Do Not Tell Me

Don't Kill My Mockingbird

In order to effect change, we must first commit to the idea that we can influence our own lives as well as those around us. We must first believe in our ability to change the world around us, before we can ever expect change to happen.

Getting angry, frustrated, sad–and voicing our emotions is nothing if we believe it is nothing. If we truly believe we do not hold the power to make things different, to make them better, then we don’t have the right to tell the world, in any manner, how angry we are. Feeding fuel to a vitriolic fire has power. Spreading hateful images, stories of assumption, derogatory anecdotes has power. When almost half of the U.S. population lives in poverty, when over 27% of blacks live in poverty, when over 45% of young black children (under the age of 6) live in poverty, we cannot 

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