I will not stand in the way of justice.
I will not be another obstacle or hurdle.
I will not begin to say, “I know exactly what you’re going through,” or “this is true in all communities.”
I will not compare our racisms.
I will not diminish your experiences because they make me uncomfortable.
I will not stay silent.
I will not let ignorance educate me.
I will not passively let bias or prejudice into my life.
I will not speak for you.
I will not be your savior.
I will not stay neutral.
I will not “give you permission,” or “allow you,” to fight as you don’t need it when advocating.
But, I will take action.
But, I will protest with you.
But, I will stand by you.
But, I will get tear gas in my eyes with you.
But, I will get shot by rubber bullets with you.
But, I will catch you when you fall.
But, I will help you back up.
But, I will hold your hand.
But, I will encourage you to continue fighting.
But, I will continuously educate myself.
But, I will advocate for justice and peace as you do.
But, I will represent you when you get charged while fighting for civil liberties.
But, I will vote for you to lead.
I will vote for you to win.
I will cry tears filled with rage when injustices occur.
I will continue my pursuit for social justice.
I will advocate with you – not for you.
I will rely on your experiences.
I will rely on your emotions.
I will rely on your strength as it inspires me to be better.
I will educate with you.
I will rely on your guidance.
I will be the ally you need me to be.