Connect
To Top
 

How to Speak with Loved Ones Who Don’t Understand #BlackLivesMatter

Here are the facts to help you have these tough conversations.

I choose to believe people are good. It is a conscious, difficult decision, but it is a decision I make every day. My ability to make this decision and the ease with which I can make it is a product of my privilege as a white woman, and that should not be downplayed or ignored. But choosing to believe that people are good helps me to navigate the arguments and tensions that have erupted within my family and peers in the wake of nationwide protests calling for the end of police brutality against the black community.

Here are the facts to help you have these tough conversations.

Fact: George Floyd was unjustly murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin while other officers looked on without intervening.

George Floyd is one of many within a far too long list of black people murdered by the police. His death, tragically caught on camera, sparked the current movement to end police brutality. Some have argued that Floyd somehow incited his own death, which is not only super insensitive and reflects the widespread ignorance prevalent in the U.S. but skews the focus from the topic of police brutality and the blatant abuse of lethal force.

Fact: The black community lives with the constant knowledge that they or a loved one could lose their lives in a second when interacting with police.

There is a long history of deadly interactions between black people and the police. Black children are taught from a very young age how to avoid becoming a victim of police brutality.

Fact: Everyone is guilty of racism.

Though an uncomfortable truth, every white person benefits from the racism that exists at a systematic level within the structure of the United States. Acknowledging the privilege that results from the systematic racism that continues to oppress black communities is the first step towards advocating change. Of course, this is a difficult notion to convey to those within your family and friends who staunchly argue against the idea that they could be guilty of racism.

Fact: You can’t change everyone’s mind.

There are many individuals who are not good and who have let their ignorance and privilege blossom, turning them into stubborn racists with no interest in empathy or compassion. Arguing with these kinds of people is simply a waste of time and energy. The best way to argue with hateful, willfully ignorant individuals is to dedicate your time and efforts to advocate for greater change and to donate to organizations that are putting in the work to change the system.

Featured Image by Daniel on Flickr

Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Be Informed

  • How to Manage Perfectionism

    Perfectionism can be extremely harmful as well as difficult to manage. Luckily there are ways to cope and improve your mental...

    Lydia SchapiroSeptember 24, 2020
  • Naomi Osaka Advocates for Racial Justice

    Learn about how star tennis player, Naomi Osaka, shows her social activism and support to racial justice on the court.

    Lydia SchapiroSeptember 16, 2020
  • Sustainability at Home

    Cultivating sustainability in the home is easier than you think! Learn about the easy ways to make your home more eco-friendly....

    Lydia SchapiroAugust 27, 2020
  • How Will College Change in the Fall?

    Keep reading to learn about the question marks surrounding the coming semester.

    Lydia SchapiroAugust 26, 2020
  • Egypt Making Strides Toward Equality

    Egypt took a step further in the direction of women’s rights a few days ago, approving a law that would protect...

    Kalyn WomackAugust 21, 2020
  • Black Mothers: The Risk of Giving Birth

    Serena Williams was not the first black woman to be ignored by her doctor post-partum. Black mothers consistently balance the joy...

    Kalyn WomackAugust 14, 2020
  • No More Bumps: 5 Steps to Smooth Skin

    Ladies, it’s hard to feel nice and smooth after shaving when ingrown hairs and bumps immediately take the spotlight. However, not...

    Kalyn WomackAugust 13, 2020
  • Healthy Social Media Use

    Social media presence has increased for decades, remaining incredibly prevalent in everyday life. Cultivate healthy habits by learning about the effects...

    Lydia SchapiroAugust 12, 2020
  • No Woman was Surprised by What Happened to AOC

    A few weeks ago, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was insulted by Representative Ted Yoho being called a “f—ing bitch” and “dangerous.” Afterwards,...

    Kalyn WomackAugust 12, 2020
  • The Meaning Behind #ChallengeAccepted

    Recently, a trend has surfaced on Instagram where women nominate one another privately to post a black and white picture of...

    Kalyn WomackAugust 11, 2020