this country has thought in their life. I am scared to walk my dog at night because of the color of my skin. I am
scared to do a lot of things because of the color of my skin. Even driving my car stresses me out because of how many times I’ve been harassed by the police. That’s our constant reality. That’s our perpetual trauma injected into our being over a lifetime of seeing people who look like us treated like we are less human because of the color of our skin.
This is nowhere near the first time that I’ve been made to feel ashamed of my skin, but this is the most ashamed I’ve felt in my whole life. And that shame makes me feel guilty, because as a person of color, the one thing you’re not supposed to do, is let anyone tarnish your armor much less let them know about it. But I am tired of the facade, and I am tired of acting like my heart isn’t breaking more and more every day. That’s why the streets are on fire. A human being can only take so much pain before the cracks lead to chasms, that allow the trauma that we suppress, for your comfort, to flow freely. Those fires in the streets are nothing compared to the fire in the US that has been burning unchecked for centuries.
I was adopted by two white parents that I love very much and they allowed me to become my own man. That does not make me white. No cop has ever asked me what color my parents are before putting me on the ground. My adoption did not equate with me receiving their privilege. I am a brown man in America and I am scared for my safety whether it comes in the form of police brutality, racism, or any of the hundreds of other forms of oppression that remind me I am not white on a daily basis.
I am grateful for my allies from both the POC and white communities. We may never live to see the world become the place we want it to be, but I promise you it never has a chance If we don’t come together right now.” (Continued in Comment)