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  • Stevenson posted an update 1 month ago

    Today I choose to make my voice heard!! 👊🏻 This month i had decided to be a #heeler and raise awareness, no idea how impacted I would become after the senseless death of George Floyd at the reckless hands of law enforcement. Today, I choose to stand up for Black and brown rights so no one has to live in fear! 👊🏾👊🏿 No man, woman or child should be afraid just because the color of their skin!. We have a profound problem here in the United States and it’s violence!! I have a few trickle down affects in the black and brown community that I’m sure a lot of you have not thought about, can you imagine the fear a white woman is in, when she is being abused by her white husband SHE is fearful for herself and calls police he gets spoken to and maybe removed from the home, now imagine her man is of black or brown skin and she had to call the police? What do you think a black woman thinks about when she needs to call the police?? .

    DEPICTIONS OF BLACK MEN AS THE PRIMARY VICTIMS OF POLICE VIOLENCE MAY MAKE BLACK WOMEN RELUCTANT TO INVOLVE LAW ENFORCEMENT IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASES; THEY EXPECT BLACK MALE PEERS WILL BE SUBJECT TO POLICE VIOLENCE OR EVEN DEATH.

    I stand with #blacklivesmatter, #whitepeopleforblacklives we need to start defunding the police! A Pic below with number to start in MN, call your state reps, write your state reps, let this protest make the difference for our communities and for our black and brown families and friends we love ❤️ SPREAD LOVE NOT HATE, in a world if you can be anything BE KIND.

    Here is an example my friend Tannera George Gibson wrote and I couldn’t have found a more fitting example 👊🏻👊🏼👊🏽👊🏾👊🏿 together we can make the world a better place 🌎 ❤️
    For people who don’t understand why black folks are exhausted, angry, and lashing out…Maybe it’ll help to see it in a way that affects you…

    Imagine your sister is married. Her husband is abusing her but she can’t leave. (This is a hypo so please don’t say, leaving isn’t an option here) One day he beats her within an inch of her life. He does it in broad daylight. You take her to the police. They tell you to leave and nothing ever happens to him. She has to go back to him. It happens again a month later, nothing. It happens 3 months later, nothing. He keeps getting away with it. No one cares but you.

    The masses tell you that you need to relax, she’s probably doing something to make him behave that way. She’s the trigger, though he’s 5x bigger than her.

    He’s mentally and physically abusive. He’s abusive in front of friends and family. He’s abusive in front of her children. He gives her just enough food to survive, nothing more.

    One day, he takes her out on the street. She does something he doesn’t like. (Keep in mind, this is your sister. She looks just like you.) He goes to hit her in broad daylight, and she decides to fight back.

    Onlookers are telling her to go to the police, violence isn’t the answer, one wrong doesn’t justify the other. Some onlookers are saying “no wonder he hits her, look at how she behaves.” It’s easy for them to say, because they’ve never felt the crushing blow of one of his punches. Never been beaten or berated in front of one of their children for no reason other than his disdain for her.

    During the commotion, he hits and kills her. The world sees it. Her children see it. She begs for her life, but it wasn’t enough.

    The police, again, do nothing. Are you angry? Are you ready to take a stand? What will you do to make sure justice is served? Phone calls? All the things you’ve tried before that haven’t worked?

    If you’d be happy making calls, and having calm, peaceful conversations with authorities under these circumstances, then fine. If you can ensure that you’d never raise your voice, hit someone’s desk, or slam a door open because your sister is dead and no one cares—no one ever cared—then fine.

    Somehow, I don’t think you can say that…
    That’s what this is.

    #blm #whitepeopleforblacklives #endpoliceviolence #NomoreDV #walkamileinhershoes #virtual #heeler #heelathon

    • Change is uncomfortable but necessary given the past and current climate. Thank you very much Laurie.
      Do what you can to become allies but more than ever, do something as opposed to nothing.

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