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The Underlying Condition of Oppression

Racism. Rac*ism. It’s defined as “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against

someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior,” according to Oxford Languages. As a minority you may define it as “I can’t breathe,” “stop and frisk” or “don’t shoot”. The history of lynchings have turned into modern day police brutality. Many are protesting, rioting, rallying and just sick to their stomachs. How are we still dealing with the underlying condition of oppression in 2020? Many are angry, outraged, overwhelmed and suffering in silence. Racism should no longer be in existence. We have suffered enough.

Mothers shouldn’t have to bury their sons. Families should not have to prepare for how to

handle themselves during routine traffic stops. Fathers should be able to leave their home and return alive. Arrests should be made without undue harm or death. Cell Phones should not have to record deaths. It’s apparent that #BlackLives don’t matter to some. What can we do about it? Some are unaware of how to channel their frustrations in a strategic manner. There are hundreds of grass-root organizations focused on social injustice. However, organization is the key to fighting racism and oppression. If everyone is yelling at the same time, who can be heard? Our strategies, rallying, rioting, platform use and teachings must be organized. Let there be a method to your madness. The oppressor will continue to tear down without organization.

If you are in search of national organizations to join the fight to protect Black Lives, then look no further. These organizations have local affiliates in just about every major city or region.

● National Action Network: and on Instagram as


● Build Power: and on Instagram as @bldpwr.

● Until Freedom: and on Instagram as @untilfreedom.

● National Association for the Advancement of Colored People: and on

Instagram as @naacp.

Once you decide upon which organization to partner with, what’s next? Here’s how you can help the #BlackLivesMatter movement:

● Attend a local meeting for more information. Whether in person or virtual, be present to

join in the discussion.

● Attend a local rally or protest. Be on the frontlines to picket against injustice. Use signs,

chants, hymns, or etc to be bold for the cause.