Stepping of our comfort zone, choosing to get educated, speaking up, showing up and disagreeing because that is what it takes to fairly support our brothers and sisters. This is the times that we are facing as humanity, and as a whole standing up together for our voices to be heard, holding hand to hand from anywhere and everywhere.
Before I go on, I must admit, that YES I have been part of racist thoughts and comments at some point in my life. Judging, labeling and despectively allowed words to come out of my mouth before even thinking of the harm I was causing with that behavior. Some of it were influenced by beliefs that were previously implanted in me while i was younger, and some of it too, because of experiences lived by being an immigrant whom first language is not English. Realizing now that such behavior needed a shift and that whatever was taught to me or experienced on my own flesh, did not justify to show up as a racist being.
Admitting this makes me even feel disappointed, but instead of trying to undo what has been done or said, because there is no time machine to go back and act differently. I decided to stay in the fire until truthfully letting go of those beliefs, and not only educate myself but also talk, and educate those around me willing to listen with an open heart. Putting into practice non-violence with my thoughts nor words. Growing into full responsibility of myself, by fearlessly sympathizing and speaking up for true and equal rights, yes, all lives: black, white, and in between matters, regardless where you come from, Asia, Africa, Middle East, South America, Caribe, I mean it from anywhere. Instead of labeling based on skin color, accent, ethnic background, sexual orientation and/or gender, look within you may be surprised of the importance of being inclusive by including everyone.
It is a constant work, we don’t have a magic wand to magically change anything nor anybody. But when we show up regardless, when we stand for what’s right over what’s safe, over the fear of being judged, criticized, or even staying in denial, instead choosing to be educated to be able to understand the core of any situation, behavior. It does takes commitment to show up courageously , and the choice is on each and everyone of us.
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