In Using My Voice and Social Media Platforms More Effectively (step two)

Wondering how to act when your Facebook feed is full of condemnation for Michael Brown and Eric Garner? First, read this. Second, click on the link to the poem by Danez Smith, and use it as the basis of a prayer for a better world.

As It Ought to Be

Credit: Joshua Sinn, Flickr Credit: Joshua Sinn, Flickr

In Using My Voice and Social Media Platforms More Effectively (step two)

by Perry Janes

*A version of this originally appeared as a post on the author’s Facebook page. It’s reprinted here with permission.

There are people on my newsfeed with posts and memes that read “Michael Brown is dead because of Michael Brown’s actions.” There are others voicing their support of the NYC police officer who choked and killed Eric Garner. There is literally no word in the English language to express the outrage I feel at these sentiments – at seeing them when I log in to my account – or to unpack the levels of racism and hatefulness implied here. Let’s set aside the fact that an armed, white police officer in a community already rife with racial tensions fired six shots into an unarmed teenager – six shots against an unarmed youth –…

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