Went to sleep tight.
Woke up tight.
The mental gymnastics required to even function as a Black person in Columbus, Ohio right now is ridiculous.
More less function in
Youth advocacy and care.
Any professional setting.
Raising your child.
Sitting on virtual meetings.
Caring for others.
Getting out of bed.
And being asked to do so
In the face of an officer who clearly is not from our community.
Who does not understand how many levels there are to de escalation in the face of a group fight.
That we even have to debate that.
I’m not going to debate that.
And y’all want us to get up.
Care for our families.
Mourn some more.
Run our businesses.
Forgive all your microaggressions.
Educate all your bias.
Coddle your tears.
Like, come on.
I heard so many Black women say idk what they want me to do.
To Black people in Columbus today
Find your moments to breathe.
Be off camera.
Do what you have to do for you first.
I know a lot of you are up and ready right now.
I am too.
And please, take moments today.
Don’t watch the footage if you can avoid it.
Step away from social media at some point.
Don’t read news comments under the video.
Don’t engage with trolls who don’t value human life.
Call on your Folx.
Set your boundaries.
Protect your energy.
Pick up the phone and say what you need.
Don’t apologize for being a wreck.
Check on your village if you have the energy.
You don’t have to have the answers.
Relax your shoulders.
Find the life inside you.
Connect to it.
The system is doing what it is designed to do.
It is not broken.
It is designed to try and break us.
The system is working just fine.
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