Black Lives Matter.

This is in honor of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, but also for every black and brown man, woman, and child who has died at the hands of a white person. I hope these words mean something.

After another shooting of a black man or woman, I usually do not respond publicly. I usually do not post on social media. I usually don’t know what to say.

After tragedy like this, I often feel that nothing I can say will make any difference. I am not black. I am white. My whiteness is a shield that protects me. What can I say after another white police officer kills another black man? Another black woman? How can my words posted online change anything? When I know that I will never be the victim of a racial attack in the same way? What can a sad white woman say that will change anything?

But today, I feel that I need to say something. Maybe my words will just vanish into the void, but it is better to say something than to say nothing. I do not want to remain silent to injustice. I do not want my silence to be taken for complicity or agreement with the killers. I will not side with racism and injustice just because I do not know what to say.

To Black and Brown people and all people of color, I am sorry. I am ashamed at the way racism destroys lives of people of color. I am ashamed by the racist, violent history of this country. I am sorry that my privilege comes at your expense. I am ashamed that I do not know what to do to make this stop. I am shocked and stunned that this keeps happening. I am so full of sorrow that another Black soul has been destroyed. I know there is no excuse, no explanation, and nothing I can say that can repair what was done.

All I can do is acknowledge and respect your pain and your humanity. I want you to know that I stand with you and care about you and love you. I want you to know that I am looking for a path to make things right, and that I support your struggle, and that I will do anything I can to stand by you and fight for justice. I want you to know that your lives DO matter. I am not sure if I have the words to say everything that needs to be said, but I will speak. Black people deserve justice. Black lives matter.

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