1. What may feel uncomfortable for one person to talk about is a necessity for another. For those of us who identify as a person of color, we do not have the luxury of editing our skin tone to be more visually pleasing like the filters on Instagram.
  2. I'm so tired of watering down my ethnic background for a single group of people who dictate the emotional and societal tone of a nation full of diversity... only to see my culture exploited by these same people for financial gain.
  3. I refuse to live in world where Harambe the gorilla gets more acknowledgement, respect, and awareness than a young man or woman who is slaughtered by the very people who have sworn to protect and serve us.
  4. You can't pray in church, but you can be Brock Turner and viscously rape a young woman only to receive a slap on the wrist.
  5. You can't be Freddie Gray and put your hands up, but you can be Dylan Hood and be treated to Burger King after you commit one of the worst massacres in American history.
  6. You can't be Alton Sterling selling cd's, but you can be Ethan Couch driving under the influence, killing four people, evading justice, and then only receive a two year sentence.
  7. Racial ignorance denies the history and lived experiences of generations before us.
  8. Racial ignorance also invalidates the feelings of aggression, hatred, and horror that people of color are forced to face.
  9. But most importantly, talking about race allows us to heal. We must LISTEN to understand the voices of those who have been silenced, overlooked, and undervalued for far too long. Where there is understanding, there is compassion. Where there is compassion, there is love. And love... love is the ONLY weapon that can and will erase hate.
  10. "Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others."
    -Rosa Parks