Tired of the Hashtags of Death

When will white racism stop killing Black people?

It seems that no matter what we do, the hashtags of death keep multiplying.

Over the decades, thousands of Black people have died at the hands of the police, just as centuries earlier, millions died at the hands of racist white people. Things aren’t getting better.

We have learned this week that damaging white neighbours’ drywall is more important to the “justice” system than killing Black bodies.

Truly, Black people aren’t surprised. We could see this coming. We may be tired of racism, but the white supremacists aren’t, and they seem to be the ones running things.

I’m not giving up, though. I plan to keep giving voice to these wrongs on all the platforms where I’m active. Right here on Medium, and in my anti-racism newsletter.

If you want to know how this Black woman feels about racism, check out:

“Your Black friends and colleagues are hurting because no matter how often we Black people tell ourselves that Black Lives Matter, the system makes it crystal clear that our lives don’t matter.”

“Not all Black people are strong. We can’t bear more, physically or emotionally. We feel pain, we cry, we suffer just like everyone else. Just like white people, we may need medication or counseling, though we’re less likely to get it.”

“I’m still waiting for being Black NOT to be a crime

so we can own nice things and live in nice places

without being questioned or arrested”

“When you raise your kids in the Caribbean, you don’t have to deliver the talk the minute they leave the womb. Instead, you can take a more measured approach.”

“In so many cases, to be Black is to be in the wrong, before you do anything or open your mouth. #AmaudArbery And your word about your own probity isn’t enough to save you from being stopped, arrested, or killed.”

Today, in the wake of that ludicrous verdict which erased the death of Breonna Taylor, I’m tired. Tomorrow, I write again, and fight again. I hope you’ll join me.

© Sharon Hurley Hall, September 2020

Sharon Hurley Hall is an anti-racism writer, a professional B2B writer and blogger, and co-host of The Introvert Sisters podcast.

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Pro writer (B2B/B2C). Antiracism writer. Co-host: Introvert Sisters podcast. Global citizen. She/her. Sharon’s Anti-Racism NL: https://antiracism.substack.com/

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