From time to time, I used to lament that I wished we could go back. I wished we could go back in time to when things were simpler, “easier” and I’ve just realised how rude and offensive that that sentiment actually is.
From now on, please let it be known:
I, for one, do not long for simpler times.
They were horridly racist and misogynist… Full of damaging “otherness”.
I embrace our current, complicated lives where the Powers That Be are challenged.
I embrace the hard work it will take to remove the centuries of oppression that people have faced.
I embrace the hard work it will take to remove the centuries of oppression that people are facing. Today. Every day.
I don’t want an easy life if it means that my children and their children will face the same challenges that we face.
I don’t want an easy life if it means that any child will face the same challenges.
That’s the cowards’ way out.
I am scared, but I am not a coward.
I do not long for simpler times. I won’t have it. I will not go quietly into the night.
I will fight. I will rage. I will persevere because people deserve better.
People deserve better and I know we can make it happen.
I was going to do these as a series of tweets but, it’s too big for that. I had too much to say. I didn’t want to be hemmed by character limits.