Our Destinies are Intertwined


Around the U.S. yesterday, universities were on watch because white supremacists from Identity Evropa and the ‘Alt-Right’ had announced plans to flyer college campuses with racist propaganda.

In my local context, a group woke up early on Sunday morning to check for flyers at the University of Michigan. Fortunately, we didn’t find any of theirs here. But we did post different flyers around the campus to address white supremacy and affirm the lives of those most impacted by it. Some of our flyers had a quote from Alicia Garza, one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement. I would like to share that today:

“#BlackLivesMatter doesn’t mean your life isn’t important — it means that black lives, which are seen without value within white supremacy, are important to your liberation. Given the disproportionate impact state violence has on black lives, we understand that when black people in this country get free, the benefits will be wide reaching and transformative for society as a whole. When we are able to end hyper-criminalization and sexualization of black people and end the poverty, control, and surveillance of black people, every single person in this world has a better shot at getting and staying free. When black people get free, everybody gets free. This is why we call on black people and our allies to take up the call that Black Lives Matter. We’re not saying black lives are more important than other lives, or that other lives are not criminalized and oppressed in various ways. We remain in solidarity with all oppressed people who are fighting for their liberation, and we know that our destinies are intertwined.”

– Alicia Garza, #Herstory

Our destinies are intertwined.

We need to do the work of dismantling white supremacy. White supremacy does physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, social, and economic violence to people of color. This work before us involves internal questioning and awareness, and it involves external solidarity and truth telling because systems of power frequently discriminate and oppress along the lines of race. When we do this work, little by little, we will all untangle ourselves from the internalization that some lives matter less than other lives.

Our destinies are intertwined.

Renee Roederer


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