Anti-Black capitalism with consistent hustle and work requirements intentionally exhausts us so we don’t have energy to challenge oppressive systems. This is why self-care is important.
Writer Audre Lorde stated, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.” Self-care can be: sleeping, exercising, creativity, reading, experiencing nature, or quality time.
White supremacist culture uses fear and microaggressions to oppress us. Remember: Black Joy is the true protest. To fight back we must find ways to do things that bring us pleasure.
With anything you do, ask “how will this bring me joy?”
For our people, community is everything: family reunions, book clubs, church, or just getting together.
Beloved singer Bill Withers sang, “Lean on me, when you're not strong and I'll be your friend. I'll help you carry on. For it won't be long till I'm gonna need somebody to lean on.”
MLK stated, “When we discover [God], and when we allow Him to be the central force in our lives, we begin to live with new meaning.”
We don’t solely exist to fight and resist anti-Blackness, it’s an obstacle we face along the way. We’re loved by God. Lean into your faith to pray, meditate, cry, or even scream to comfort you.
Anti-Blackness won’t be gone anytime soon but by practicing these tips we can combat it and bring ourselves closer to living more freely in body and spirit.
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