This is a different kind of TunesDay. I am taking this time as a thank you–a sharing of weight and burden. It is an expression and acknowledgement of the unbearable struggle that my Black and brown family constantly endure.
I am unbelievably grateful to every single person, across racial plains, who has taught me about solidarity, Black struggle, and what that means in creating a better world.
You have shared your triumphs and your pitfalls. You told us about your losses and fears. And sometimes, often times, we do not believe them.
It makes me incredibly emotional to know that there are people who do not value our shared humanity, who hijack every opportunity for learning and turn it into defensive ignorance.
Still, you speak your truths as if your lives depend on it, because it does.
It was never and is never your job to keep teaching and keep educating those around you. But still, you do. And I have benefited from that every step of the way. I promise to do more teaching. To let you take a break and stop your wounds from reopening.
Your resounding resilience comforts me. It tells me that despite oppression, hatred, and magnitudes of barriers, it is always possible to overcome. It tells me that eastern Asian womxn like myself can also be strong and outspoken. You tell me that my voice also matters. You confirm that racism and exoticism isn’t just in my head; that it impacts as all–some in worse ways than other. But we never play oppression olympics. We’re not at Rio. We never displace or remove or hide. You always let us express our shared frustrations and our differences. In doing so, you uplift us all, without question or compromise.
There are no words to explain how thankful I am for the womxn of color, especially in the Black struggle, who teach me, guide me, and love me in spite of my missteps and high learning curve.
We rise because of you.
So this is just a thank you, plain and simple. Because even though thank you’s don’t change the world, you still need to hear it. You need to know that your work and your presence matters. Thank you, a million times over. I have learned to love myself because of you and in turn, I will do everything in my power to ensure you too feel love, safety, and acceptance in this society that constantly tears us down.
With a love that knows no bounds,