Comic 1270 - Black Lives Matter

4th Jun 2020, 3:38 PM in Quarantine Hiatus 2020
Black Lives Matter
Average Rating: 5 (12 votes)
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Jocelyn 4th Jun 2020, 3:38 PM edit delete
I need to apologize. I've been quiet too long. Recent events have left me speechless, so let me say this as plainly as I possibly can:

Black lives matter!

We owe our current rights as members of the LGBTQ+ community to trans and lesbian women of color at Stonewall.

We see you. We hear you. We love you.

We will not forget.

You might've already seen this link, but in case in you haven't seen it yet or haven't checked it out for some reason, here again are some ways you can help.

(And it's available in other languages if you need it!)
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Tramuntana 5th Jun 2020, 5:36 AM edit delete reply
Honestly I don't blame you. Even from here in Catalonia, we are with you.
Leah 5th Jun 2020, 3:29 PM edit delete reply
Being speechless is a very natural reaction for anyone who is watching a tragedy like this. Thanks for speaking up.

I can't come up with a non-awkward way to say this next bit so I'm gonna blurt it out and hope nobody in the comments section gets mad:

You're a public speaker who people look up to. Thank you for using that power to not just show support but ALSO give your readers a link to tools we can use to educate ourselves and our families and make difference in the world. It's easy to tweet a hashtag but that's not going to fix the problem. We need to work on changing minds and hearts.
Zoe-guest 5th Jun 2020, 4:56 PM edit delete reply
That wasn't awkward at all. It was nice and succinct.
Zoe-guest 5th Jun 2020, 4:59 PM edit delete reply
Being initially speechless is ok. We all were/are horrified by what's going on, but—as you've said—remaining silent isn't an option. When we recover from the initial shock, it's time to find our outside voice!
Pseudonym 8th Jun 2020, 4:36 PM edit delete reply
Even from here in Finland, we are...

Talking about myself kinda goes against the whole point. Still, I need advice on what I can say or do.

I'm a white cishet male and wave at passing cop cars. I live in one of the least ethnically diverse countries on the planet. I've known a total of two black folks in my life, neither African-American.

I'd say "We are with you", but can I? Are we? I can't call my reps or vote about this, and I'm too cynical for online petitions rn. I can't demand that my tax dollars stop going to this. The people seem mostly inured to the endless awful news from the US. Proclaiming we're with you seems arrogant & shallow.

I'm outraged by what I've been seeing, but saying "we see you" & "we hear you" sounds vapid - how much do I understand? And I don't have an audience to spread the news to.

I suppose I can throw money at the problem. I bought that racial justice bundle at Yay.
Quin 11th Jun 2020, 11:51 PM edit delete reply
As a white intersex individual living in the South of the USA, even I have had thoughts of "is this action I'm taking performative?". And so I went and found anti-racism and anti-police groups on facebook and elsewhere, I read personal accounts that people gave, and am constantly trying to keep up. Acting against racism isn't something that you just do by joining the protests; it requires actual work on our part.

How would you do that in your country? I don't know. But the people who would know will be at those protests. Talk to them, support them publicly. That might turn a surface action of just showing up into doing some work to dismantle the racism that is hidden in the system.
Sarah 14th Jun 2020, 8:30 AM edit delete reply
I'm a foreigner living in Finland. If one wants to support people of colour in Finland, one of the best ways is to help African immigrant families with integration issues. While the government does this in theory, the reality is that a lot get "left behind". Learning the language is hard, and there's waiting times for the schools and many aren't so good. Finns tend not to want to interact with foreign people, especially people of color... this impacts their ability to learn how things work (its complex just getting a police id.. official mail comes in Finnish, so its incomprehensible, etc.). Just having a single Finnish native acquaintance can be almost life saving. (For medical appointments, having someone go with you can mean difference between getting no care, and getting proper care.)
If Finland continues to not do well with intergrating new arrivals, income disparity and hopelessness that it spawns could lead to social issues down the road...
Gilly 16th Jun 2020, 12:53 AM edit delete reply
This post brings to light how white this comic is.
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