He Cried Mama

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he cried mama

The last week has been full of tragedy. A pandemic, another death that never should have happened, the boiling over of the United States of America as city after city decides the time for change, is now.

The thing I cannot stop thinking about is the words that came out of George Floyd’s mouth as he lay begging for his life under another man’s knee.

He cried Mama.

My mama heart broke when I heard that. It broke again when I found out his mother has been dead for two years. He either was so terrified that his instinctual need for his mother rang out, the little boy he was screaming for help, or he knew his time was over and cried for her because he would be joining her soon.

Either way, he cried Mama and I think we all need to answer.

I am a white woman. I am privileged. I am in a mixed race marriage and have a mixed race child, but my life is protected and easy in so many ways. I try to stay open and learn. I try to use my privilege for good. I know my words are not the ones that need to be amplified right now. Black people’s voices need to be amplified.

He cried Mama.

All I can say is that my mama heart is breaking for our world’s children. For my black sisters and brothers who feel they have nothing left to lose and are righteously angry. I stand with mothers everywhere who fear for their children daily because of the danger they are in, in a world that judges them first for their skin.

My mama heart is answering. I don’t have the right words. I don’t know what they would be, but I cannot stay silent.

I am limited right now in what I can physically do to help anyone. It’s a pandemic, I am 9 months pregnant. But I can use my platform and my voice.

I can donate. Most of all, I can listen.

So here is my list of places you can donate if you feel your mama heart breaking. Here is a list of Instagram accounts I find teach me on the daily about my privilege. People that we should listen to. Voices that need to be heard far more than mine.

“You should be angry. You must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn’t do anything to the object of its displeasure. So use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it.”  – Maya Angelou

LISTEN:

R. Lum. R. aka Yung Tanjiro:

A fantastic musician with a message that always gets straight to the heart of things.

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Lyrics: So what happens to a man Living cornered as he can When the help they extend cant comprehend his melanin Well you’ll treat me like a nigger Filled with sorrow but embittered Guess my attitude’s enough To excuse how much you kill us And I wonder what I’d think Among the concrete and the heat Laying lifeless I will bleed Reaper leads me off to sleep Would I think of my sister If she’d know how much I’d miss her Or if my niece would understand That dying wasn’t in my plans Could my brothers hold their anger And try to shield themselves from danger They’ll wanna take the neighborhood But wonder they’ll wonder if they even should Could my mother hold her sadness Once’s she’s asked to speak of me She’ll have to pose me as a martyr Through her tears an agony Would I think of all my friends Watching my untimely end How will they grow or rebuild I’m fated to be killed Or would I wonder how one sleeps at night What it’s like to truly feel that right And as my blood bleds through the news And could you turn it off and snooze Cause it’s doesn’t affect you… But If I can’t breathe You take from me My only chance to be a human being. if I can’t breathe I can’t be We just want to be human beings.

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Rachel Elizabeth Cargle:

A teacher and storyteller who has taught me more about my privilege than almost any other. Sit and read and absorb. Then use your privilege and go forward.

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#RevolutionNow • We all have to show up. Solidarity is the only answer. Revolution NOW! • I am looking forward to speaking to you all this evening as I give my public address on revolution. As an educator I will be doing my part to offer critical language and a critical lens through which to approach your role in the fight for justice. • There are many roles in the work. The organizers, the educators, the mobilizers, the protestors, the resource distributors, the medical, the lawyers, the activists. People who have dedicated their lives and their learning to showing up in this fight. Find the leadership you need to get active. • If you RSVP’d to my public address this evening you will be receiving an email in the next few hours with time and virtual location details. If you’d like to attend you can RSVP at the link in my bio. • I want to personally send my deepest gratitude to every human body who has put their comfort and safety on the line to uprise in the most tangible ways against the systems that are killing us all. • Tips slides by @69herbs • Drop an emoji or comment or share to help boost this information to those who can utilize it.

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The Conscious Kid:

This is a parenting page for those trying to raise children to be anti-racist. Owned and run by black and brown voices.

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🚨It's never too early to talk about race.🚨 "Adults often think they should avoid talking with young children about race or racism because doing so would cause them to notice race or make them racist. In fact, when adults are silent about race or use "colorblind" rhetoric, they actually reinforce racial prejudice in children. Starting at a very young age, children see patterns — who seems to live where; what kinds of homes they see as they ride or walk through different neighborhoods; who is the most desirable character in the movies they watch; who seems to have particular jobs or roles at the doctor's office, at school, at the grocery store; and so on — and try to assign "rules" to explain what they see. Adults' silence about these patterns and the structural racism that causes them, combined with the false but ubiquitous "American Dream" narrative that everyone can achieve anything that they want through hard work, results in children concluding that the patterns they see "must have been caused by meaningful inherent differences between groups." In other words, young children infer that the racial inequities they see are natural and justified. So despite good intentions, when we fail to talk openly with our children about racial inequity in our society, we are in fact contributing to the development of their racial biases, which studies show are already in place.” (Dr. Erin Winkler, 2017) Images by @pretty_good_design, adapted from work by the Children’s Community School. #Parenting #RacialBias #TeachersOfInstagram #AntiRacist

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DONATE:

I love this graphic list of places to donate from @ellamosco on Instagram. However, Minnesota Freedom fund now suggests going straight to Black Visions Collective or Reclaim the Block. You can also go to the NAACP or ACLU as places to look to for more information on donating to help the cause. I know I am doing a combination.

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‼️IMPORTANT UPDATE‼️For those asking – yes, please feel free to share this post! It seems like this has been a useful resource for a lot of folks, which is fantastic. HOWEVER, if you do share, PLEASE NOTE that @mnfreedomfund, @blackvisionscollective and @reclaimtheblock have asked that you REDIRECT your donations HERE: http://bit.ly/fundthecommunity ❗️LINK IS ALSO IN MY BIO❗️If you’ve already donated to these organizations, here are a few additional ones you can monetarily support: @bailproject, @fairfightaction, @covidbailoutnyc, as well as North Star Health Collective and Communities United Against Police Brutality. Stay enraged and do the work. Keep calling, keep emailing, and DONATE if you can. Support local organizations who are providing support and challenging white supremacy #justiceforgeorgefloyd #blacklivesmatteredit

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He cried Mama.

I know I feel broken, but it’s not my time to sit in pain. It’s my time to sit and listen. Listen to those who have hurt for generation after generation. This is just one small segment of people I find helpful to listen to.

Who are you listening to? Have you checked on your family and friends that are black? Have you listened to their feelings lately? What places are you going to, to learn? Open your mama heart. He cried, Mama.

He cried mama PIN

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Liz McTan is an entrepreneur, blogger, singer/songwriter and above all a mom. On her blog The Redheaded Rambling Mama she focuses on the necessity of connection and establishing our own village. Liz also writes about maintaining a sense of self after children, and beating the illusion of perfect parenting we see throughout social media and keeping a sense of humor to stay sane. She is a proponent of traveling, protesting, and even attending festivals with your kids. Through her battle with post-partum depression and anxiety she has found a new sense of self and purpose in her writing and music with her band Echo Hill. You can read more of her work at www.redheadedramblingmama.blog or on her social media pages www.facebook.com/redheadedramblingmama and www.instagram.com/redheadedramblingmama

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