Black Lives Matter

In light of the recent, and not so recent, events surrounding the murders of George Floyd, Breona Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and thousands of other Black people over the last four centuries, I'm shutting down my site for now.

The police murdered George Floyd in the street in broad daylight while they knew they were being filmed. The murderer who knelt on George Floyd's neck looks nonchalant, with his hands in his pockets, as George Floyd calls out that he can't breathe.

This violence is horrific but not new. It is a stain on this country so old that it's hard to see where it stops. And I refuse to be complicit in that violence. Because it is not enough to not support white supremacy and the militarized police that are killing and gassing and beating people as I write this. As they have been all week, without any apparent shame. There are exactly two sides to this: You're either with the racist, fascist cops and their political allies, or your against them. There is no neutral. If you aren't explicitly and vocally against the people who are beating and hospitalizing peaceful protestors, protestors crying out for the rights of Black people to exist, you are allying with them.

I stand for the Black Lives Matter movement. I fully support the peaceful protest of the abuses and violence that have been visited on Black people for longer than this country has existed. I support the defunding and re-structuring of police departments across this country, and the implementation of policies that will hold police accountable to the people.

I condemn the violence of the police against the protests of the last week. I condemn the use of tear gas and rubber bullets being used to maim and kill. And I condemn the politicians and government officials who are not speaking out and calling for an end to this violence.

I'm not the first to say these words, but they bear repeating:

If you aren't angry, you aren't paying attention.

If you are wondering what you can do to help, here's a short list:

Be safe, and let's work towards a better future.