It's a Tough World + BLM My Thoughts

It's a difficult world to be in right now. A really difficult world. We have a huge global pandemic going on and in the midst of it all, there are huge inequalities in the world, when everyone should be treated and respected as equals. I started this month very positive but with events both in my personal life and society, it's hard to remain positive with everything going on and it's also hard to know what to say.

I think while some people have "jumped on the band wagon" of the Black Lives Matter, others have really taken the campaign on board and used it to educate to themselves. I've seen many influencers using their platforms to spread key resources and vital information but with that, a lot have been getting hate. I can't understand how some people are so cruel in the world and yes, online words words still hurt and virtual hate is still bullying. Of course, all lives matter. Every single person matters. But sadly, there are inequalities and fundamentally, white populations have privilege. All lives can't matter until black lives matter.
I want to write about less serious topics - so to speak - but at the same time, it doesn't feel right. Social media seems a very strange place right now and so I wanted to share some resources available to help others educate and learn about black history. The NMA recently shared a great resource post, but the website I've found is here.

I would just like to add that I don't agree with vandalism and I think regardless of what statues etc. stood for, destroying public property is a crime and very disrespectful. There is a right and wrong way to go about enacting change and that is not it. Also, protests can really make a difference when trying to make people listen, but it has made me incredibly sad to see social distancing rules broken. Yes, there are bigger things going on in the world, but people - including myself - haven't seen family for months. I haven't seen my boyfriend in 3 months, I haven't met my niece, I barely leave my house and my mental health is suffering. I do not want a second peak and with death rates still extraordinarily high, I think the public should continue to make a stance but in the eyes of safety.

Also, remember, those that aren't sharing and posting, or are posting about other things, are not necessarily not caring about #BLM but may be choosing to do so in private or even trying to spread positivity. Personally, I found the people who shared Blackout Tuesday, without sharing resources, more frustrating than those who shared nothing. For suffers of poor mental health and anxiety seeing riots constantly can be very depressing and they need an escape.

On that note, I want people to remember that when I post on other topics, it is not that I no longer care, or have forgotten, but I don't want to bombard others when they may be struggling or are educating themselves privately. Also, as I have said before, I don't think I am educated enough myself to continue to talk openly about the topic and I think it's important to let those who do talk about it more so.

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