We Stand Against Injustice

June 3, 2020   66 Comments

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We Stand Against Injustice

I thought long and hard about what I might say or if any of you would want to hear from me on the human rights issue that continues to cause so much trauma in the USA.

I saw that WW posted a statement on their Instagram and if they can do it - so can I. I feel as if I can't continue to write Snack Girl without speaking up.

My plan for today was strawberry oatmeal muffins and I am going to share them on Sunday instead.

I am a food blogger with a platform - and I am a human with a voice. My blog is essentially about how to become and stay healthy. Racism is a health issue. The experiences of racism raise the risk of emotional and physical health problems, including depression, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension.

There are moments in your life when you feel as everything comes into clear focus. That moment for me was when I became a mother. My daughter and son gave me a deep sense of purpose. My purpose was to keep them safe - and that goal became my one of my most important reasons for living.

If I think just for a moment about my neighbor - a mother of a black son - and her fear that she cannot keep him safe because of the systematic brutal behavior of some of our police - I lose my breath.

George Floyd was somebody’s baby and in his last moments he called for his mother. If he had been my baby, I would do everything in my power to ensure his death was not for nothing.

My tax dollars fund the police, the DA, the court system - and this injustice must stop. Racist cops need to be treated like the cancer that they are and be removed from duty. When they do something as grotesque as execute a black man in broad daylight - they should get prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

I will continue to protest, vote, and give money to the people and organizations that can bring about real change until my neighbor does not live in fear of her baby dying at the hand of a police officer. I don’t know when that is going to be. Honestly, it feels like this will never end because it has been going on for so long.

I wish that the love for each other - our humanity - could heal this awful trauma that we continue to perpetuate as a nation.

This is all I wanted to say. Thank you for reading Snack Girl (as always). If you choose to comment, please be respectful of others.

I am in business with Mediavine (my advertising partner) and we stand against injustice.

Sunday, I promise I will be back to muffins.

Much Love,

Lisa AKA Snack Girl

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Thank you for this post. I am with you, with George Floyd's family, and with BLM.

Thank you for using your platform for this very important time in our lives. If I wasn't already a fan, this would have swung me fully into a follower of your food blog. Thank you.

Thank you for this post, we are in agreement with you and couldn't have said it any better!!

Thank you for standing up for what's right.

I have been struggling with what to say for fear of saying the wrong thing, but saying nothing is worse than saying something, even if that something may be "wrong" but comes from a place of love. What you said feels right and clearly comes from a place of love so thank you.

Thank you for your post. You said it beautifully.

Thank you for saying what we all are feeling.

Praying to see the end to racism in my lifetime

Just wondering what we the blacks did to other races to always treat us like trash.

Whites not only vandalized the African continent but are going ahead to brutalise us in every part of the world.

Thank you for your post - I feel the same way as a mother. We all have to stand together.

You wrote what was in my heart. Thank you for your powerful words.

Thank you! I've read you blog for years. I am a woman of color.

MLK Jr said. 'The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good.'

Thank you again for your voice.

Thank you for your sincere heartfelt comments - our family dealt with police brutality 60 years ago in Newburgh, New York - Due to some obscure laws protecting police officers, they never seem to get their justice for wrongdoing-it has manifested over those years to this rather common occurrence of escalated brutality/death-it's time to STOP their unconditional authority and full discretionary power and hold them responsible!

Thank you For using your platform. It is time we all speak up.

Thank You for posting this !! I’m with you and feel the same !!

Thank you for using your voice and platform to share what is in your heart... I'll stand by you.

Everyone is against injustice and we know there is not always justice. Is there justice for the small business owners who are losing their lives and businesses to criminals who are rioting and looting (these are not the protesters, but paid rioters who are being given pick axes and bricks. WAPO has kept data about police shootings since 2015. Last year there were 802 police shootings. 371 were white; 236 black and the vast majority were armed. Of the 10 unarmed African Americans shot, 5 of them had attacked police officers before they were shot. Last year was the safest year for unarmed African Americans, but last year 48 officers were killed.

I would have appreciated your comments for the injustice if you had also included condemnation for the criminals who are now attacking and killing innocents who are trying to defend their properties or acknowledging that policing is dangerous and if this continues, you will not have someone show up to protect you when you are in need because no one will want to be in law enforcement! Condemnation of one action without condemnation of the other actions is only promoting racial tensions!

Prejudice is a disease far worse than any pandemic. I stand with you.

Thank you so much for your heartfelt post. As the grandmother of two precious little black boys and soon a little biracial grandson, I appreciate your concern.

Thank you so much for your public statement! I’m glad to see another that is willing to see and describe the violation of the social contract that violence brought by those in the position of power results in, the injustice that lives across centuries of practice; change happens so slowly, and I think again we are at a touch point where people can not, should not, tolerate the status quo.

Love your neighbor as yourself and this injustice would end.

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