REPOST FROM MY MAIN BLOG WEBSITE…….
Enough is Enough
I’ve questioned if to speak on what is going on in the world right now.
Not wanting to say the wrong thing. Not knowing what to say. How to say it and if to say anything at all.
Being mixed race I’ve experienced my fair share of racism – subtle and blatant, from all angles. So, in the end I realised that staying silent was not an option.Yet, when it dawned on me that I have consciously be dealing with racism since I was about 6 years old. I’m almost 38. So, in the end I realised that staying silent was not an option.
Because its about standing up for what I believe in and against what I have had to deal with all of my life. Increasingly experiencing subtle racism on the streets I’ve grown up in and in the workplace.
I’m tired of hearing about police brutality, murders and miscarriages of justice that happen to black people all the time.
Enough is enough.
Staying silent on an issue that impacts me, my family, my friends, children I teach and the children I’m yet to have is not an option.
Yet, when I see a woman who has been openly racist to my own mother go wild posting the black lives matter hashtag and reposting posts from others I realise that for many this is just a trend.
A trend that is followed by token gestures of following more black people on Insta or posting a black tile.
This isnt enough.
Its what you do in the real world when this is no longer a popular hashtag.
Because its these REAL world actions that will make an impact.
Doesnt matter if it’s a small action. Small actions performed consistently and by many people will eventually lead to change and move mountains.
The change starts with you. Me. Each of us.
That doesnt mean posting, commenting and doing videos. We don’t all roll like that. It’s doing the right thing that you feel called to do and are passionate about.
For me its in the areas of education, beauty and spirituality. What will it be for you?
As much as I realise that its not my place to tell people what to do. As far as I’m concerned you know yourself which means you know what you should be doing, aren’t doing and you know the reason why.
It’s a choice to CONSISTENTLY do better.
That being said, I feel called to share some of the things that have inspired me recently. As my body forced me to slow down, reconnect with my heart and disconnect from the whirlwind of thoughts, sadness, frustration and anger that was taking over.
You already know what thoughts, stories and beliefs you subscribed to regarding black people. You already know what you do and dont do. You also know why. So, before you start calling other people out: Check yourself and call yourself out. What mindsets need shifting? What needs healing within you?
Talk to your children.
Many say do this in a way that’s age appropriate or from the perspective that its not good enough to say “colour doesnt matter“. However, me being me I’m going to make another suggestion:
Talk about it in a way that resonates with the child and is empowering.
What does that mean? Not all kids require us to tiptoe around the issue yet all kids should be left feeling empowered. So, if you are going to talk about the darkness you must talk about the light. Which is that yes black people have endured and do endure struggle. However, we have and continue to rise: Oprah, Obama, The Lawrence family….. all have done wonderful things. Rising above all odds and influencing change.
On that note, remember to celebrate the beauty. Something that I heard mentioned recently and it really resonated. There are so many stereotypes and negative stories about black people. By sharing the positives it brings balance and a beautiful perspective.
Please don’t just dwell on the negative because as black people we are not victims and have achieved amazing things, serving as a beautiful inspiration to others.
Educate yourself on black beauty and celebrate.
Support black owned businesses
Do this in the real world and on the social. Buy their products and services and if you love them share them on your page, in the same way you share Loreal and Mii cosmetics (Are they inclusive? Do your research. Check their social. Make your own mind up).
Support also means sharing content of the black people you follow and receive positivity from. Rather than reposting it as a “download” or knowledge that you have just magically acquired. I see you! #justsaying
Finally, get involved in the movements that matter to you and that you are passionate about. Here are suggestions that I’m involved with:
The Black Curriculum – Write to the Education Minister to get black history on the curriculum in the UK. There is a template you can use.
Pull up for change – Jackie Aina
Enough is Enough – Oriste Williams
Stephen Lawrence Charitable organisation
I also do not buy books or merchandise from those “spiritual teachers” who clearly don’t support the black community. Trust me, they are obvious to see.
On that note, I want to say that this is a pivotal time in history and a big opportunity to really impact on change. It may take a while, yet its possible. However, everyone must look at themselves first and do the work.
With love x
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chanel Marie (QTS) is a Psychic, Divine Channel, Angelic Reiki Master, Crystal Healer and Qualified Beautician with clairvoyant, clairaudient and clairsentient abilities. She uses her gifts to guide you through your soul-awakening and return to self-love journey. She works with clients 121 both in-person and remotely. To book a private, 121 guidance or healing session with her, please enquire within here.