Positive Images: Chicago BLM Protest + #carefreeblackkids2k16

This past week was a physically and mentally draining week for us Black folks. Aside from all the fuckery that’s been happening with the trigger happy police department across the nation, Black people still manage to keep their spirits up. The deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile has brought a lot of people together but most importantly, it’s creating a sense of community in the wake of tragedy. Many say that these protests won’t work, and no one will listen; although this may be true, I love what I’m seeing among Black people. We are beginning to unify. 

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Cities around the world took a stand for Black Lives Matter including Chicago. This past weekend protesters marched peacefully downtown and even marched for TWELVE HOURS that Saturday. They blocked the Dan Ryan express way and even shut down the The Taste. The protests haven’t stopped and continued today with a sit-in organized by young Chicago high-school women #BLMChiYouth. So far they shut down the infamous Michigan Ave and have cause street closures. BIG UPS CHICAGO!!

Along with protesting, Black people are also coming together for the sake of mental health and creating spaces for healing.These fatal events that keep happening to the Black community is traumatic enough for adults, let alone children. Growing up Black has it’s challenges but that shouldn’t take away the innocence and youthfulness from being a Black child.

Heben Nigatu, who works on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and co-hosts the podcast called Another Round, created the hashtag #CareFreeBlackKids2k17 last Thursday following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and is still trending today. #carefreeblackkids2k16 is exactly the comfort and relief we needed during a time like this. It’s a reminder for Black kids to be kids, and for the wold to see their joy.

This sure put a smile on my face. Keep shining Black people!

XO,

Rebecca

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