I am at a loss for words. I have been attempting to come up with the right things to say but for some reason feel as if it is not my place to say anything. I do not want others to feel as if I am taking away from the pain they are experiencing or the struggles they are facing because the thoughts in my mind are far from doing that. At the same time that I struggle to come up with the right words to say, I have decided that it takes everyone's voices in order for them to be heard, so I think it will be okay for me to speak loudly with you all.

What angers me most about Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, among all of the other humans we have lost in this same exact aspect, is the fact that people are still actually questioning who is at fault. People are still justifying the actions of those shooting guns before they are placed at risk and yelling "self defense" or "protection" every chance they get . People are still actually arguing the point that #blacklivesmatter and that something needs to change. But I hate to break it to you, it DOES need to change. Immediately. 

I recognize the fact that I am not someone who can share my experiences because I am not black but I do know that I am someone who cares very deeply about people no matter what their skin color, body size, ethnic background, or amount of income is. I care for people because they are people, period, and we all deserve to live in a world without fear of being hated, mistreated, or killed. Some of the most important people in my life are people who fear leaving the house daily because of the color of their skin and it absolutely sickens me that I, too, have to fear them losing their lives. It sickens me that I am one of very few who have opened their eyes and realized that the next person splattered over every social media outlet could be someone I know and care about. Racism is real and I have witnessed it happening from both sides; people being racist and people I know and care for having racism used against them. It is very real and it is very wrong. 

People are not wrong for questioning why we use and will continue to use the hashtag #blacklivesmatter and they are not wrong for being confused why people feel so strongly about this. A lot of these people simply lack the knowledge on the topic so it is important to teach it in a civil manner. Of course there are plenty of people who do not care to understand it and flat out have no respect for these issues, but that is how we know racism is still alive and strong. It is critical to join forces with those willing to learn and understand every aspect of the situation so maybe, MAYBE one day these things will no longer be driving our country apart.

It is time for all of us who understand and support the #blacklivesmatter movement to start speaking out. It is important for all of us to work together to make this right, no matter what color we are. This movement shouldn't segregate us, it should be used to educate and link together every person who believes in making these wrongs right. There are a lot of us rooting for a change and I think it can happen - The more voices we have yelling out, the more we will be heard. 

We have recognized there is a problem, so where do we go from here? How do we change the views of adults living now? Do we teach the children to think open mindedly from the beginning? How do we advertise change? There is no wrong way of action, but action needs to take place immediately. We have to start somewhere. Start voicing your opinions, it is important that we hear you.

I am not here to please anybody; I am here to be another voice in the fight for what is right and I believe the only way we can make this change is if we work together.

Once black lives truly do matter, then all lives will matter. 

xo McKenzie - My Darling Catastrophe

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