“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
January 15th is #BlackShirtDay to honour and commemorate BIPOC and racialized Canadians. As the struggle to dismantle a colonial, white supremacist, heteronormative, cisgendered, Judie-Christian society continues, many of our brothers and sisters continue to be not simply ignored but actively harmed by the pervasive norms.
Today is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, and with the angry hyper conservative zealotry that we have been witnessing rise back to the surface like a bloated corpse, it is imperative on us to stand in strong, peaceful solidarity, as he would have wanted.
Change is going to come, but it is our responsibility to be the change makers. We cannot ask the people that we, as a society, have oppressed for hundreds of years to be able to make change on their own. This is a mess of our own making, and just as we teach our children to clean up after themselves, we must clean up after ourselves.
So please help.
Please join @arc.vancouver in making Black Shirt Day an annual event in schools and workplaces across the country. Please step up in strength for those that are oppressed. Please use your one voice to amplify BIPOC voices. Make space for advocates and activists. Spread love.
*and yes, I see it, too – the sunlight shows that his black shirt was just a very dark blue. He tried ❤️