Launching my website today feels like a particularly self-indulgent pursuit: 2 days after the horrifying terrorist acts committed in Charlottesville, VA. I say acts (plural), because the entire rally was in itself an act of terror, intended to intimidate, instill fear, and oppress. Not to mention the multiple physical beatings of counter-protesters by Nazi's and White Supremacists. And then, of course, there was the car incident. A man intentionally rammed his car into counter-protesters, murdering a brave woman named Heather Heyer, and injuring 19 others.
And so, today I'm making a promise to myself. I may not be speaking to a wide audience, but I am going to use my platform, large or small, to speak truth to power. I am going to act with intention. I am going to introspect and seek truth. I am going to lean into the softness of community and the strength of my friends. I am going to feed myself and my community by supporting my local urban farm! I am going to know who my neighbors are, and offer material support when they need it and when I am able. I am going to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. I am going learn self-defense. I am going to walk through the world with the uncomfortable knowledge that until all of us are free, none of us are free.
Here is what I will not do: I am not going to make myself appear affable for the benefit of others or my career. I am not going to be nice (I don't think I ever have been, to be honest). I am not going to forget that there are real live Nazis running around in polo shirts and boat shoes, right here in my liberal bubble of Brooklyn, New York. I am going to keep my eyes fucking open.
Stay Woke, y'all.