Dear Black people,
I believe in equality. I believe that, although humans are so different in so many ways, we still are the same on a basic level as long as we respect each other. Regardless of the color of our skin, our nationality, our believes, our gender, our sexuality, our age, our social class, our income, our job, our family structure.
When I say: ‘we are the same,’ I do not mean that we look alike, that we act alike, that we think alike. But if we break it down, all of us are human. And nothing else should matter.
Yet, it does. Even though we live in a world that claims to offer equal opportunities to everyone, it’s not true. Slavery in the US was made illegal in 1865, racial segregation with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Yet, de facto segregation still continues. To end this injustice, we, as white people, have to fight with you. We, as white people, have to stand with you. For real equality.
Sometimes, I am ashamed to be a white person when I see white people talking about ‘all lives matter.’ Of course they do. But our white lives are not at stake. Our white lives are pretty comfortable. We don’t have to be afraid to get hit, tortured, shot when we walk down a street or buy groceries. Or when we sleep in our beds.
I am sorry that you have to go through this. I am sorry that so many white people refuse to give up their white privilege. I am sorry that so many of you had and have to die. But I promise that I will always fight with you, that I will always stand with you.
You are not alone.