I am not mentioning the multitude of names of people shot by cops. Those names are known. I’m not discussing the obvious tragedy of death. I’m writing a quick word because I typically avoid the discussions on the subject. I don’t dive into Facebook dialogue or comment sections. I typically keep pushing forward with my day to day existence, because living is hard enough.
I’m writing these words because I want to talk about the multitude of areas of activism. There are people who get in the trenches and fight the variety of wars on the frontline. There are people who are subversive and you won’t see or hear about anything that they do, but they are fighting. There are people who write and create art. There are people who march and attack the government. There are people who buckle down and become better parents, family members and friends.
NOT ONE OF THESE ACTIVISTS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANOTHER.
The world needs people performing in various capacities of activism. Everyone isn’t built for the same type of battling. We all approach these situations with a completely different approach. If my decision is to become more available to my children when these murders happen, then that is activism. If my approach is to not share the videos or the statements being shared, that’s also activism. If I wake up tomorrow, buy a gun, walk into my local courtroom, and begin firing at police officers, that’s also activism (although it ultimately creates more death).
NO ONE FORM OF ACTIVISM IS GREATER THAN ANOTHER.
If someone is spending time sharing every post about the murders, that is activism. If someone decides to lend a hand to someone because they want to show support, love and brotherhood, if they don’t speak one word about the murders, that’s activism.
ACTIVISM TAKES MANY FORMS
You may not ever know what someone is doing or how they are dealing with situations that call for justice. Your job is to do what you feel makes the biggest difference… and no one knows what makes the biggest change.