Kia ora folks. I am mourning George Floyd and publicly condemn his brutal murder by police officers. This is 2020. This is happening almost every day. I recently learned that there were just 27 days in 2019 that police did not kill someone. Police killed 1099 people in 2019. Black people are 3x more likely to be killed by police than white people. You can read more research at Mapping Police Violence.
George Floyd pleaded “Mama!” as he was murdered. George Floyd had a family who is mourning him. We need to get into gear so that nobody’s son becomes another statistic.
If you are ready to take action and don’t know where to begin, donating to and sharing The Minnesota Freedom Fund is a great place to start. Since 2016 they have been working to abolish the unjust monetary bail and bond systems and raising money to post bail for people who cannot afford it in the meantime. White friends, we need to stand up, speak out, acknowledge our privilege, acknowledge that our privilege is a debt. White privilege does not mean that we haven’t struggled. It means that we are not discriminated against and in danger because of the colour of our skin. We have lived our entire lives and will live our entire lives with this privilege, and that privilege comes with a responsibility to do whatever we can to fight for justice.
Since Aotearoa came out of lockdown a few weeks ago, I’ve been finding it harder and harder to maintain that lovely work/life balance that I wrote about recently and was cultivating during lockdown. I’m still working out how to manage it as a beginning teacher in a very supportive but/and busy school, but in the meantime I’m thrilled to share this thoughtful article on the subject by poet Caits Meissner. I’d love to hear your thoughts and what has been working for you!
Productivity is not necessarily contribution…
— Read Caits’ article here.