Updated: Jun 2
My friend and brother, Percy Thomas, is tired of just posting on social media We're all angry, frustrated, and want to do more than vent and share on Facebook and Twitter.
He has come up with an idea I feel is pretty powerful. When I read his suggestion, I became emotional immediately and unless you don't have a heart, you will too.
"We can say it's time to end this violence against unarmed black men. A way for others to get a slim idea what it was like for George Floyd. An opportunity to say something and do something. A way I think to process what black people all across this country feel. If you're with me? Here's what I want to do.
I want everyone to film yourself for two minutes. (A fraction of the time Floyd was held down by a knee.) Lay face down on the ground and say the same things George Floyd was saying: "I can't breathe, mama, my stomach hurts, my neck hurts." For the rest of that one minute, say whatever you want.
During the second and last minute, lay in silence and solidarity for George Floyd. Pre-tape or go live and post all videos Monday at 8pm. That's one week after Floyd was murdered.
If you're in let me know and spread the word. Share and repost. Just venting online does a little. This is another step. The next step will be the real work of changing this system so that at least kids and their kids may not have to fear the police. Maybe the police will think before killing."
As Percy says, please share and spread the word. Let's make a difference. Let's show solidarity in a way that evokes (a loose) reality and empathy with black people who are murdered every day. We can do this. We should do this.
Percy, on a personal note, thank you for ALWAYS being a beacon of light and hope in a sometimes very bleak world. I'm in awe of you every single day and so proud to call you a friend and family.
Note from Heather: As an additional incentive for those who share from the Girl Gone Smart Facebook page, I'm donating a $50 gift card to spend however you wish. Sharing from there is the only way I can track who has shared the post and you will be automatically entered. I really want to get the word out on this and see our timelines FLOODED with these videos. You will be notified Monday, June 1, by 8pm.
EDIT: FACEBOOK REMOVED MY ABILITY TO POST, LIVE STREAM, COMMEBT, LIKE, OR DO ANYTHING EXCEPT READ AT 6PM THIS EVENING (JUN 1.) WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED TOMORROW NIGHT AT 8PM.