“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

Please don't let it take me, or another black person that you are comfortable with, dying before harkening and speaking up on the severity of this systemic racial conditioning, that often cost the lives of black people. 

Situations like Alston Sterlings and Philando Castile, thanks to recent technology, are the ones we are fortunate to capture on camera. 

Black communities continue to be and have been filled with these horror stories—Our barbershops, churches, and family gatherings are saturated with personal accounts of unlawful police aggression and brutality.

Please don't wait until our judicial system acknowledges and accepts fault or for all the evidence to add up before personally speaking out against this broken system. 

Not all police encounters are racially charged, not every cop is guilty for the actions of few, and there is no quick-fix, but please do your part. 

While you muster up the courage to speaks up, we muster up the courage to leave our homes. And if you're not intentional about finding this courage, by the time you do a lot of us will be dead.