In lieu of a new episode this week, we are joining @cult45podcast in their call for a #podcastblackout. We stand AGAINST racism, legalized slavery, white supremacy, and police brutality. We stand against the violent, unapologetic, unpunished murder of black lives. We stand with our black family. #blacklivesmatter
A message from Cultured host Michelle Khouri:
Fuck legalized slavery. Fuck systemic racism. Fuck patriarchal capitalism. Fuck white supremacy.
USE YOUR SUPERPOWERS, NON-BLACK FOLK. WE AREN'T ALL MEANT FOR THE FRONT LINES. SOME OF US ARE MEANT TO CHANGE SYSTEMS FROM THE INSIDE. SOME OF US ARE MEANT TO REDISTRIBUTE WEALTH. SOME OF US ARE MEANT TO CHANGE LEGISLATION. SOME OF US ARE MEANT TO CAUSE RIPPLES WITHIN RACIST COMMUNITIES. USE YOUR POWER. USE YOUR PRIVILEGE. HOWEVER YOU CAN.
Our black and brown family has had to bear this burden for far too long. It's time for us to step up. Change won't happen overnight but, if you haven't started working on this already, start NOW.
To my black family: I love you. You're so needed in this world. Don't let the oppressors fool you - they oppress you because you are innately POWERFUL. Your sense of self, connectedness, and unwavering soul threaten those who feel meek and small. Never forget that their oppression is a projection of their own feelings of unworthiness and powerlessness.